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Today's Opinions

  • Notice on political letters to the editor

    The May 10, 2018 edition will be the last for letters to be submitted that involve candidates and issues surrounding the upcoming May 22, primary election.

    The News-Democrat instituted this policy to allow for candidates to have a chance to respond to any new issues that could be raised in a letter.

    Political letters allowed to run in the May 17 issue may only address something from a May 10 letter and will not be allowed to include any new issues.

    Editor Kristin Beck

    The News-Democrat

  • Cancelled Camp Kysoc meeting will hurt project’s momentum, raises many questions

    Momentum is an important part of any big project. Camp Kysoc is going to take lots of this and a real community-wide effort with people stepping up to help find new uses, make needed repairs and secure the funding for the facility.

    A May 1 meeting had been in the works for months to bring interested parties together to have a platform to discuss ideas and possible uses, along with funding, for Camp Kysoc.

    Suddenly last Friday, it appears the momentum going for Camp Kysoc hit a wall, coming to a complete standstill. The May 1 meeting was called off.

  • Lessons learned on a Kentucky dairy farm

    By SAM TERRY

    Barren County Progress

    Reading about the massive changes in America’s dairy industry caused me to reflect on my own dairy farm upbringing and a way of life that is fast becoming a thing of the past. Southern Kentucky has been the prime area for Kentucky’s dairy farmers for generations but driving through the area reveals that family farms, particularly those centered around dairy cattle and tobacco, are few and far between. Dairy farming has been a time-honored vocation that taught many of us valuable lessons in preparation for life.

  • Champions’ town hall May 24, to focus on meth

    On Thursday, May 24, Champions for a Drug Free Carroll County will be hosting our annual Carroll County Town Forum Meeting at General Butler State Resort Park Convention Center starting at 6 p.m.

  • Growing our economy with hemp

    For far too long, the federal government has prevented most farmers from growing hemp. Although it was a foundational part of Kentucky’s heritage and today you can buy products made with hemp at stores across the country, most farmers have been barred from planting it in their fields. I have heard from many Kentucky farmers who agree it’s time to remove the federal hurdles in place and give our state the opportunity to seize its full potential and once again become the national leader for hemp production.

  • God is the solution to school issues

    Editor:

  • Many new laws won approval during the legislative session

    When historians look back on the 2018 legislative session, most of their attention will understandably be focused on three things: the state’s budget, the corresponding tax plan and public-pension reform. They didn’t generate every headline, but there’s no doubt they accounted for most.

  • Rand voted ‘no’ on state budget bill

    As legislators were debating Friday night whether to give final approval to a major revenue bill, someone brought up the old joke about how most of us would prefer to fund government: Don’t tax you, don’t tax me; tax that fellow behind the tree.