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Today's Opinions

  • Lessons about the Florida Hurricane

    It was wonderful to read the Grant County News last week and learn about the many people in the county who graciously and generously helped in hurricane relief efforts in Florida.
     These tragic times offer some teaching moments for all of us. First, we should be reminded that we are to show compassion towards others, as taught in Christ’s parable of the Good Samaritan. Second, as I said to the Grant County News last week, Christians can use this time to better understand why God allows suffering and death in the world.

  • Assessing the courthouse is smart move

    Touring the Grant County Courthouse, one thing is abundantly clear.  The place needs some work.
    After all, it is an 80-year-old building, so it stands to reason that time and use of the facility would help deteriorate things.
    The building used to house the sheriff’s office, which has since moved to Barnes Road in Williamstown.
    Although it is difficult to imagine, the jail even was located inside the courthouse at one time.
    Of course, there are way more beds in the current detention center now than there were back then.

  • Third time’s a charm as Ella Ruth enters the world

    When my wife was pregnant with our first child nearly 11 years ago we ultimately just wanted a healthy, precious baby.
    However, if we were able to choose the gender, we definitely were hoping it was a girl.

  • Meet your new community reporter

    My dad bet the barn against me. He believed I wouldn’t find a job working for a newspaper right out of college.
    Well, looks like I have all his cows now.
    He’s proud, and I’m happy to be the new staff writer at the Grant County News.
    As a mechanical engineer, my dad wasn’t completely enamored by the idea˜of me becoming a journalist. His first job, as a father, was to worry about me — specifically about me not being able to find a job as a journalist after I graduated University of the Cumberlands.

  • Addiction: A loved one’s perspective

    Most people know an addict or have been touched by heroin or some other drug. In some way, I never thought it would affect my family or me in such a tremendous manner.

  • Celebrating America on Constitution Week

    The week of Sept.17 through Sept. 23 is recognized as Constitution Week.
    The Constitution was written in the same Pennsylvania Statehouse where the Declaration of Independence was signed and George Washington received his commission as commander of the Continental Army. It’s now called Independence Hall.
    Written in 1787, the Constitution was signed on Sept. 17, but it wasn’t until 1788 that it was ratified by the necessary nine states. Also of the written National Constitutions, the U.S. Constitution is the oldest and shortest.

  • Op-ed: Saving Kentucky’s retirement systems

    Kentucky’s pension systems are in critical condition. While certain state retirement plans are arguably in “better shape” than others are, every system is severely underfunded and rapidly spiraling downward towards a single outcome: no more money to pay Kentucky’s retirees.
    Understandably, retirees and those nearing retirement are concerned. Over the past 10 years, Kentucky’s pension systems have lost more than $7 billion in value.

  • Immunizations remain important part of back-to school routine

    One of the toughest things a parent will do is send their child to college. I have done it twice and still find myself worrying: Are they eating enough? Meeting new friends? Finding time to study?
    Fortunately, parents today have much less to stress about when it comes to their children’s health. Thanks to modern medicine and immunizations, we no longer live in fear of many serious illnesses that once posed massive threats.