Floyd County Times- RSS OPINION Feed http://floydcountytimes.com/section/OPINION http://floydcountytimes.com/section/OPINION Tue, 26 May 2015 21:33:04 EST 1800 House week in review http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/153715107/House-week-in-review From our caves to our lakes to our historical sites, Kentucky has a lot to offer. So it's little wonder that tourism is a big business in the Bluegrass State.And that business is growing. Tue, 26 May 2015 10:05:32 EST Socialization as a religious phenomenon http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/153714599/Socialization-as-a-religious-phenomenon Every home schooling parent has been asked the S-Question: “What about socialization?” The implications (real or imagined) of the question are less than flattering:Students who attend schools outside the home are socialized better... Tue, 26 May 2015 09:45:37 EST Closing the door on torture http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/153714544/Closing-the-door-on-torture After I blew the whistle on the CIA's torture program in 2007, the fallout for me was brutal. To make a long story short, I served nearly two years in federal prison and then endured a few more months of house arrest. Tue, 26 May 2015 09:45:32 EST A legislative perspective http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/153633144/A-legislative-perspective It may not be the official start of summer yet, but for most of us, the upcoming three-day weekend makes it feel like the start of the season has arrived. Thu, 21 May 2015 10:20:33 EST House week in review http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/153584583/House-week-in-review There are five of them, each with a rich history, each separate but unified in preparedness “both in war and in peace,” to quote President Harry S. Truman. Tue, 19 May 2015 12:15:33 EST Kentucky workers need better trade policies, not worse http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/153584229/Kentucky-workers-need-better-trade-policies-not-worse When the U. S. Senate blocked giving the president fast-track negotiating authority for a new trade deal last week, it took a stand for a fairer approach to trade that's especially important to workers in manufacturing-heavy states like... Tue, 19 May 2015 12:05:31 EST Subsidizing the idle rich while poor kids go hungry http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/153584140/Subsidizing-the-idle-rich-while-poor-kids-go-hungry To hear some politicians tell it, America's welfare system is facing a grave crisis: Millions of poor people, they say, are idling away their time eating lobster and relaxing on cruises. Tue, 19 May 2015 12:00:31 EST Don’t bet on Supreme Court overturning marriage laws http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/153492888/Dont-bet-on-Supreme-Court-overturning-marriage-laws Earlier this week, the U.S. Supreme Court heard lively oral arguments over the constitutionality of state laws that keep marriage between a man and a woman. Opposing attorneys jockeyed for position on the social issue of the decade—an issue... Thu, 14 May 2015 10:30:33 EST Stripping bare the arguments against marriage equality http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/153493035/Stripping-bare-the-arguments-against-marriage-equality What's the marriage equality debate really about?Proponents see it as a question of equality. There's no reason, they say, not to let loving, same-sex couples wed. Thu, 14 May 2015 10:30:32 EST House week in review http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/153492412/House-week-in-review FRANKFORT — You may have seen signs posted around the state that foster parents are needed. A sign stuck at the corner of a shopping mall lot, maybe on the roadside. Thu, 14 May 2015 09:00:32 EST Tear down the wall http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/153441268/Tear-down-the-wall Editor's note: The Floyd County Times obtained the following letter local businessman Matthew Skeans sent to Department of Highways, District 12. Tue, 12 May 2015 12:05:32 EST Real threat to coal is Obama, not surface mining http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/153439171/Real-threat-to-coal-is-Obama-not-surface-mining It was with much interest that I recently saw a story about an anti-coal group releasing information about how surface mining is allegedly putting some communities at risk. As someone who has called the coalfields of Eastern Kentucky home my entire... Tue, 12 May 2015 09:35:32 EST Saving coal country http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/153439353/Saving-coal-country Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell recently took the extraordinary step of calling on governors to ignore Washington's Clean Power Plan, an EPA mandate to curb carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants. Tue, 12 May 2015 09:35:31 EST Higher minimum wages not the answer http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/153357315/Higher-minimum-wages-not-the-answer Recently, many economists and politicians have expressed concern about stagnant wages and rising income and wealth inequality. Such concerns prompted 20 states and the District of Columbia to raise the minimum wage this year. Some economists, such as... Thu, 7 May 2015 09:20:33 EST Minimum wage the next big battle http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/153357271/Minimum-wage-the-next-big-battle On New Year's Day, 20 states raised their minimum wages. That leaves a lot of states that aren't increasing the minimum wage — along with the federal government. Thu, 7 May 2015 09:20:31 EST Bourbon thieves and Congress both spirit away our trust http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/153356981/Bourbon-thieves-and-Congress-both-spirit-away-our-trust We've seen the headlines; they absconded with all that bourbon. Over $100,000 worth was confiscated in just one location. The so-called bourbon heist went on for years, with the distillers none the wiser of it taking place. This entire... Thu, 7 May 2015 09:10:32 EST The “buzz” about bees http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/153310070/The-buzz-about-bees Athough the “buzz” about bee declines makes headlines, excites public concern and warrants a White House Task Force on the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators, bees are still in jeopardy. Tue, 5 May 2015 11:55:31 EST Town Branch deaths call for red light, not barriers http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/153309272/Town-Branch-deaths-call-for-red-light-not-barriers I, Floyd Skeans, moved to the Mutton Fork of Bull Creek in the winter of 1993, living at the intersection of Town Branch Road and U.S. 23. I have lived here approximately 22 years. I consider myself to be well-qualified to make a good, solid decision... Tue, 5 May 2015 11:30:32 EST A legislative perspective http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/153306468/A-legislative-perspective FRANKFORT — When it comes to grading Kentucky's public elementary and secondary schools, what ultimately counts most is whether our graduating students are truly ready for college and a career. Tue, 5 May 2015 09:30:31 EST Hollywood’s blacklist and agents of Stalin, Hitler http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/153228383/Hollywoods-blacklist-and-agents-of-Stalin-Hitler Few subjects have been as addled, muddled, and befuddled as the issue of communist penetration of the American film industry. Thanks to liberals and their control of Hollywood, media, and academia, the typical take is that Hollywood in the 1940s was... Thu, 30 Apr 2015 12:35:32 EST