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Veterans honored on Memorial Day

Jeremiah

I hope everyone had a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend and had family to help them celebrate and remember those who served their country in wartime and peacetime. Our veterans should always be remembered for their dedication and service for our freedom. We attended the American Legion shooting at the graveyards to honor veterans. Don, Coreen and K.P. Pridemore, […]

Services are held for Gloria Slone



Gloria ‘Mousie’ Collier Waddell Slone, 63, of McRoberts, died June 1 at Pikeville Medical Center. A daughter of the late Monroe and Cletis Kiser Potter Collier, she was the widow of Edgel Slone. She was sister of the late Luther Junior Potter, Betty Lou Holmes and Lois Jean Potter, and the stepmother of the late Ivalean Blair. Surviving are a […]

Rites held for Margaret Hughes



Margaret J. Hughes, 85, died May 29 at Indian Path Hospital in Kingsport, Tenn. The widow of William W. Hughes, she had resided in Heritage Hall for several years. Surviving are two daughters, Linda Sturgill and husband Delbert, Eolia, and Marie Barlow, Collinsville, Va.; four sons, Bill Hughes, Carterville, Ga., Howard Hughes, Martinsville, Va., and Richard Hughes and Sturgill Hughes, […]

State plan insulting to teachers, parents



Kentucky’s kindergarten teachers should be insulted and taxpayers should be angry. That’s because the state plans to unleash a new readiness screener — checking adaptive, cognitive, communicative, motor and socialemotional skills — in the fall of 2013 for an estimated 53,000 students who will be entering kindergarten. The screening will take place no more than 15 calendar days prior to […]

Political Cartoon



Can campaign be constructive?




What might a reasonable, constructive presidential campaign look like? To ask the question invites immediate dissent because we probably can’t even agree across philosophical or political lines what “reasonable” and “constructive” mean. But let’s try an experiment: Can we at least reach consensus on the sort of debate between now and November that could help us solve some of our […]

An anti-bullying plan that works



Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me. That’s not just a singsong saying from childhood but also possibly the only anti-bullying program that works. And boy, are we obsessed with anti-bullying these days. Even before the Tyler Clementi case, I’d started wondering: Why were we suddenly so concerned about this age-old problem? Is it […]

Will airlines have to separate turbulent tykes from others?



The now storied Alaska Airlines flight from Seattle to Miami has opened debate on unruly children in crowded airplanes. It seems a 3-year-old, having had his iPad removed in preparation for takeoff, threw a tantrum. Sitting with his father, Mark Yanchuk, little Daniel would not be calmed and refused to properly wear a seat belt. His mother, grandmother and a […]

The Old Country



I have never seen so many mirrors in a hotel room before. Even the nightstands are mirrored. The switches for the lights aren’t switches but lighted panels. There is not an iron to be found. I am a pedestrian traveler. I have a $35 fruit cocktail on the roof. It’s fine. The view is amazing. The view from my room […]


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