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COMMENTARY: A strange Gov. race indeed

FRANKFORT — Anyone who spends time in the alternate universe that is Kentucky politics hears some version of this line over and over: “This is the strangest governor’s race I’ve ever seen.”

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Friday 10/02/2015
COMMENTARY: Time to say hello
Posted: October 02, 2015

As a newsperson, you hate being the focal point of a story. In fact, you’d just assume to be a fly on the wall and only be noticed for the quality of your work, which generally involves reporting on others.

Friday 09/25/2015
COMMENTARY: Conway needs to campaign harder
Posted: September 25, 2015

FRANKFORT - Where the devil is Jack Conway? It’s customary for those who want to be governor to get out among voters and tell them why they should vote for him. Conway’s Republican opponent, Matt Bevin, is traveling the state talking to prospective voters, but unless you sneak into a Conway fundraiser as I did last weekend, it’s hard to find the Democrat.

Friday 09/18/2015
COMMENTARY: Not much gleaned from gubernatorial debate this week
Posted: September 18, 2015

GLASGOW — Tuesday’s televised gubernatorial debate did little to infuse excitement and energy into a listless contest.

Friday 09/11/2015
Charity missing from angry Davis supporters
Posted: September 11, 2015

FRANKFORT – I spent three days last week in Carter and Rowan counties covering the Kim Davis saga and experiencing a sort of information and sensory overload.

Friday 09/04/2015
Commentary: Moral compass and a job can counterpoint
Posted: September 04, 2015

FRANKFORT — The conflict of values didn’t rise to the level that faced by Kim Davis, but I’ve lived long enough to have quit one job and to have been fired from another because of conscience.

Friday 08/28/2015
Trying to find good in it all
Posted: August 28, 2015

FRANKFORT – We live in cynical times and my job exposes me to lots of people and events that feed cynicism.

OUR VIEW: Chief deserves support, but must work to keep it
Posted: August 28, 2015

Guy Howie is the new Glasgow police chief. His selection by Mayor Dick Doty, which was subsequently approved by the Glasgow City Council, seemed to catch many in the community by surprise, since Howie was the least familiar – and the least locally connected – of the three finalists.

Thursday 08/27/2015
Cheers & Jeers
Posted: August 27, 2015

CHEERS to longtime Daily Times columnist Sandi Gorin, who has decided to step away from her weekly explorations of Barren County’s rich history. Gorin’s work has taught our readers much about this area’s past, and her research and observations will be missed.

Friday 08/21/2015
OUR VIEW: Paul's caucus plan a bad idea
Posted: August 21, 2015

Even if U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, a Republican from Bowling Green, foots the bill for his proposed presidential caucuses, his motivation – to skirt a state law that prohibits candidates from appearing twice on a ballot – should not sit well with Kentuckians.

State GOP has much to figure out
Posted: August 21, 2015

FRANKFORT — This is written on Friday, the day before Kentucky Republicans were to decide whether to conduct a presidential caucus next year rather than a primary.

Thursday 08/20/2015
Cheers & Jeers
Posted: August 20, 2015

CHEERS to Barren County Circuit Judge Phillip Patton on his impending retirement in December. Serving as a judge is an obviously difficult and often thankless job, but Patton served this community in that role with class and fairness for 14 years. His retirement from the bench is well-deserved.

Friday 08/14/2015
Commentary: Race odd, but rumors abound
Posted: August 14, 2015

FRANKFORT — It should be easy to come up with a weekly column during a governor’s race, but the 2015 election between Republican Matt Bevin and Democrat Jack Conway is unlike any I’ve ever seen.

Rotunda should take wider view of history
Posted: August 14, 2015

Despite a 7-2 vote last week by the House Properties Advisory Commission to keep a statue of Kentucky-born Jefferson Davis – the president of the Confederate States of America during the Civil War – inside the Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort, the controversial issue shows no sign of fading away.

Thursday 08/13/2015
Cheers and jeers
Posted: August 13, 2015

CHEERS to the volunteers, law enforcement officers, conservation officers and search-and-rescue teams who worked for days to find and recover the body of 21-year-old Clay Nelson from the Narrows at Barren River Lake this week. The circumstances were tragic, but their collective efforts showed tremendous respect for the Nelson family during an unimaginably difficult time.

Wednesday 08/12/2015
YOUR VIEW: Summer Shade church welcomes all to hear gospel
Posted: August 12, 2015

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YOUR VIEW: Barren fair manager appreciates support of visitors, agencies
Posted: August 12, 2015

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Friday 08/07/2015
OUR VIEW: Penalties must be tough for repeat offenders
Posted: August 07, 2015

In criminal sentencing, public reaction sometimes falls in two extremes – throw the book at ’em or excuse them for youthful indiscretions.

Fancy Farm hasn’t grown tiresome
Posted: August 07, 2015

FRANKFORT — I’ve spent the week pondering the Fancy Farm Picnic and all that surrounds it, prompted by a couple of things which happened at last week’s event.

Thursday 08/06/2015
Cheers & Jeers
Posted: August 06, 2015

CHEERS to the members of the Glasgow Fire Department and the volunteer fire departments who responded to last week’s trash fire at the Glasgow Regional Landfill. First responders often must work in locations where conditions are unpleasant at best – and are hazardous or life-threatening much of the time. We owe them our gratitude for doing their jobs every day.

Friday 07/31/2015
Governor’s race remains difficult to figure out
Posted: July 31, 2015

FRANKFORT – Observations or tidbits from this year’s Fancy Farm Picnic must wait until next week, because this column is due to editors the day before the big event.

OUR VIEW: Revealing finalists is a win for transparency
Posted: July 31, 2015

We now know the names and qualifications of the three finalists to be Glasgow’s next chief of police – Dwayne Depp, James Duff and Guy Howie. In a city that hasn’t always had the friendliest relationship with transparency, the release of this information is a refreshing nod toward keeping residents abreast of a process that will have long-term and wide-ranging influence on the lives of thousands of people.

Thursday 07/30/2015
Posted: July 30, 2015

CHEERS to all involved in Thursday’s Glasgow-Barren County Chamber of Commerce Ice Cream Social. Any opportunity to share free homemade ice cream is welcome, and the public annual event is a good way to break up the monotony of the long summer work days.

Wednesday 07/29/2015
YOUR VIEW: Sneeds deserve thanks for Loretta Lynn show
Posted: July 29, 2015

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Friday 07/24/2015
OUR VIEW: Trashing of club a sorry display
Posted: July 24, 2015

GLASGOW – Sometimes, certain people engage in activities so senseless and inane that the rest of us are dumbstruck by their audacity.

Kentucky governor's race hard to figure
Posted: July 24, 2015

FRANKFORT – We’re a week away from the best day of any Kentucky political season, the Fancy Farm Picnic, which takes place Saturday amid the oddest governor’s race I can recall.

Thursday 07/23/2015
Make no mistake: McCain a hero
Posted: July 23, 2015

John McCain is a war hero. That cannot be disputed. You don’t have to agree with his politics. You can even be a peacenik and still recognize that McCain sacrificed himself while serving in the Navy during the military action in Vietnam.

Wednesday 07/22/2015
YOUR VIEW: Support husband-wife gubernatorial ticket
Posted: July 22, 2015

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Friday 07/17/2015
Confederate flag flap debate
Posted: July 17, 2015

FRANKFORT – In the wake of the murders of worshipers in an African-American church in South Carolina by a white supremacist, there’s again debate about the Confederate battle flag, what it represents and the causes of the Civil War.

Friday 07/10/2015
OUR VIEW: Time to solve South Green Elementary issue
Posted: July 10, 2015

More than three months ago, the Glasgow Independent Schools Board of Education voted unanimously to accept a property donation from a married couple of local doctors, Narasimha Reddy and Sreejaya Reddy. The generous offer included land and a building, creating ways for the district to address overcrowding at South Green Elementary School without burdening taxpayers with funding an expansion at the school.

COMMENTARY: Clerks are bound to follow law
Posted: July 10, 2015

FRANKFORT  – A Republican attorney I know sees the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on same-sex marriage and the reaction in Kentucky – where some county clerks refuse to issue marriage licenses – through the lens of history.

Thursday 07/02/2015
YOUR VIEW: Court’s rulings destroying nation, Constitution
Posted: July 02, 2015

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OUR VIEW: Firefighter’s heroic deed deserves thanks
Posted: July 02, 2015

One of the privileges of the newspaper business is delivering good news about our communities and neighbors. A perfect example is the story that emerged this week about Glasgow firefighter David Burnett’s involvement in saving a 3-year-old girl from drowning during a vacation in Florida.

Wednesday 07/01/2015
YOUR VIEW: Support for Garden Gala appreciated
Posted: July 01, 2015

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Saturday 06/27/2015
Kentucky politicians heard nationally
Posted: June 27, 2015

FRANKFORT  – Two national issues resonated loudly in Kentucky last week: the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on subsidies for health insurance on the federal health exchange and calls to re-examine symbols of the Confederate South displayed on public property.

Friday 06/26/2015
OUR VIEW: Marriage ruling a step forward
Posted: June 26, 2015

We do not expect all of our readers to agree with the Supreme Court’s ruling Friday to end bans on same-sex marriages across the United States. For years, the issue has been a lightning rod for legal and – mostly – religious debate, so President Barack Obama’s description of the justices’ 5-4 decision as “a thunderbolt” was fitting.

Thursday 06/25/2015
YOUR VIEW: Cultural center a rare gem
Posted: June 25, 2015

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Friday 06/19/2015
OUR VIEW: Tragic times call for community support
Posted: June 19, 2015

Because tragedies are intensely personal events, communities sometimes struggle to find words that seem appropriate. But sometimes, the communities do not necessarily need to be doing the talking.

RONNIE ELLIS: These are strange days indeed
Posted: June 19, 2015

FRANKFORT – To quote my favorite songwriter, John Lennon: “Everybody’s talking and no one says a word; Everybody’s making love and no one really cares; There’s Nazis in the bathroom just below the stairs ... strange days indeed.”

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: SB 200 positive step for school discipline
Posted: June 19, 2015

Dear Editor:

Friday 06/12/2015
COMMENTARY: GDT rooted in the community
Posted: June 12, 2015

The 16 years I’ve devoted to newspapers have probably been the most unsettled in the industry’s history. Change – which comes swiftly, decisively and often permanently – seems constant. And, odd as it might sound, adaptation is routine.

Coal issue needs honest confrontation
Posted: June 12, 2015

FRANKFORT – If you doubted the power of coal in Kentucky, the past 10 days should persuade you. The Lexington Herald-Leader’s Sam Youngman reported that gubernatorial candidates Republican Matt Bevin and Democrat Jack Conway traveled out of state to privately assure coal operators of their loyalty to coal.

Already time for my 30-year high school reunion
Posted: June 12, 2015

This weekend is my 30-year high school reunion. A former classmate has graciously agreed to host it at her home, and I can’t help but wonder what some of my classmates look like now.

Wednesday 06/10/2015
YOUR VIEW: Support for Weldon Open appreciated
Posted: June 10, 2015

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Friday 06/05/2015
COMMENTARY: Sweet can go down sour
Posted: June 05, 2015

FRANKFORT – A lot can change in 12 months. Just look at Kentucky’s political scene, especially the Republican landscape.

OUR VIEW: IDEA needs support from all in community
Posted: June 05, 2015

Two days ago, we wrote about the positive economic signs we see around Glasgow and Barren County, but we also acknowledged that plenty of work remains before our area truly moves beyond the darkest times of the past decade.

Wednesday 06/03/2015
OUR VIEW: Positive signs in local economy
Posted: June 03, 2015

The overall economic health of a region cannot be accurately described using individual statistics and anecdotes, but a few recent events at least seem to be positive signs for Glasgow and Barren County – an area that has long craved good news in this regard.

Friday 05/29/2015
YOUR VIEW: Truman set good example as president
Posted: May 29, 2015

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YOUR VIEW: QR codes for 911 calling could curb crime rates in Glasgow
Posted: May 29, 2015

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COMMENTARY: Bevin, Conway both flawed
Posted: May 29, 2015

FRANKFORT– Now we know the contest for governor is between Democrat Jack Conway and Republican Matt Bevin after James Comer conceded to Bevin on Friday.