Today's Opinions

  • Reckoning with Addiction: Shorter lives and other effects

    By John Inscore Essick

    Port Royal Baptist Church

    The average lifespan for Americans has been going up since the 1960s.

    The HIV/AIDS epidemic caused a brief drop in life expectancy in 1993, but the average age began to rise again as we learned how to help those with HIV/AIDS live longer with the virus.

    Similarly, public health researchers suggest that the recent spike in opioid overdoses is also lowering life expectancy projections in the United States.

  • These doctors want to prescribe a cigarette tax for Ky.

    February marks American Heart Month, a time when people are encouraged to take charge of their health and enact a heart-healthy lifestyle to help reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke. In the United States, heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. And while several factors can increase a person’s risk for developing heart disease, Kentuckians in particular are vulnerable because of our high smoking rates, which are among the highest in the nation.

  • Letters: It's not skin color. It's DNA.

    It’s DNA, not skin color
    As we observe Black History Month, I appeal to your values and common decency. Change the attitudes around you by embracing all people of color. Our connection is DNA, a carrier of genetic characteristics. When skin color is the focus, it ignores our spiritual, historical and genetic reality. Oftentimes, others determine racial acceptance by skin color. We deny each other. We are Americans bound by blood and humanity, not color.

  • Letter: Recognizing unsung community heroes

    Recognizing community role models

    During Black History month, some of the unsung are not recognized. They may not realize how they inspired, informed, guided or educated young people. Their conversations and actions are powerful. Some are gone now, but hopefully their families will relate to their impact and a bit of Black cultural legacy.

  • Looking for courageous leaders to set the right tone

    Rep. Rick Rand (D-Bedford) told a story last Saturday during the Henry County town hall meeting that stuck with me.
    Rand explained that when he was first elected to the Kentucky legislature, he asked a mentor how to know when he was doing the right thing for his district. The advisor answered, “You already know what’s right. You just need the courage to do it.”
    Courage is lacking in the Kentucky legislature, Rand believes.

  • Letters: Object to state road cuts

    Object to state cuts of local road projects
    The governor’s proposed six-year road plan was not kind to much needed road improvements in Henry County.
    The plan defunded four projects and pushed back the start date on Ky. 146 phase I.
    The four projects that were defunded were Ky. 389 near Port Royal where the road is giving way to the river; Ky. 241 in Pleasureville, which included drainage and much needed sidewalk repair; Ky. 55, North Main Street in Eminence, where utility poles are literally a few inches from the roadway; and phase II of Ky 146, Clean Harbors to New Castle.

  • Social media fears cause a virtual nervous breakdown

    Is there any word more apt to describe the recent eruption of parental concern on social media over talk of violence at Henry County High School than hysteria?
    It’s unfortunate that instances of school shootings happen so often and that they come to our attention to spur so much fear, but that’s where we are.
    These factors apparently contributed to a breakdown of trust of the decision-making abilities of the educators who are charged with taking care of the students during the day.

  • Letter: Seeks support for MKSSF scholarships

    Scholarship fund seeks support for local students
    Growing up in Eminence in a Christian family, life sayings and lessons are given frequently. “Knock and the door will be opened to you,” part of Matthew 7. We had no doubt that education, life, love, adventure, service and more was within our reach.
    Unfortunately, in rural areas in Kentucky, including Eminence, the cost of tuition is rising in community/technical schools, colleges/universities (i.e. for-profit, non-profit, and private).
    The cost is estimated from $14,000 to $40,000, depending on the type of school.