Today's Opinions

  • What does Labor Day mean for working Kentuckians?

     Labor Day is a day off for many workers. But what is Labor Day, and what does it really mean for America’s workforce? 

  • Huge cuts could result if retirement systems aren’t fixed

    Bringing about a flurry of facts and a storm of misconceptions, Kentucky’s pension crisis has become one of the most dominating news stories in recent months. 

    One thing is for certain: if our state pensions are not addressed in the very near future, we will face huge cuts in state funding. 

    Education, Medicaid and other government services would likely be affected — a risk our state is not in a position to take.

  • Republican leaders call for pensions solution

    Kentucky’s pension systems are in critical condition. While certain state retirement plans are arguably in “better shape” than others are, every system is severely underfunded and rapidly spiraling downward towards a single outcome: no more money to pay Kentucky’s retirees.

    Understandably, retirees and those nearing retirement are concerned. Over the past 10 years, Kentucky’s pension systems have lost more than $7 billion in value. 

  • Letters to the Editor for Aug. 30, 2017

     Drennon Creek isn’t the only one that’s dying

    I am grateful to Earl Holmes Jr. for his letter in the “Local” of Aug. 16. It is a fact that nearly all of our streams are now polluted with toxic chemicals or in other ways degraded.

  • Honoring firefighters for their willingness to serve

    There’s lots going on in Henry County, but I wanted to take a few moments to talk about the sacrifices that volunteer firefighters make for their communities.

    I didn’t know Campbellsburg Fire Department volunteer Thomas P. McBride, so I’m poorly qualified to discuss his life.

  • Reckoning with addiction: COMPASS leads to help

    By John Inscore Essick

    Port Royal Baptist Church

    If you drop by the COMPASS offices at 125 Park Road in New Castle during business hours, you will be greeted by friendly faces and welcoming smiles.  

    When I visited Joan Miles and Stephanie Sharp Cravens on a sunny August afternoon recently, their offices were bathed in the kind of natural light that invites conversation and sharing.  

  • Letters to the Editor for Aug. 16, 2017

     Adult ed adopts a new brand, creates buzz

    Jefferson Community and Technical College Henry County Adult Education is extremely appreciative of past support from the community for its many programs.

    During the 2016-17 school year, the learning center served 62 students.  Many goals were met:

    • 5 earned their GED

  • Attacking those who disagree will solve nothing

    Given Robert E. Lee’s personal gallantry and his willingness to work as a constructive citizen after the Civil War despite helping to lead the Confederate army, I’d like to think the Virginian would abhor that racists continue to elevate him as a hero of white supremacy.