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Today's Opinions

  • Tourism is key for Kentucky

    When Kentucky first got into the tourism business, James Monroe was on track to become the country’s fifth president, Daniel Boone was still alive and a 7-year-old boy named Abraham Lincoln was preparing to move from here to Indiana with his family.

    Many things have changed since 1816, of course, but that first attraction – Mammoth Cave – still remains one of the most-visited places in Kentucky, with more than 400,000 people traveling there each year.

  • Primary elections are important, too

    The first election I ever covered for a newspaper is still rather firmly imprinted in my brain.

    Little more than a decade ago, I was working as an intern for the Evansville Press, a now defunct evening daily in my home town.

    I ran to about half a dozen different polling places as the polls were set to close, and then settled in for a night of election returns.

  • GUEST COMMENTARY

    By Joseph S. Yates

    When asked what I think about the prospect of a new courthouse, I offer a lawyer’s favorite response: “It depends.” I find myself approaching the issue not so much by considering whether our judicial and county offices need more space (they do) or whether the facilities for those who work in those offices are in dire need of modernizing (they are), but how this new building would affect the life of the city — the town where I grew up and have practiced law for the past 25 years.

  • Thank you for help during tornado tragedy

    It is with great gratitude that I send you this note of appreciation for those of you who have helped the Spies family during our tragedy. We are very fortunate to live in a society of thoughtful citizens such as you. From the time the tornado struck our home until now many of you have showered us with so many different gifts as well as shown many acts of kindness in different ways. Thank you so very much for all of your continued support.

    May God continue to bless you richly.

    Janet Spies and family

  • Vote Lackey on May 17

    I write this letter to the people of Henry and surrounding counties to talk about the candidacy of my good friend, John F. Lackey, for Commissioner of Agriculture. I have known him for a long time, and had the honor of serving with him in the Kentucky Senate.

  • Vote Gritton on May 17

    I am writing this letter in support of my good friend Stewart Gritton, Democratic candidate for Commissioner of Agriculture.

  • Nothing is really “free”

    Who could be against a new “free” courthouse in New Castle? Fortunately, John Logan Brent can see beyond “free.”

    There are always costs associated with anything “free,” and our County Judge - Executive has correctly identified many of them. Loss of current rental income is just one of the reasons to refuse this offer.

  • Care Month

    May is National Foster Care Month, a time to shine the light on the foster care experience. Let’s start with some figures:
    • More than 6,800 Kentucky children and youth are in out-of-home care, with 75 to 80 percent of those in foster care. Most are placed in temporary foster care due to parental neglect or abuse.
    • The average age of a child in care: 10.7 years.
    • More than 73 percent of the children/youth in care are white; 19.3 percent are black and 4.3 percent are Hispanic.