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Today's Opinions

  • EDITORIAL: Three words that can make a difference

    There are three little words that don’t get said enough in our modern, social-media-saturated world. They are three words that could ease a lot of tensions, reduce conflict and restore friendships.

    No, it’s not “I love you” — this isn’t a sappy pop song. The three words are “I don’t know.”

    Almost no one is willing to say “I don’t know” anymore. Instead, everyone has an opinion about everything, even when they have very little information on which to base those opinions.

  • COLUMN: Sometimes it’s good to just get away

    It had been so long since I’d seen the sea. Heard it. Smelt it. Felt it.

    There is something powerful yet peaceful about the ocean that elicits a primal attraction, even for someone like me, who grew up where the Appalachian foothills meet the rolling acres of the Bluegrass.

    So when my sister and brother-in-law asked me to go with them to Myrtle Beach last week, I couldn’t say no. Stan’s father and stepmom, Frank and Donna, were paying for the lodging and some of the travel expenses, so it was a luxurious but low-budget deal for the rest of us.

  • COLUMN: Has McConnell given in to Trump to save ratings?

    Mitch McConnell made history Tuesday when he became the U.S. Senate’s longest-serving Republican leader. But the Kentuckian’s ultimate place in history is likely to be determined by how he deals with President Trump, who continues to make history of the dubious kind.

  • COLUMN: Trump deserves more latitude, less attitude
  • Look, Kim Jong Un is just doing his best

    As President Trump explained to Bret Baier during an interview aboard Air Force One, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is just a young man doing his best in a difficult circumstance. Has he done bad things? Sure. “Hey, when you take over a country — tough country, tough people — and you take it over from your father, I don’t care who you are, what you are, how much of an advantage you have — if you could do that at 27 years old, I mean, that’s one in 10,000 that could do that,” the president of the United States said.

  • County comp plan overhaul is long overdue

    Janet Johnston-Crowe is right.

    The planning commission director says a major overhaul of the county comprehensive plan is overdue, and we need to bring in some pros to draw up a revised map to guide development where it makes sense. By law the comprehensive plan must be reviewed and revised every five years, but no major update has been done in almost two-and-a-half decades. Having county-wide zoning is not that common in Kentucky, but it is a key factor in the quality of life here.

  • Editorial: New distillery experience is a game-changer

    In the past couple of years, Kentucky legislators injected some extra juice into an already burgeoning bourbon industry, releasing the shackles on producers’ and distributors’ ability to put their products in customers’ hands.

  • Opinion: A pilgrimage to the heart of the Celtic world

    To travel is obviously a horizontal journey in space; but pilgrimage, on the other hand, is both a horizontal and a vertical journey into the very heart of being itself. My wife, my daughter, her friend and I spent 16 days on pilgrimage through Scotland and Ireland. What follows are journal entries from two of the days.

    DAY 6: Hung Ladder, Isle of Skye, Scotland