• OPINION: ‘Thirteen Tears’ — Rachel Scott’s story

    Rachel Scott was having lunch with a friend outside Columbine High School on April 20, 1999 when classmates Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris approached and fired several gunshots, wounding them. As Rachel tried to crawl away, Harris lifted her by her hair and asked, “Do you believe in God?”

    “You know I do,” she answered.

    “Then go be with him,” he said, and shot her in the head.

    She was the first to die in the horror that was only beginning.

  • Opinion: Snow day learning really is different now

    By Rebecca Clark Brothers

    Forty years ago this month, Nelson and surrounding counties were blanketed under 20 inches of snow.

    That year, schools missed close to 30 days. This was before bank days and long-distance learning days, so students went for a month without any instruction. When they returned to school, the teachers may have had a quick review and then continued with their regular instruction. School may have ended in early June, but the instruction time was the same.

  • Opinion: On the presidency and the attention it attracts

    By Lee H. Hamilton

    Because we live in such tumultuous political times, it’s easy to believe that today’s intense public focus on the Trump presidency is something new — an obsession like none we’ve ever seen before. Yet to one degree or another, the president has always been at the center of the public’s attention.

  • Autonomy, inclusion and the abortion debate

    By Michael Gerson

    Forty-five years after Roe v. Wade was decided, the right to abortion that the Supreme Court discerned remains controversial and disputed.

  • Opinion: Ladies, let’s be reasonable or nothing will ever be sexy again

    By Aleandra Petri

    Ladies, please.

    (Puts up feet on table in a sage fashion.)

  • Tax reform is a political bomb no one wants to touch

    By Al Cross

    The catchphrase of Gov. Matt Bevin’s State of the Commonwealth and budget speech Tuesday night was “get our financial house in order.” But if you listened closely, you heard the same message as last year: We need more money.

    “Nobody likes the idea of having to cut budgets. Nobody likes the idea of having to make these difficult decisions. There is not enough money,” Bevin said without qualification as he began to wrap up.

  • Hope is that a tight budget gets us back on track

    Despite the slick roads and thick accumulation of snow across the state, the Kentucky General Assembly returned ready to work following the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend. The general atmosphere in the Capitol was one of anticipation as citizens rallied for causes in the Rotunda and met with their legislators throughout the week.

  • Opinion: Graduating from rehab is a milestone

    By David Whitlock

    As they entered the meeting room, everyone present clapped and cheered, like they were welcoming a couple of rock stars.

    But they weren’t celebrities; they were simply two young men who months ago admitted they had a problem and decided to do something about it.

    Now they were graduating from the program at CenterPoint Recovery Center in Paducah. This was a milestone for both of them.

    “Hi, I’m Levi, and I’m an alcoholic,” the first one began.

  • Opinion: Boots on the ground

    By John Swarts


  • Cellphone addiction? Blame lies with parents

    Jim Paxton

    Publisher, Paducah Sun

    “It’s society’s fault” is psychobabble that dates back to the 1960s. It is a view, popular in that era (and somewhat so today), that people should not be blamed for becoming criminals if they are born into bad social settings.

    This view is the antithesis of personal responsibility. Its fallacy is reflected in the fact that millions of Americans have, during our history, emerged from terrible life situations to become outstanding and successful contributors to the nation.