Floyd County Times- RSS OPINION Feed http://floydcountytimes.com/section/OPINION http://floydcountytimes.com/section/OPINION Wed, 4 Mar 2015 09:34:17 EST 1800 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 King Coal catches black lung http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/152020207/King-Coal-catches-black-lung What do the executives who run money-losing companies make? Millions of dollars if they're coal overlords. Tue, 24 Feb 2015 10:20:31 EST Kentucky economic developers ready for LIFT http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/151945760/Kentucky-economic-developers-ready-for-LIFT Recently, the Kentucky House of Representatives took a big step forward in allowing local communities more control over their own growth and economic development. With overwhelming bipartisan support, the House passed LIFT, or Local Investments for... Thu, 19 Feb 2015 12:10:39 EST Agent Orange bill means a better quality of life for vets http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/151896513/Agent-Orange-bill-means-a-better-quality-of-life-for-vets A new House bill has been introduced by Congressman Chris Gibson (D-19, NY). The bill, H.R. 969, titled “The Blue Water Navy, Vietnam Veterans Agent Orange Act” was presented to the 114th Congress on February 13th, 2015 and is referred to... Tue, 17 Feb 2015 10:40:32 EST House week in review http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/151894832/House-week-in-review FRANKFORT — The engines of policymaking were running at full speed last week in the state House where a minimum wage increase bill and other major proposals moved another step through the legislative process. Tue, 17 Feb 2015 09:45:40 EST Telling the truth about religious violence http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/151895430/Telling-the-truth-about-religious-violence President Barack Obama committed the ultimate political blunder the other day. He blurted out the truth. Tue, 17 Feb 2015 09:45:39 EST At the fringes no longer http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/151818024/At-the-fringes-no-longer It's that time of year and Americans are honoring some of our favorite presidents. How about honoring our female presidents this time around?Oh, I forgot. There aren't any. Thu, 12 Feb 2015 10:05:34 EST Heroin treatment needed to save lives http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/151817785/Heroin-treatment-needed-to-save-lives Heroin is killing Kentuckians. These deaths are increasing in every corner of the Commonwealth – in every neighborhood and socioeconomic group. In 2013, 230 Kentuckians died from heroin overdoses, and health and law enforcement officials expect... Thu, 12 Feb 2015 09:40:32 EST A legislative perspective http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion_columns/151769673/A-legislative-perspective FRANKFORT — Several weeks after spending four days to elect leaders and establish committees for the next two years, the General Assembly returned to the Capitol early last week to begin focusing on what legislation should become law this year. Tue, 10 Feb 2015 10:00:36 EST The price of politics http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/151769801/The-price-of-politics Recently many of Kentucky's newspapers contained a letter from AT&T's Kentucky President, Hood Harris, promoting legislation, specifically House Bill 152 and Senate Bill 3. What Mr. Harris's letter did not tell you is that in 2014... Tue, 10 Feb 2015 10:00:35 EST Keystone XL pipeline: the debate continues http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/151769747/Keystone-XL-pipeline:-the-debate-continues The time for President Obama's promised veto on the Keystone XL (KXL) legislation is fast approaching, but the ultimate decision still lingers. It is nerve-racking for environmentalists and KXL proponents alike to have the debate go on so long,... Tue, 10 Feb 2015 10:00:34 EST Thanks for making our Cerebral Palsy Awareness game a success http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/151691300/Thanks-for-making-our-Cerebral-Palsy-Awareness-game-a-success The Prestonsburg girls basketball team played last Tuesday night to raise awareness and money for all those who are living with Cerebral Palsy. Fri, 6 Feb 2015 10:05:32 EST A tax cut for tax cheats http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/151692021/A-tax-cut-for-tax-cheats If the most frequently dialed federal agency in America can't even answer two-thirds of the millions of phone calls it gets, should the government cut its budget? Thu, 5 Feb 2015 10:45:32 EST