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Today's Opinions

  • The mess in the middle east

    Mark Fassio

    Guest Columnist

    A few weeks ago the Local published a piece I wrote about the Russian power-grab of Crimea and its fomenting of unrest in Ukraine. With all the attention now ongoing in Iraq and Syria, I thought I’d try to explain what’s going on, and why. (My first region of study in the military was the MidEast, and I deployed there twice my career. This is déjà vu all over again.)

  • Letters to the Editor

    McConnell at center of dysfunction

    It isn’t a surprise that Jon Park would take to the pages of this paper to distort and mislead residents of Henry County on Alison Lundergan Grimes’ candidacy for U.S. Senate. After all, Park’s candidate – Senator Mitch McConnell – has no record to run on at all.

    But let’s take a look at the unsubstantiated arguments made and the very important issues conveniently ignored.

  • Relay support appreciated in cancer fight

     

    By Phyllis Banta

     

    Being thankful is not always an easy thing to do.

  • Grimes’ comments on coal stance murky

    By Jon Park

     

    A few weeks ago, a commercial began running with a mother thanking Alison Lundergan Grimes for a bill she pushed through the state house to help our military personnel vote.

    Sounds good right?

    Problem is, the bill Alison is touting as a crowning achievement of her work as Secretary of State, the Military Heroes Voting Initiative, is not what she had originally sought.  

    State Senator Damon Thayer, the Majority Floor Leader recently said, “We had to do major surgery to that bill.”  

  • Boot brigade: firefighters outdo themselves

    Ask any charitable organization and they’ll tell you the most precious commodity to come by these days is time. Folks are much more likely to write a check or put together a bag of clothes to donate than allot any of their time to a particular cause.

    But the men and women of our county’s volunteer fire departments are different.

  • Louisville making friends with pro sports?

    I hope that our sports editor, Greg Woods, will forgive me. I’m about to step into his turf.

  • It’s time for cooler heads to prevail

    It’s my opinion that the world is rarely black and white. Usually issues, especially ones that are social in nature, fall somewhere in the gray middle. And that’s a scary place. Most of us don’t like to operate in shades of gray because black and white is so much easier.

  • No happy endings with heroin

    So here’s something I’ll never understand on any level — why would anybody want to surrender themselves to the lure of a dangerous drug like heroin?

    I felt astounded by the news that Northern Kentucky — a place I’m familiar with due to having family and friends across the Ohio in Cincinnati and having lived there myself — leads the nation in heroin abuse.

    It’s a safe bet that I’m as sheltered a person as you’ll ever meet.