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Today's Opinions

  • New health department district office allows for future of efficiency, collaboration

    Recently, the Northern Kentucky Health Department joined with Board of Health members, elected officials and other partner organizations to celebrate the ground breaking for our new district office on the campus of the Florence Government Center.

    Obviously, those involved in the years of research and planning leading up to the May 19 event were excited for construction to get underway, as are the more than 90 health department employees who will work from the new facility when it’s completed next winter.

  • Pet Journal: Attention seeking behavior

    Attention seeking behavior is one of the most frustrating and confounding behaviors experienced by dog owners. It can take many forms. Most common are jumping and nipping. However, there are many other behaviors designed to seek attention, including vocalizing, destructive chewing, and stealing.
    Dogs are pack animals. As such, it is natural for them to seek both companionship and contact.

  • Fathers be good to your daughters

    My father, Donald Pennington, has exemplified what it means to be a Christian man, husband, brother, son, and father every day of my life. I have never seen him waver. The strength and conviction of his character inspires those around him to be better themselves.
    I have watched him lead our immediate (and extended family at times) spiritually. I have seen him confidently assume leadership roles in church my whole life. He is always smiling and laughing. His countenance creates joy in every person he encounters. You just feel better after being around my father.

  • A WORD FROM OUR READERS

    Epperson outraged at suicide
    I am so outraged about the little 8-year-old boy who attended Carson Elementary School in Ohio. He was attacked and left to die on the floor. What does it take today for our children to be safe?
    I am outraged for the mother who is suffering from the loss of her child.  She will feel the pain for a long time. What right did these animals have to take the life of her son?
    This incident is as bad as Sandy Hook was. I am ashamed to be an American today. These animals need to be severely punished. These animals are not children.

  • Father’s Day is more special this year

    The past few five months I have been terrified.
    Most nights would be filled with restless sleep and recurring nightmares.

    In February, my dad was diagnosed with follicular lymphoma.
    When my mom told my brother and I over the phone that he had cancer I could barely utter a word.
    Although in shock, I asked all the obvious questions.

    What happens next?
    How bad is it?
    Will they be able to get rid of it?

  • Sweet little wife...the critter gitter

    Sometimes there is just no explanation for why things happen the way they do.  And sometimes there is absolutely no explanation as to how we respond to those happenings, no matter how ridiculous the scenario.  One morning last week I thought I would have a nice relaxing day preparing for my granddaughter’s graduation that evening. 
    As many of you know our granddaughter, Lyndi, had finally been able to come home in February from the hospital after several months due to a chronic illness. 

  • After mild winter, extra precaution needed to protect from disease spread animals

    If you’re a fan of snowball fights, sledding or cold nights sitting by a warm fire, the winter of 2016-2017 was not a good one for you.
    If you’re a tick or a mosquito, the mild winter and a wet spring has led to a significant bump in your activity.
    If you’re a bat, it’s unclear yet how the mild winter will impact your activity this summer. Experts think it will lead to a shift in the population, but they aren’t sure if that shift will go up or down.

  • The Wall of Honor

    Back off an old country road, on top of a hill, somewhere off US Route 27 in Pulaski County, Kentucky, there sits a barn.  Inconspicuous at first – there are lots of barns around in this part of the country.