Floyd County Times- RSS opinion Feed http://floydcountytimes.com/section/opinion http://floydcountytimes.com/section/opinion Thu, 2 Oct 2014 10:06:56 EST 1800 Fifty years of ugliness http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/50816040/Fifty-years-of-ugliness I was too young to vote in 1964 and I would not have voted for Sen. Barry Goldwater (R-Ariz.) then, anyway. I was a young Democrat then. But it is worth noting the fifty-year milestone of one of the lowest moments in American history: President... Wed, 1 Oct 2014 11:35:14 EST A legislative perspective http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/50813335/A-legislative-perspective New England may be famous for its fall colors, but if you ask me, no region is prettier than ours during this time of year. Tue, 30 Sep 2014 09:29:05 EST UofL’s Ramsey right to sound alarm on higher education funding cuts http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/50812847/UofLs-Ramsey-right-to-sound-alarm-on-higher-education-funding-cuts Our colleague, Jim Ramsey's, recent remarks on the State of the University of Louisville captured perfectly the sentiments and concerns of so many of us regarding the future of higher education in Kentucky. Once viewed as a pioneer in advancing... Tue, 30 Sep 2014 08:55:05 EST ‘The Decks Ran Red’ http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion_columns/50749448/The-Decks-Ran-Red A captain's first voyage turns into a nightmare, when two crew members unleash a sinister plot that hinges on slaughtering all of their shipmates in this dark thriller from the fabulous 1950s. Fri, 26 Sep 2014 10:40:05 EST Rental Central http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion_columns/50749226/Rental-Central This week looked pretty bleak for renters wanting a new blockbuster but there were plenty of gems in the crop. Fri, 26 Sep 2014 10:24:10 EST The scourge of siphon-up economics http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/50765521/The-scourge-of-siphon-up-economics When the Census released the latest data on inequality, most mainstream media outlets shrugged it off. Thu, 25 Sep 2014 12:13:03 EST Beshear, Rogers walking the walk http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/50764098/Beshear-Rogers-walking-the-walk We have heard complaints to this effect, and we have to admit they are true — we do not often use this space to accentuate the positive. Generally, when we write an editorial, it is for the express purpose of calling attention to something... Thu, 25 Sep 2014 11:47:03 EST Accepting the climate scare a recipe for failure http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/50732761/Accepting-the-climate-scare-a-recipe-for-failure The United Mine Workers of America (UMWA) is making a serious strategic mistake in their efforts to block the Obama administration's proposed regulations on carbon-dioxide (CO2) emissions from coal-fired power plants. The points the UMWA bring... Tue, 23 Sep 2014 10:44:10 EST General Aviation is a key tool for small businesses and the economy http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/50732674/General-Aviation-is-a-key-tool-for-small-businesses-and-the-economy When I formed my company, Mainstream Commercial Divers Inc., over 25 years ago, we learned quickly that having our own airplane was integral to our success. Whether it was quickly getting to locations to perform emergency repairs, or delivering... Tue, 23 Sep 2014 10:39:05 EST Restoring freedom to information in the Freedom of Information Act http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/50732361/Restoring-freedom-to-information-in-the-Freedom-of-Information-Act Over time federal agencies have flipped the Freedom of Information Act (ACT) on its head. Congress clearly intended the FOIA to be a tool for the public to pry information out of federal agencies. In recent years, however, agencies have blatantly... Tue, 23 Sep 2014 10:24:05 EST Obama’s foreign policy collapse http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/50683042/Obamas-foreign-policy-collapse President Barack Obama's stated goal in the fight against the Islamic State, aka ISIS, is to reduce it to a “manageable problem.” Thu, 18 Sep 2014 09:57:07 EST The many islands of ‘Dr. Moreau’ http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion_columns/50682803/The-many-islands-of-Dr.-Moreau H.G. Wells was a true visionary who penned classic stories about fantastic subjects. He was also a slightly paranoid genius, who cloaked his fears for the future of mankind in compelling sci-fi stories. Though he is most famous for introducing the... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 09:52:09 EST Rental Central http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion_columns/50682732/Rental-Central A good week for solid entertainment saw several quality TV series and two blockbuster films hitting the shelves. Thu, 18 Sep 2014 09:41:04 EST Important election http://floydcountytimes.com/news/letters/50682627/Important-election Right now, there is an epic battle raging over whether America will be a democracy governed by the people or a plutocracy ruled by corporations and the ultra-rich. Thu, 18 Sep 2014 09:30:07 EST Work together for clean coal http://floydcountytimes.com/news/letters/50682578/Work-together-for-clean-coal Our struggling coal industry must find a way to revive itself for the regions whose economies and families depend on coal. I do not see regulations being dialed back in the near future as 70 percent of Americans are of the opinion something must be... Thu, 18 Sep 2014 09:27:03 EST Walk in their shoes http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/50682490/Walk-in-their-shoes I'm a CEO with a GED, and I have walked in the shoes of a minimum wage worker. I know from experience that it's a tougher road today. Thu, 18 Sep 2014 09:18:09 EST A problem far worse than radioactive waste http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/50637640/A-problem-far-worse-than-radioactive-waste Imagine walking into a business, whether to work or simply to shop, and seeing a patron of the store walking around with radioactive waste, seemingly oblivious to exposing himself and everyone else to its dangers. Quite naturally, you would be... Tue, 16 Sep 2014 12:12:06 EST Out of touch http://floydcountytimes.com/news/letters/50650281/Out-of-touch The multimillionaire, U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell, is drowning in his own self-importance. The senator thinks more of himself than of our own families. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 09:06:06 EST Too busy for meetings http://floydcountytimes.com/news/letters/50650237/Too-busy-for-meetings Mitch McConnell has been too busy to attend meetings of the Senate Agriculture Committee for the last four-plus years — too busy kowtowing to his rich cronies like the Koch brothers and other Washington-area power brokers. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 08:56:04 EST Eastern Kentucky energy and heritage-entrepreneurship can move Kentucky to #1 http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/50650014/Eastern-Kentucky-energy-and-heritage-entrepreneurship-can-move-Kentucky-to-#1 In August, Gov. Steve Beshear announced a dramatic climb in Kentucky's entrepreneurial climate. The Commonwealth advanced 45 places — from 49th in the nation to fourth — in the annual State Entrepreneurship Index. Tue, 16 Sep 2014 08:48:10 EST