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Today's Opinions

  • New state law makes it easier to quit smoking

    For the nearly 900,000 smokers in Kentucky, there has never been a better time to quit.
    During the 2017 legislative session, the General Assembly passed much needed legislation to equip individuals addicted to tobacco with the tools they need to quit successfully. The smoking cessation coverage bill (Senate Bill 89) removes barriers that limit patient access to evidence-based cessation treatments.

  • Parents, teachers should push for longer summers for students

    As we turn the page on July 2017, I find myself asking the same question once again, “Is summer over already?” To the disappointment of most Kentucky students, and many parents, the answer is an overwhelming “yes.”
    In Senate District 17, Scott County students will report back for classes on Thursday, Aug. 10. For Grant County students, the first day back is either Monday, Aug. 14, or Tuesday, Aug. 15, depending on your grade. In Kenton County, students are due back a bit later: Wednesday, August 23.

  • Patient-provider relationship is key to addressing Kentucky opioid crisis

    Opioid abuse is one of Kentucky’s most pressing and publicized health issues. In 2016, more than 1,400 Kentuckians died from opioid overdoses. That’s an average of nearly four deaths per day.
    These alarming statistics have made curbing opioid abuse a statewide priority—and Kentuckians of all backgrounds and sectors are committed to finding solutions.

  • Former resident concerned about Grant County

    I lived in Grant County 40 years, just recently moving to Richwood after my husband’s passing. I am deeply concerned about Williamstown and Grant County, in general.
    I am reading and hearing a lot of criticism about the Ark Encounter, and I am truly puzzled.

  • Parting words from a grateful journalist

    When I first started my job as a news reporter here at the Grant County News, I was both excited, and nervous.
    This was my first official job after graduating college in 2016, after several years of working both journalism and public relations internships, as well as working for my university’s student newspaper.

  • Ark Encounter resistance on one-year anniversary

    The Ark Encounter celebrated its first anniversary this month but instead of fanfare and praise, some news media and protestors poured rain on its parade. The Biblical theme park, which consists of a life-size replica of Noah's Ark based in Northern Kentucky, faced 75 protesters and criticism from a columnist who said the group promotes "fringe beliefs." But hey, it’s the Ark, right?  Compared to criticism that Noah faced, I'm sure this modern-day rendition will weather the storm.

  • The Ark is a good neighbor

    I was glad to read the piece in the Grant County News by former Judge Executive Shirley Howard about the tourism boom experienced by Grant County due to the Ark Encounter.

  • Appreciation: A lost art

    I’m a man, a father and a husband. I’m also a boss and a judge. I also believe in magic.
    I got married in 1981 to my wife. We have two children.
    The children are older now but when they were younger they were involved in many things; sports, activities and school, just to name a few. At the same time, they were well fed, wore clean clothes and always cared for when they became ill. My children are respectful, mannerly and great people.