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Today's Opinions

  • The Boy Scouts are no more

    By Richard Nelson
    The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) made waves when it announced that it’s accepting girls into its ranks. This latest identity crisis for the 107-year old organization may be the straw that sinks their original mission to train young boys to become men.
    BSA’s Chief Scout Executive Michael Surbaugh cited the need to “evolve how our programs meet the needs of families interested in positive and lifelong experiences for their children.” No mention was made by Scout leadership about how they will fulfill their commitment to boys.

  • Despite educational gains, room remains for improvement

    When taking the long view, Kentucky has covered quite a bit of ground since we overhauled elementary and secondary education in 1990.
    Several years ago, for example, a study out of Harvard University found that only seven states saw their schools make greater progress during the previous two decades. Education Week’s most recent Quality Counts study, meanwhile, ranks Kentucky 16th when focused just on academic achievement.

  • Report card reviewed for Trimble Public Schools

    The 2016-17 school year is a transition period away from the Unbridled Learning Accountability Model to a new accountability, model. The new model is expected to be in to be in effect in the 20117-18 school year.

    Schools, District and State did NOT receive:
    An overall score (combining Learners and PR-
    (Program review)
    Component scores (Learners and PR individually)
    Classifications of labels
    Schools, District and State DID receive:

  • Beshear: We must not be silent about domestic violence

    The rate of domestic related violence in Kentucky is higher than the national average.
    According to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study, in the United States, more than 27 percent of women and 11 percent of men have experienced contact sexual violence, physical violence or stalking by an intimate partner.
    In Kentucky, more than 37 percent of women and 31 percent of men are affected by this violence in their lifetime. It is a very real possibility that your neighbor, co-worker or extended family member is in danger right now.

  • October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

    Each fall, just a few weeks before Domestic Violence Awareness Month begins in October, many of the nation’s programs that serve those who have been battered or abused take a real-time census of their work over a 24-hour period. By focusing on an otherwise normal day, we can better see the tragic reach of one of society’s most enduring problems.

  • ‘A moment for national mourning and prayer’

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding the terrible tragedy that took place last night in Las Vegas, NV:

  • Court Strikes Down Kentucky’s Ultrasound Law

    Editor:
    Kentucky’s ultrasound law has been struck down. While legal challenges to abortion laws are not surprising, U.S. District Judge David Hale’s reasoning was. He said the law that forces abortionists to provide a sonogram to women seeking an abortion violated the “First Amendment rights of physicians.”

  • General Assembly seeks ways to curb drug proliferation

    In many ways, it is impossible to calculate the true cost of the drug epidemic that has grown exponentially since the turn of the century.