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Today's Opinions

  • Lipstick on a pig
  • Changing healthcare for the better

    Leaders on Capitol Hill are, once again, poised to turn their attention to health care reform. While headlines about repeal and replace have garnered the most attention, this discussion goes beyond the fate of the Affordable Care Act.  We have a wonderful opportunity ahead of us to strengthen health care for the future and create a more effective and efficient system for all Americans. 

  • Taking the pledge to sit less, move more

    Not to be a hypochondriac or anything, but the increased discussion around “the sitting disease” has soaked in. It sounds like something I’ve already caught.

    Folks who read any news at all, like me, have probably been exposed to the growing consensus that inactivity serves as the enemy of good health. 

    Thinking back to this past winter, more than once I used the excuse of the weirdly warm and wet weather as an excuse to beg off on my normal goal of walking at least two miles a day. 

  • Communication in the time of emojis

    As I finished writing a thank you note the other day, I congratulated myself on stubbornly upholding what some consider an old-fashioned practice rarely seen these days.

    At second glance, I was dismayed at the messiness of my cursive writing, which some suggest might also be a thing of the past.

  • Concerned about effects of education legislation

    This week I received a three-page form letter from Senator Paul Hornback touting what he described as the achievements of the “most productive and historic session in history.” 

    While I suppose that his description is technically accurate in that an enormous amount of legislation was produced, the connotation of the phrase belies the true nature of the legislative session. 

  • State faces aging challenge

    The U.S. population is growing faster than a blade of bluegrass in spring. But a larger population will not necessarily mean a younger population, for either our country or the Bluegrass State. 

  • In the grip of mowing mania, think monarchs

    Beyond the orange barrels and black asphalt in warm weather work zones, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) will also try, by adding milkweed to its interstate pollinator plantings, to pave the way for orange and black monarchs during their massive international migration, according to a news release sent out by the state department last week.

  • Protect the earth from legislators

    A few years ago, Wendell Berry proclaimed, “I stand for what I stand on.”  These are words that we should all aim to live by.