Hazard-Herald- RSS OPINION Feed http://hazard-herald.com/section/OPINION http://hazard-herald.com/section/OPINION Wed, 1 Apr 2015 08:42:44 EST 1800 Why Big Blue? http://hazard-herald.com/news/opinion/152605500/Why-Big-Blue It was 1975. The University of Kentucky Wildcats were in the NCAA finals against the UCLA Bruins. Arguably, the two most prominent NCAA basketball programs were pitted against each other for the national championship of college... Mon, 30 Mar 2015 10:25:31 EST How the Supreme Court should decide the same-sex union cases http://hazard-herald.com/news/opinion/152400970/How-the-Supreme-Court-should-decide-the-same-sex-union-cases The Wed, 18 Mar 2015 11:10:31 EST Banking on tanking http://hazard-herald.com/news/opinion/152401006/Banking-on-tanking In Murfreesboro, Tennessee, less than an hour's drive from my childhood home, two high school girls' basketball teams just made national headlines — by trying to lose to each other. Wed, 18 Mar 2015 11:05:33 EST A debt of gratitude owed to storm workers http://hazard-herald.com/news/opinion/152273318/A-debt-of-gratitude-owed-to-storm-workers Over the last month, the people of Perry County have seen some wild weather, to say the least. Rain, snow, sleet, and flooding have all hit the region, in a matter of days in some instances, and wreaked havoc on roads, homes, and businesses. With the... Wed, 11 Mar 2015 13:05:32 EST Kissing the Koch ring http://hazard-herald.com/news/opinion/152273263/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... Wed, 11 Mar 2015 12:00:32 EST A crash course on reality http://hazard-herald.com/news/opinion/152273284/A-crash-course-on-reality I was always one of those kids who got As in school.Give me an assignment, I'll do it. A test? I'll take it. Lecture to me, and I'll absorb every word. Wed, 11 Mar 2015 11:35:31 EST Single-gender bathrooms now controversial http://hazard-herald.com/news/opinion/152146389/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... Wed, 4 Mar 2015 10:45:31 EST Letter to the Editor http://hazard-herald.com/news/opinion/152135772/Letter-to-the-Editor Dear Editor, Wed, 4 Mar 2015 17:15:33 EST Blindsided http://hazard-herald.com/news/opinion/152017413/Blindsided As I type today, I am grounded at home by all the snow. The beautiful flakes pouring down are a beaut to see but literally stop everything in its tracks. Our office is closed as well as schools, clinics and other businesses. Wed, 25 Feb 2015 11:10:32 EST Kentucky economic developers ready for LIFT http://hazard-herald.com/news/opinion/151997386/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... Wed, 25 Feb 2015 10:25:32 EST A mythical right to discriminate http://hazard-herald.com/news/opinion/152017410/A-mythical-right-to-discriminate The Supreme Court is now considering cases that could usher in nationwide marriage equality, and state-level gay marriage bans are falling faster than you can say “equal protection under the law.” Wed, 25 Feb 2015 10:20:31 EST KCTCS fulfills dreams, promises for students http://hazard-herald.com/news/opinion/151893763/KCTCS-fulfills-dreams-promises-for-students As lawmakers, higher education leaders and political pundits debate the feasibility of America's College Promise, President Obama's proposal for tuition-free community college, somewhere in Kentucky a graduating senior wonders if he can... Wed, 18 Feb 2015 14:15:32 EST Agent Orange bill means a better quality of life for vets http://hazard-herald.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 Federal money should go to economy, not trees http://hazard-herald.com/news/opinion/151747725/Federal-money-should-go-to-economy-not-trees President Ronald Reagan once said the most terrifying words in the English language are, “I'm from the government and I'm here to help.” His remarks quickly came to my mind as I recently heard about the announcement that... Mon, 9 Feb 2015 10:50:32 EST Giving kids a strong foundation for success http://hazard-herald.com/news/opinion/151565436/Giving-kids-a-strong-foundation-for-success Recent headlines screamed: “only half of Kentucky's children are prepared for kindergarten.”In Perry County, the number is less than 46 percent. Thu, 5 Feb 2015 10:30:32 EST Job creation, solar freedom http://hazard-herald.com/news/opinion/151620440/Job-creation-solar-freedom On January 15, 2015, The Solar Foundation (“TSF”), an independent nonprofit solar research and education organization, released its fifth annual National Solar Jobs Census - http://www.thesolarfoundation.org/. TSF found that the... Wed, 4 Feb 2015 15:35:34 EST Pull yourself up by your bread bags http://hazard-herald.com/news/opinion/151645405/Pull-yourself-up-by-your-bread-bags In his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama presented a bold economic vision for America. Do we want a country where only “a few of us do spectacularly well,” he asked, or where everyone has a chance to succeed? Wed, 4 Feb 2015 15:00:32 EST Say it ain’t so http://hazard-herald.com/news/opinion/151645384/Say-it-aint-so What should sports fans do when our heroes turn out to be frauds? Wed, 4 Feb 2015 15:00:31 EST House Bill 168 protects local jobs, craft brewers http://hazard-herald.com/news/opinion/151645319/House-Bill-168-protects-local-jobs-craft-brewers Local jobs, family businesses and consumer choice are on the line here in Kentucky. On Tuesday, Kentucky's legislature returns to debate a host of important topics including House Bill 168 introduced by Speaker Greg Stumbo. It is an act that... Wed, 4 Feb 2015 14:20:31 EST