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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Boat renewals require valid Hull Identification Numbers

    As your county clerk, I am trying to spread the message out about invalid Hull Identification Numbers (HIN) for boats and/or watercraft throughout our county.

  • Raising taxes to fund pensions is not a good option
  • Ham looks forward to continuing to work with Dry Ridge, Williamstown

    I was encouraged to read the article in the Aug.17 issue of the Grant County News reporting that Dry Ridge continues to boom due to Ark Encounter tourism, and that much-needed hotels and restaurants are being built there. Meanwhile, business leaders all over northern Kentucky are using words like “phenomenal” to describe the impact the Ark and our sister attraction the Creation Museum are having on the regional economy.
    If you happen to own one of the hundreds of hotels in Northern Kentucky, Lexington/Georgetown and even parts of Cincinnati, you are happy.