Hazard-Herald- RSS OPINION Feed http://hazard-herald.com/section/OPINION http://hazard-herald.com/section/OPINION Mon, 2 Mar 2015 02:09:55 EST 1800 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 From dream to reality with My Social Security http://hazard-herald.com/news/opinion/151197256/From-dream-to-reality-with-My-Social-Security In 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke about his dream of an America where equality was more than a concept—where it was an everyday reality. Wed, 14 Jan 2015 13:30:32 EST LIFT us from wrong priorities, over taxation http://hazard-herald.com/news/opinion/151197330/LIFT-us-from-wrong-priorities-over-taxation An organization called Local Investments for Transformation (LIFT) is lobbying the legislature for the possibility of a new tax. Their slogan “let the people vote on investing in their communities,” has garnered the support of 42 Kentucky... Wed, 14 Jan 2015 12:25:31 EST Senator Smith pleased with first week at capitol http://hazard-herald.com/news/opinion/151197585/Senator-Smith-pleased-with-first-week-at-capitol The Kentucky General Assembly convened its 2015 Regular Session this week, and our caucus's priorities are summed up best as working to ensuring quality Kentucky jobs and strengthening Kentucky families. Wed, 14 Jan 2015 11:40:31 EST Change inspired by negativity still change http://hazard-herald.com/news/opinion/151079337/Change-inspired-by-negativity-still-change Across the state, this week has been one of celebration. New years and new beginnings are starting for many counties with the swearing-in of new government officials. Prospects for the future cannot help but look bright with the notion that new blood... Wed, 7 Jan 2015 11:30:02 EST A brighter future is our responsibility http://hazard-herald.com/news/opinion/151078955/A-brighter-future-is-our-responsibility Another year brings with it the promise of all things new.With the start of this new year, I've given myself permission to dream big - not only for my own life, but also for our entire region. Wed, 7 Jan 2015 10:32:04 EST