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Today's Opinions

  • OPINION: ‘Keeping the promise’

    “Keeping the Promise,” our plan to save Kentucky’s pension systems, keeps the promise made to Kentucky’s current employees while also meeting the legal and moral obligations we owe to those who have already retired. Promises made are promises kept.

    Make no mistake: There will be no changes, clawbacks or reductions to the paychecks of current retirees, and there will be protections for health care benefits. That is a promise you can literally take to the bank.

  • OPINION: ‘Keeping the promise’

    “Keeping the Promise,” our plan to save Kentucky’s pension systems, keeps the promise made to Kentucky’s current employees while also meeting the legal and moral obligations we owe to those who have already retired. Promises made are promises kept.

    Make no mistake: There will be no changes, clawbacks or reductions to the paychecks of current retirees, and there will be protections for health care benefits. That is a promise you can literally take to the bank.

  • OPINION: It’s about time girls were welcome

    I was selling popcorn with my boys last weekend for Cub Scouts when one of our customers struck up a conversation that started me thinking.

    She voiced her opposition to the recent decision by Boy Scouts of America to allow girls to join starting in 2018. In fact, she was of the opinion they were “forced to.” I guess because she just assumed it was by a court ruling or something.

  • OPINION: It’s about time girls were welcome

    I was selling popcorn with my boys last weekend for Cub Scouts when one of our customers struck up a conversation that started me thinking.

    She voiced her opposition to the recent decision by Boy Scouts of America to allow girls to join starting in 2018. In fact, she was of the opinion they were “forced to.” I guess because she just assumed it was by a court ruling or something.

  • OPINION: The old obit man looks around

    When I was 20, I dropped out of college and got a job with a morning newspaper whose city editor Mr. Walt Streightiff put me to work writing obituaries of ordinary men and women whose deaths were not considered newsworthy. Other reporters handled crime, natural disasters, City Hall, sports, fatal accidents, high finance, visiting celebrities, and what was called “human interest,” meaning heartwarming stories, usually involving children. I was in charge of ordinary cold death.

  • OPINION: The old obit man looks around

    When I was 20, I dropped out of college and got a job with a morning newspaper whose city editor Mr. Walt Streightiff put me to work writing obituaries of ordinary men and women whose deaths were not considered newsworthy. Other reporters handled crime, natural disasters, City Hall, sports, fatal accidents, high finance, visiting celebrities, and what was called “human interest,” meaning heartwarming stories, usually involving children. I was in charge of ordinary cold death.

  • OPINION: Education must mean more than avoiding offense

    The desire to protect young people from offensive ideas and words is an understandable instinct. In the context of bullying, it is a requirement. In the context of great literature, it is nearly always mistaken.

  • OPINION: Education must mean more than avoiding offense

    The desire to protect young people from offensive ideas and words is an understandable instinct. In the context of bullying, it is a requirement. In the context of great literature, it is nearly always mistaken.