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Today's Opinions

  • EPA falls short on coal ash rule

    Lexington Herald Leader
    Regulations issued last week by the Environmental Protection Agency for waste from coal-fired power plants are welcome but fall short of fully protecting the public.
    Coal ash — the residue left over after coal is burned to produce electricity — contains varying amounts of carcinogenic and toxic metals such as arsenic, barium and lead.
    Kentucky produces about 9 million tons a year of the waste, which is stored in ponds and landfills.

  • The joy of being a sinner

    Thanks to my daughter, Alison, I’ve been listening to Chris Rosebrough, a Lutheran pastor in North Dakota who has a daily podcast, “Fighting for the Faith.”
    He critiques sermons by a number of superstar Christian pastors and speakers who have become more enamored with themselves than with Jesus. Among other things, Rosebrough points out how they mangle or water down scripture, or ignore it altogether.

  • Project Prom labeled ‘wonderful success’

    Editor:
    As Project Prom has quickly come and gone for this school year, I want to thank all that gave of your time and talents to make this a wonderful experience for our youth! Project Prom takes the combined effort of the Project Prom Committee, community, schools, board members, food services, businesses, and churches.

  • House Speaker: ‘right to work wrong for Kentucky’

    Over the last four months, there has unfortunately been a renewed effort to breathe life into a proposal that most economists declared dead long ago. Supporters call it “right to work”; the rest of us, with the facts on our side, call it “right to work for less.”
    Those backing the concept claim it will cure everything but the common cold. Not embracing it, they say, has cost Kentucky countless jobs and limited worker choice.
    They’re wrong on both counts.

  • Used cars: A love story

    My love of the used car began some time ago. I love the used car because I’m cheap, frugal, broke; whichever adjective that you prefer. I am ashamed to admit that I’m also smitten with some of the fancy options. The fact that somebody else took the hit for those features, and that I eventually benefit, is also a selling point.

  • Death of the dreaded neighbor lady

    I killed my neighbor lady last week.
    I’ve written about her before, about how she’s a huge butinsky when it comes to my kids and how she’s always running interference for them, “protecting” them from the way I parent them and just basically being a major pain in my neck.

  • Energy a state focus

    Even before it became a state in 1792, Kentucky’s energy potential was well-known.
    It all began in 1750, when Dr. Thomas Walker, one of Kentucky’s early explorers, discovered coal here, and our profile began expanding significantly 40 years later, when the first commercial coal mine opened in what is now Lee County.

  • When God is ‘too small’

    A few years back, I read about a woman who titles her years according to what she wanted to accomplish or see happen during the year.
    One year might be “The year of overcoming” or “Hope will see me through.”
    That one particular year was titled “Your God is too small” after a lengthy conversation she had with a friend about all the things she doubted would ever happen, from family members coming to faith in Christ to whether she would ever or could ever sell her house.