Today's Opinions

  • Readers encouraged to take part in school survey

    Dear Readers,
    Before I began the three part series on bullying I had spent some time discussing the mission and vision of Trimble County Public Schools. In that article was a link to a survey and this week I would like to share some of the results from the survey and continue to talk about assessing the school community.
    Survey Results:
    469 percent of the respondents know the Mission and vision statement
    463.6 percent of the respondents believe that their child’s teachers believe and practice the vision.

  • Give thanks for rural health

    By John Crabtree
    Center for Rural Affairs
    Thursday, November 19th is National Rural Health Day. On the Thursday before Thanksgiving each year, rural Americans give thanks for our health and the doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other providers that help keep us that way. In truth, most rural and small town Americans are thankful for our health, healthcare providers and the hospitals, clinics and other businesses where they work most other days as well.

  • All days give praise

    Sometimes when we’ve had a good day at our house, as we crawl into bed I’ll say to my husband, “Nobody cried and nobody threw hard-boiled eggs.”
    The “nobody cried” is self-explanatory. The “nobody threw hard-boiled eggs” refers to the time I became so frustrated and enraged that I took a plastic container filled with a dozen hard-boiled eggs that I had just finished peeling and threw them with all my might, one by one, on the entry floor.

  • Asleep at the Wheel

    By Kendra Palmer
    Director of Environmental Services
    Franklin County Health Department
    For The State Journal
    Driving while intoxicated gets the most attention, but about one in every six fatal auto accidents in the United States is due to driving while drowsy, according to a new study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.
    Even worse: 41 percent of us are guilty of driving while drowsy.
    Falling asleep at the wheel is scary and unsafe, but being drowsy also affects your ability to drive safely.

  • New study confirms education does pay

    In the late 1990s, the state rolled out a simple but effective campaign summarized by two words: “Education pays.”
    That popular slogan came on the heels of a landmark overhaul of our public postsecondary schools and the creation of such programs as KEES, the lottery-based college scholarships that high school students earn with good grades, and “Bucks for Brains,” which added hundreds of millions of state and private dollars to our university research budgets.

  • Ways to determine if your child is the one bullying other children

    Dear Readers,
    For the past two weeks I have tried to offer some information concerning the very important issue of bullying. This week’s article is the last I will write on this topic for now and I will hope that the information has been useful. In the first installment I defined bullying and explained the many forms it can take, in the second I discussed signs to look for and steps you should take should your child be bullied. This week I want to discuss how to determine if your child is the bully and what steps you should take once this is discovered.

  • The gift of misery

    I spent this past weekend feeling sad.
    The reason isn’t important — actually, there really wasn’t a reason other than I just felt like being sad, and so I was.
    I called my sister to tell her that I was sad, but she was at her granddaughter’s soccer game and didn’t answer her phone, which made me even sadder.
    I would’ve told my husband I was sad, but he would just tell me all the reasons I have not to be sad or he’d give me a pep talk, which is not the proper response to sadness, in my opinion.

  • Honoring Kentucky’s veterans

    One hundred years ago, “the war to end all wars” ravaged Europe. What we now call World War I ended in part thanks to the more than four million Americans who mobilized to join the Allied Powers’ fight overseas. Over 100,000 of them did not return home. The war ended on November 11, 1918, and the commemoration of that day has become the holiday we now observe as Veterans Day.