• Anonymous claims not fair to Copeland or constituents

    People with an agenda often attempt to use the media to further their causes while shielding their own identities behind the mask of anonymity.

    Sometimes there are legitimate reasons for an individual to fear coming forward, either over concerns for their personal safety or the possibility of reprisal.

    But other times, they simply don’t want to attach their names and want the media to grind their axe for them.

  • Think wisely before giving pets as gifts

    The cute little faces that appeared in the Sunday edition of The Kentucky Standard said it all: “Give me a home where I will be loved and I’ll be a loyal companion for the rest of my life.”

    Sharing your life and home with a pet has great rewards, including the benefits of unconditional love and companionship. But before you adopt or purchase a pet as a Christmas gift, make sure the person or family on the receiving end really wants a pet and is willing to deal with the challenges that might arise.

  • Coat-a-Kid warms more than the heart

    Most of us this week broke out our winter coats from storage a little earlier than usual. For those of us fortunate enough, we were able to stay warm as we had to brave our outdoor travel.

    But sadly, there are many in this community who are not fortunate enough to have even these seemingly simple necessities. And many of them do not have the means or power to remedy their situation.

    Ask any teacher in any school and he or she will tell you of seeing a child show up to school during freezing winter months without a warm coat.

  • Standard seeks columnists

    The Kentucky Standard is looking for a few good writers.

    In fact, it is not so much “good” writers we are looking for so much as community-minded individuals who want to add to the civic discourse in our cities and county.

    The Standard has a long tradition of maintaining a strong stable of community columnists. As a community newspaper, this publication’s mission is to reflect what is happening locally, and that includes adding as many voices as possible to the public discourse.

  • Promising move on climate change but what will Republicans say now?

    Now that China has committed to producing enough zero-emissions energy by 2030 to power the entire United States, Sen. Mitch McConnell and his fellow Republicans will have to find a new excuse for doing nothing about climate change.

    McConnell has demurred on the link between carbon emissions and a warming planet, saying he’s “not a scientist.”

  • Get educated and fight back against diabetes

    Almost every disease or cause has its own awareness month and diabetes is no exception. November is American Diabetes Month, when raising awareness of this fast-growing disease is emphasized. The overall goal is to focus attention on the seriousness of the disease, its deadly consequences and prevention.

  • What’s being paid for your freedom?

    How many times in a day or a week do you see the words, “Freedom isn’t free?”

    How many times do you actually stop to contemplate what that means?

  • Four bourbons for McConnell and Obama

    So, it looks like U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell and President Barack Obama have a date in the near future.

    It was only a few years ago, at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, that Obama derided the suggestion of having a beer with McConnell. But on Wednesday, it looks like that drink is on, with Obama suggesting a glass of Kentucky bourbon.

  • A little early intervention can result in a great smile

    Kentucky’s overall dental health ranks as one of the worst in the nation. Twenty-four percent of Kentucky adults have had their teeth extracted because of poor dental care. With statistics like these, we have a dental crisis in Kentucky and turning this crisis around starts with our children.

  • Write it all down as the progress of man

    It seems every day, we lose a little piece of our history, those little signs of small town and rural life that we once took for granted.

    They disappear and we write it down as the progress of man, as John Prine would sing.