Today's Opinions

  • Rand recognizes teachers for their work across the state

    In the early 1940s, a teacher in Arkansas decided that her profession deserved more recognition, so she gave herself an assignment: She wrote a letter to every governor and numerous other political and educational leaders, asking for their help.

    One of Mattie Whyte Woodridge’s letters eventually came to the attention of Eleanor Roosevelt, the former First Lady who not only agreed, but actually petitioned Congress to consider setting aside a day to honor those who teach.

  • Student newspapers in Kentucky are in crisis. We need them now more than ever.


    Lexington Herald-Leader

    It is no secret America’s free press is under attack.

    Politicians now scream “fake news” whenever reporters expose their lies and misdeeds.

    Some broadcast networks and websites sow public distrust of honest journalism as they seek to build audiences by promoting tribalism and political ideologies.

  • Arney explains refeed meals and calorie needs

    Refeeds are very popular amongst the bodybuilding population and those who are seeking to enhance their body composition. They are something which we wholeheartedly advocate, however it MUST be done within the right context.

    What is often found is that people have a “refeed” on a weekly basis without any consideration as to whether it is needed. There are also no parameters set in place, which means it just becomes something they do for the no other reason than to enjoy a cheat meal.

    This is why refeeds are used and how they work, briefly:

  • State’s economy looking positive, but still has areas for improvement

    In one sense, Kentucky’s economy personifies the classic question that has long divided optimists and pessimists: Is our glass half full, or half empty?

    On the bright side, we’ve placed first or second among the states for the past four years when counting the per-capita number of large economic-development announce-ments.  Site Selection magazine compiles the rankings, which look at projects that meet or exceed at least one of three criteria: $1 million in capital investment, 20 new jobs or 20,000 square feet of new floor space.

  • 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


    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.