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Today's Opinions

  • Mailbag

    To the editor:
    In the 1960’s we had a “War on Poverty.” We lost.
    In the 1980’s we declared a “War on Drugs.” Years later we have semi-trucks of killer drugs coming from Mexico.
    After so many school shootings, no one can keep count.
    Many people think outlawing all guns or certain types of guns will solve the problem. Please refer to paragraph 1 and 2. Are you getting the picture?
    At this time there are approximately five million AR type rifles on the street.

  • Mailbag

    To the editor:
    The NRA is a terrorist organization. That is a fact. Our members of congress, our state legislators, our governors, especially those on the Republican side of the aisle, are terrified of the NRA.
    They are terrified of not receiving millions of NRA dollars into their re-election war chests.
    Bills introduced into the legislature should not be written by, and for the benefit of special interest groups and then sponsored by their pre-purchased lap dogs in Washington and Frankfort.

  • Mailbag

    To the editor:
    This is a follow up on Linda Dryden’s letter in regards to the Battle Grove Cemetery. Everyone that has a loved one buried, or a future plot, should be concerned.
    I have some questions I need answers to and so do you all. (1) Does the hospital have to have two entrances from a state road to qualify for a Trauma Center status? If they do then the 90 day road they are planning is false going thru the cemetery. The cemetery road is not a public access road. The gates are closed so we can’t use them.

  • This week in the State Capitol

    This week in Frankfort marked the halfway point of the 2018 Legislative Session. Kentucky is a robust state, with many incredibly good traits and some serious issues still to tackle.
    Every two years in Frankfort, the legislature is charged with crafting a budget to fund important government programs like education, health care and transportation, just to name a few. Every two years, Kentuckians descend on Frankfort to make the case for funding certain programs, and this year is certainly no different.

  • Viewpoint

    After last week’s mass-killing by a lone gunman at Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, much has been bandied about concerning how to prevent such horrific incidences.
    I don’t purport to have any solutions to the rise in mass shootings, particularly in schools.
    Is it a mental health issue? Is it a case of violent movies and video games desensitizing young people? Is it an issue related to guns, specifically assault rifles?
    It is a complicated issue that needs to be addressed, however.

  • Statepoint Crossword Puzzle/Solution

    ACROSS
    1. Can’t stomach
    6. Styling goo
    9. Hightailed it
    13. Ten million, in India
    14. “____ takers?”
    15. Like a girl
    16. Spanish small plates
    17. School of thought suffix
    18. Pay hike
    19. *Oscar nominated meet-the-parents thriller
    21. *He played Getty
    23. Right-angle building extension
    24. Splints site
    25. Mammoth site, e.g.
    28. Write on a tombstone
    30. Self-centeredness
    35. Land measure
    37. Crucifix

  • Statepoint Crossword Puzzle/Solution

    ACROSS
    1. Can’t stomach
    6. Styling goo
    9. Hightailed it
    13. Ten million, in India
    14. “____ takers?”
    15. Like a girl
    16. Spanish small plates
    17. School of thought suffix
    18. Pay hike
    19. *Oscar nominated meet-the-parents thriller
    21. *He played Getty
    23. Right-angle building extension
    24. Splints site
    25. Mammoth site, e.g.
    28. Write on a tombstone
    30. Self-centeredness
    35. Land measure
    37. Crucifix

  • The pace quickens; critical legislation moves

     In Frankfort, diligent work continues on a pension reform proposal and a responsible budget. As those two issues consume much time and effort, there are also several other critical bills moving through the House.