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Today's Opinions

  • Kentucky is faring well

    In today’s data-driven age, there is no shortage of comparative lists that states can use to check the progress they’re making.  The rankings may not shed much light individually, but when enough are brought together, a much clearer picture begins to emerge.
    With that in mind, Kentucky and 14 of her fellow southern states got a chance earlier this summer to see how each stacks up in some especially crucial areas.

  • Feed your head don’t starve on fairy tales

    By Joe Yates

  • Sequestration is more of an axe than a scalpel

    We may be a little more than halfway through 2013, but in Washington and state governments across the country, the focus is increasingly on federal actions taken in 2011.
    The issue can be summed up in one word: sequestration.

  • People who mattered throughout life

    By Michael Duncan

     

    I am not sure how old we have to be before we begin to figure out that there were a lot people — most of them, according to those who determine who is important, quite “insignificant” — who have made very significant contributions to our lives. A trip a few weeks ago to see my mother led to my thinking about people—people who have contributed to who I am.

  • My country doesn’t sound like pop music

     I latched onto music at the same time my interest in literature exploded.

    Everyone has their own taste in music and literature, and each genre serves an individual purpose. I relax listening to Chopin or Nick Drake and rock out to the Rolling Stones or the Black Keys. When it comes to country though, I don’t put on this terrible pop fluff that everyone calls new country. My attendance at the Froggy Field Party 5 confirmed that. 

  • Lessons on leasing learned in Pleasureville

     

    Over the years, I’ve rented many apartments and a house or two. If I’d known then what I learned Monday night during the Pleasureville City Commission meeting, I surely could’ve gotten a break on my rent.

    For example, any time I’d not spent every day in the place I was renting, my landlord should’ve given me a break.

    I also learned that simply by cleaning the apartment once a week, my landlords could have taken a little more off.

  • Fancy Farm is political junkie’s Woodstock

    By Jon Park

     Saturday I traveled to Western Kentucky to a political junkie’s Woodstock—Fancy Farm.

    The St. Jerome Catholic Church Picnic, in Fancy Farm, Kentucky, began in 1880. Happy Chandler is credited for making it the political event it has become known as today, when he visited the picnic in 1931, campaigning for lieutenant governor.  He won that year, and believed Fancy Farm was his good luck charm, so he kept going back.

  • Blueberry picking is an exercise in love

    By Candy Clarke

    Why on earth do we go out on a hot day with mosquitoes buzzing us and tiring ourselves picking berries? It would be so much easier just to purchase them at the grocery store. And it certainly would be less work. Why do we do it? Because they’re blueberries!

    It would be different if it was berry picking for the wonderfully delicious blackberries grown in Kentucky. Never mind the chiggers, the heat, and snakes; blackberries are worth all the inconveniences.