Opinions

Co-chair of prison effort here says sudden delay will not end project

Letter to the Editor:

To the Editor: Our people, especially our young people, need jobs — good paying jobs. Even with the withdrawal of the Record of Decision, the Federal Bureau of Prisons is continuing to work toward the construction of the Letcher County Federal Prison. Congressman Hal Rogers and Senator Mitch McConnell continue to work toward the construction of this project. Their support […]

Rural economies can thrive on two wheels

Big roads are extremely important to any community’s economic vitality. But for smaller, more rural communities, some of the most important lanes can also be some of the smallest. Bicycle-friendly roads and trails are increasingly how many communities around the country are attracting visitors, building their economies and gaining notoriety. One of the biggest booms in biking right now is […]

State failing kids

If the University of Kentucky men’s basketball team placed 34th out of 50 in the final poll of the season, Kentuckians would be appalled — especially if the team was consistently awful for the next seven years. So we should be equally flabbergasted that the 30th annual Kids Count Data Book ranked the Bluegrass State in the bottom tier for […]

In eastern Kentucky, paying bills much different between the little people and bigshots



Imagine if you got behind on your credit card payments. A couple of months later, and the interest plus the original debt has gotten a bit out of hand. No problem, you tell the Visa or Mastercard payment department. I’ll pay what I first owed now, as long as you forget the interest and late fees. How’s that? Exactly. Now […]

Many Democrats happy to see Bernie Sanders fading away


History will best remember Bernie Sanders for his role in helping elect Donald Trump. Happily for many (if not most) Democrats, Sanders is now fading big time. The earlier assumption was that the 2020 Democratic race would boil down to a brawl between Sanders and Joe Biden. Now we see Elizabeth Warren edging Sanders out for second place in a […]

Democrats should not try to impeach President Trump


Many pundits have this unfortunate habit of framing what they want as what the American people want. I’ve been guilty of this at times. After all, what is more gratifying than the idea that the American masses are marching behind your band? Similarly, some left-leaning writers are insisting that the great majority of Democrats wants President Donald Trump impeached. And […]


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