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Today's Opinions

  • Test your football (or guessing) skills in upcoming contest

    In my last column, I talked about how much I loved going back to school. This time of year also signifies the beginning of something else near and dear to my heart: football season.

    I am a die-hard Dallas Cowboys fan. Did I grow up in Texas, or know anyone that did for that matter?

    No.

    The Cowboys were in their prime when I was growing up and just starting to pay attention to sports. Emmitt Smith was my favorite player, despite the fact that he went to the University of Florida.

  • Report finds state spending, local revenue up in education

    There is a saying that you can’t know where you are going until you know where you have been. That’s especially true when it comes to our schools.

    Since education represents the single-largest category in state spending–more than half of every dollar when you include our public colleges and universities–the General Assembly understandably keeps a close eye on its progress, and with a two-year budget to enact in 2016, now is a good time for a more comprehensive review.

  • Don’t let gym anxiety keep you from using equipment,getting fit

    It is easy to feel intimidated when you are new to training and working out or joining a new fitness facility, but don’t let that stop you in your tracks. Here are the tips you need to smash your fears.

  • Report shows Kentucky crime rate remains low in rankings

    For decades now, Kentucky State Police has annually compiled a comprehensive look at crime across the commonwealth, giving the public and law enforcement alike a much clearer picture of the challenges we face.

  • Death by confinement

    The State Journal
    Whether it’s from stupidity, negligence, being distracted — or some combination of the three — the number of children and pets that die in closed-up cars each summer is staggering. Perhaps in relative terms the numbers aren’t so large — 38 kids and more than 150 dogs — but for something that is totally preventable, even one of each would be far too many and a tragedy in the lives of those involved.

  • Prescription drug abuse has decreased since state legislation passed in 2012

    Earlier this year, when the General Assembly approved legislation designed to curb the state’s heroin epidemic, many called the law a national model because of the way it blended additional treatment, smart-on-crime measures and tougher penalties for traffickers.

    On Monday, we learned that another comprehensive law in this field, this one targeting prescription drug abuse, is making the significant difference that other legislators and I had hoped when we passed it in 2012.

  • Rural mail study puts focus on problems

    Kentucky New Era

    Here is some good news for rural Americans who are concerned about the reliability of mail delivery following postal cutbacks for several years: Last week the Senate Appropriations Committee ordered a study of on-time mail delivery outside of the country’s urban areas. The National Newspaper Association, long an advocate on rural postal service issues because many smaller newspapers are delivered through the mail, applauded the study.

  • Death by confinement

    The State Journal

    Whether it’s from stupidity, negligence, being distracted — or some combination of the three — the number of children and pets that die in closed-up cars each summer is staggering. Perhaps in relative terms the numbers aren’t so large — 38 kids and more than 150 dogs — but for something that is totally preventable, even one of each would be far too many and a tragedy in the lives of those involved.