Today's Opinions

  • Writer gives favorable views on candidates

    With less than a month to the November 3, 2015 General Election, it is important for all Kentuckians there are five important constitutional offices on the ballot.  Many people do not realize these positions can have more direct impact on the well-being of Kentuckians than those officials who go to Washington, D.C.    

  • Traffic fatalities on the uptick in state, nation

    For nearly a decade now, Kentucky has made significant progress when it comes to reducing the number of traffic fatalities in the state. Totals that topped 900 annually between 2002 and 2006 dropped to 638 in 2013, a number not seen since the late 1940s. 
    That downward trend, unfortunately, has begun to move in the other direction. Last year’s total was 34 higher than 2013’s, and through the first week of this month, we’re 58 ahead of the same point 12 months ago.

  • The conditions must be right

    “In agriculture, you don’t make plants grow, you create conditions for growth. Manufacturing focuses on the yield. Successful farmers focus on the soil. Plants grow themselves.”
    ----Sir Ken Robinson

  • Crouching kitties at the door

    For the past few months we’ve been taking care of our youngest daughter’s two cats, Mohawk and Target, while our daughter spends some time with my sister in California.
    They’re both gray tabby cats, each about 10 years old.
    My husband calls Mohawk “Hawkeye” or “Hawk” and I’ve nicknamed Target “the weasel” because he’s long and he slinks through the house like I imagine a weasel would.
    Lately, we’ve noticed another cat hanging around, white with butterscotch coloring.

  • Electronic voter registration

    Last week I made the historic announcement that all eligible Kentuckians will soon be able to register to vote online. I am proud to lead the charge to bring voter registration in Kentucky into the 21st Century.

  • Aviation industry big in Kentucky

    Most Kentuckians know that the commonwealth plays a major role in the auto industry – in fact, only two states produce more cars and trucks than we do – but far fewer are likely aware that our work in aerospace and aviation has overtaken it.
    Last year, that industry accounted for nearly $8 billion in exports, topping the $5.9 billion generated by our auto parts and assembly factories. Overall, about half of everything that Kentucky ships beyond our borders ultimately goes toward moving people and products over the ground and in the air.

  • Free/reduced lunch and Title I

    This week I would like to take the time to express to our parents and community the importance of the free and reduced (F/R) lunch program that exists in our schools. This a vital program in so many ways but I feel the numbers for Trimble County are inaccurately reported due to applications not being filed. I hope that knowing how F/R lunch rates impact students and schools we will begin to see more parents taking the time apply for the program.

  • WWJD? You might be surprised

    By Nancy Kennedy
    A few weeks ago, a woman called me with an idea for my column.
    She had just read “In His Steps,” a book written in 1896 that sparked the “WWJD” (What Would Jesus Do?) phenomena in the 1990s, the WWJD bracelets, bumper stickers, refrigerator magnets, et al.
    The book, written by Charles Sheldon, is a fictional story about a pastor who challenges his congregation not to do anything for an entire year without first asking, “What would Jesus do?” and then do that.