Floyd County Times- RSS opinion Feed http://floydcountytimes.com/section/opinion http://floydcountytimes.com/section/opinion Wed, 1 Apr 2015 03:59:12 EST 1800 A legislative perspective http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/152658177/A-legislative-perspective FRANKFORT — As we ready for another Final Four featuring the University of Kentucky, it's worth noting that legislative sessions are not too different from the NCAA basketball tournament. Some bills advance, while others find out that this... Tue, 31 Mar 2015 10:55:32 EST Your dollars at work, for the rich http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/152575284/Your-dollars-at-work-for-the-rich Conservative pundits and politicians routinely divide our U.S. economy into two totally distinct spheres. We have the noble private sector over here, they tell us, and the bumbling, bloated public sector over there. Thu, 26 Mar 2015 08:30:32 EST House week in review http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/152528853/House-week-in-review FRANKFORT — With the 2015 annual session behind us this week, lawmakers are now looking back on what was indeed one of the shortest, and busiest, annual sessions in Kentucky legislative history. Tue, 24 Mar 2015 10:05:32 EST Lower class struggles hard enough without “fair trade” http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/152528681/Lower-class-struggles-hard-enough-without-fair-trade The work of repairing the racial fissures that broke wide open in Ferguson, Missouri last year goes beyond the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown. Tue, 24 Mar 2015 10:00:34 EST Second chance denied again http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/152451341/Second-chance-denied-again “The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” I believe these words, spoken by revered civil rights activist Mahatma Gandhi, sum up the failure behind the Kentucky Senate to pass legislation that recognizes and... Thu, 19 Mar 2015 11:20:32 EST To win or not to win: that is not the question http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/152403333/To-win-or-not-to-win:-that-is-not-the-question Winning has commandeered the high calling of sports and coaching. Tue, 17 Mar 2015 11:30:34 EST House week in review http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/152400627/House-week-in-review FRANKFORT — The House adjourned at one minute before midnight last Wednesday after a 10-hour lawmaking session that ended with House passage of 30 bills, including a bipartisan anti-heroin proposal approved unanimously by House... Tue, 17 Mar 2015 09:55:31 EST House week in review http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/152323511/House-week-in-review FRANKFORT — It was hard to tell a Kentucky snow from a Nor'easter this week as the state's latest winter storm brought two feet of snow and some ice to most of the state by mid-Thursday. The wintry mess stopped traffic, school,... Thu, 12 Mar 2015 11:25:33 EST A legislative perspective http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/152273674/A-legislative-perspective FRANKFORT — While another round of record snow and cold kept the House and Senate from meeting for two days last week, both chambers were still able to finish work on several major bills and are set to pass even more in the three days we meet... Tue, 10 Mar 2015 11:05:32 EST Heroin legislation needed now http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/152270527/Heroin-legislation-needed-now FRANKFORT — While there have been wide-ranging opinions about heroin legislation this session, there is one point on which we all agree. The Kentucky General Assembly must pass a bill that slows and eventually stops the scourge of... Tue, 10 Mar 2015 10:55:32 EST Does the faith of presidents matter? http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/152194645/Does-the-faith-of-presidents-matter Last month we celebrated the birthdays of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, two presidents whose deep but somewhat unconventional faith has evoked great debate. Does the faith of presidents truly matter? Does it significantly affect how they... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 10:20:31 EST Kissing the Koch ring http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/152193309/Kissing-the-Koch-ring After the Supreme Court's democracy-mugging decree that let corporations dump unlimited amounts of money into our elections, a guy named Larry sent me an email that perfectly summed it all up: “Big money has plucked our... Thu, 5 Mar 2015 09:05:31 EST A legislative perspective http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/152148466/A-legislative-perspective FRANKFORT — As anyone with a retirement account knows, the last decade has not been an easy one financially. That has been especially true for the public pension plans covering our teachers and state and local government employees. Tue, 3 Mar 2015 11:20:35 EST A model philanthropist http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/152145368/A-model-philanthropist When you get fed up with all the greed and narcissism that seems to rule our country, a good way to restore your faith in humankind is to reflect on the generosity of people like Ron Read — a philanthropist from Dummerston, Vermont. Tue, 3 Mar 2015 09:20:33 EST The lobbyists at your dinner party http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/152145322/The-lobbyists-at-your-dinner-party Remember the old food pyramid?Until “MyPlate” replaced it a few years ago, the U.S. government's official dietary advice for Americans fit neatly into that triangle. Tue, 3 Mar 2015 09:20:32 EST Ky. Senate committee re-votes on anti-transgender bill with no debate or notice http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/152068409/Ky.-Senate-committee-re-votes-on-anti-transgender-bill-with-no-debate-or-notice FRANKFORT — The Kentucky Senate Education Committee re-voted late Monday night on anti-transgender Senate Bill 76 (SB76), which passed 8-1 after it had failed last Thursday in the same committee with bi-partisan opposition. Two members were... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 10:50:32 EST Single-gender bathrooms now controversial http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/152068491/Single-gender-bathrooms-now-controversial Fairness Campaign director Chris Hartman called passage of SB 76 which maintains single-gender restrooms in Kentucky public schools “prioritizing discrimination.” He's right. Requiring girls to use the girls room and boys to use the... Thu, 26 Feb 2015 10:50:31 EST Giuliani: nutball or sleazeball? http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/152066807/Giuliani:-nutball-or-sleazeball I'm trying to make up my mind about Rudy Giuliani: I can't decide whether he's a nutball or a sleazeball. For now I'm going with a sleazy nutball, but I'm open to suggestions. Thu, 26 Feb 2015 09:25:32 EST House week in review http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/152023676/House-week-in-review FRANKFORT—The Kentucky House used its last day in session before the arrival of last week's “snowpocalypse” to approve a proposed ban on smoking in public places and workplaces statewide along with a House plan to combat the... Tue, 24 Feb 2015 14:30:39 EST Rural America: it’s complicated, really complicated http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/152021199/Rural-America:-its-complicated-really-complicated There are two closely held, widely believed, narratives about rural America. The national media narrative, with roots in the 1980's farm crisis, is fatalistic. Rural places are dying. It lives on at the Brookings Institute and the New York... Tue, 24 Feb 2015 11:50:36 EST