Today's Opinions

  • Education, government accountability dominant theme in General Assembly last week

    When it comes to education, few days in recent years could rival last Thursday, when the state learned in the morning that it is a “Race to the Top” finalist and the Kentucky House voted overwhelmingly that afternoon to begin raising the high school drop-out age from 16 to 18.

  • Pleasureville meeting is broken, time to fix it

    It was the strangest thing I’ve ever seen.

    Since I began working in newspapers more than a decade ago, I haven’t seen a meeting as nutty, as whacky, as out-of-control as last week’s meeting of the Pleasureville City Commission.

  • Health care plan will be a disaster for America

    Why is our current health care system completely unable to control costs? For the same reason most Americans over-eat at buffets: when you don’t have to pay for each plate of food, you usually eat more. In recent decades, the percentage of health care spending paid “out of pocket” by patients has fallen substantially from 52 percent in 1965 to 15 percent in 2005.

  • Thank you for help with project

    My name is BreAuna Armstrong and I am an 8th grader at Eminence Middle School. Several months ago I began working on a Service Learning project for one of my classes. I decided to raise money for the Humane Society so I sat jars around town to collect donations. 

  • Being aware of peak experiences

    A prominent psychologist named Abraham Maslow coined a phrase for those occasional brief occurrences in life when circumstances seem to produce a sense of complete well being. Maslow called such ecstatic feelings peak experiences. While all of us suffer tragedies in our lives — I’ve certainly had mine — most of us also have peak experiences now and then, perhaps some more than others.

  • Five options for recycling in Henry County

    In the Summer of 2009, Henry County began to enjoy the benefits of an expanded recycling opportunity. Our County Judge and Fiscal Court included in the last garbage collection franchise a provision that required the successful bidder to locate recycling collection bins at various sites around the county. I want to reiterate my appreciation to them for doing this. As a result, we all have the opportunity to recycle glass, tin cans, aluminum cans, newspaper, cardboard, plastic bottles, plastic containers and many other recyclable items without driving as far as was once necessary.

  • Two new bills would focus on youth

    Last week, as House leaders and I continued working on the final details of a budget plan that should be ready soon for a vote, the spotlight fell on our Judiciary Committee.

    On Wednesday, it approved two bills that have gotten a lot of attention lately, and both deal with our younger citizens.

  • Raising bullying awareness

    My name is Corey Roberts and I go to Eminence Middle School. I am doing my eighth grade service-learning project on anti-bullying. During the week of Feb. 22–26, our school will be an “anti-bully zone.” We will be having poster contests for elementary students and poem contests for middle and high school students, with prizes being awarded to the winners. Thank you to Cook’s, Steel Technologies and Perry’s Tri-County Hardware and Lumber for donating money for prizes for the poster and poem winners.