Floyd County Times- RSS OPINION Feed http://floydcountytimes.com/section/OPINION http://floydcountytimes.com/section/OPINION Wed, 30 Jul 2014 13:00:16 EST 1800 New access to health care will be an economic driver http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/50102397/New-access-to-health-care-will-be-an-economic-driver Good news keeps coming in about Kentucky's expansion of Medicaid and the launch of Kynect, the state's health insurance marketplace. It's clear that coverage is expanding rapidly, the newly-insured are using preventive health care... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST A legislative perspective http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/50102083/A-legislative-perspective All too often, we forget to say thanks for a job well done. Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST A couple of stories the New York Times should cover http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/50100761/A-couple-of-stories-the-New-York-Times-should-cover Last week, I wrote about the recent New York Times story on Eastern Kentucky. The Times described the region as one of the worst places to live in America and featured a graphic of a Kentucky license plate that read “Help Me.” Of course... Tue, 29 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Small businesses want minimum wage increase http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/50060600/Small-businesses-want-minimum-wage-increase If Congress actually listened to small business owners, the minimum wage would be going up. Instead, July 24 will mark five years without an increase since the federal minimum wage was set at $7.25 an hour in 2009. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Rental Central http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion_columns/50059744/Rental-Central Three recent flicks and two older series promised hours of entertainment for those wishing to beat the July heat. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST (No heading) http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion_columns/50058630/ A quartet of victims shipwrecks on the worst possible island (since it is utterly infested with the titular creatures) in this horror yarn that snuck into 1950s drive-in cinemas. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Hunt responds to Collins’ withdrawal http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/50056796/Hunt-responds-to-Collins-withdrawal I want to commend Joey Collins for the extraordinary character that he possesses, as shown by his willingness to put the county's welfare above any partisan politics, as that is a rare trait among politicians today. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST A new look, thanks to you http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/330356/A-new-look-thanks-to-you The Floyd County Times is today launching a new look designed to make the newspaper easier to read, more dependable in its layout, and more effective for our advertisers. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Memo to the New York Times http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/329624/Memo-to-the-New-York-Times On June 26, 2014 the New York Times published yet another story about poverty in eastern Kentucky, the place we proudly call home. The story's headline screamed “What's the Matter with Eastern Kentucky?” The opening paragraphs... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST A letter to Floyd County http://floydcountytimes.com/news/Op-Ed-opinion/327569/A-letter-to-Floyd-County I am officially resigning from the sheriff's race for November. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST A legislative perspective http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/315352/A-legislative-perspective Our country has achieved a tremendous amount over the last century, but to me, nothing means more than the gains we have made in the lives of our children. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Do something about it America’s poverty http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/3911020/Do-something-about-it-Americas-poverty I've never lived in poverty. However, like most Americans I have known a few tough times. I do know that poverty is not pretty. I've never been around a hungry family that was dancing in joy because of their dire situation. Poverty is... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Paid leave can help fix our imperfect marketplace http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/3909413/Paid-leave-can-help-fix-our-imperfect-marketplace As a business person, there is one economics lesson I learn over and over again:The marketplace is essential but not perfect.It is not perfect in a variety of ways, but a big one is that not everyone can be a winner. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST ‘Dark Country’ http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion_columns/3909358/Dark-Country A quickie Vegas wedding morphs into the longest night ever in this effective chiller that boasts a great twist which demands a second viewing. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Rental Central http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion_columns/3909264/Rental-Central A slow week meant plenty of home video gold for those waiting on special editions of old favorites and collections. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST An entrepreneurial eco-system is emerging in East Kentucky http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/3897420/An-entrepreneurial-eco-system-is-emerging-in-East-Kentucky In May 2004, I left the full-time practice of law and began working for the Kentucky Innovation Network and Morehead State University in what seemed to be an obscure form of economic development. It was so obscure (and seemingly irrelevant) that its... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Changing region’s health requires social, political will http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/3897050/Changing-regions-health-requires-social-political-will This summer, S.O.A.R. (Shaping Our Appalachian Region) is holding hundreds of listening sessions across Eastern Kentucky to gather feedback on what communities feel is required for a brighter future. The project, initiated by Gov. Beshear and... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST A legislative perspective http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/3902129/A-legislative-perspective When it comes to budgets, there is one big difference between the federal government and the states: The states balance theirs at the end of the fiscal year. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Extreme nutrition http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/3888054/Extreme-nutrition To most people, “bonking” implies an R-rated activity. To marathon runners, cyclists, and other endurance athletes, it's something else entirely. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST The war on women http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/3887994/The-war-on-women It has long been suspected that the Supreme Court hates women, although it took the court's 5-4 decision in the Hobby Lobby case to fully reveal its blatant misogyny. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST