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I’m sure by now you’ve either seen the videos of the Covington Catholic High School students or have at least read about them online. But just in case you have completely missed it all, I’ll quickly try and bring you up to speed.

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The Founders of this nation, who traded blood for independence, understood the value in a free press to ensure leaders remain true to their constitutional duties, and to the people they serve.

Pension has been a buzzword in Kentucky politics recently. Chances are you've heard talk of the state's pension crisis and the severe under funding of its systems. It's important to point out not all pension systems in Kentucky are the same. They serve different people, are funded with diffe…

Nearing the end of their high school career, students are faced with the choice of furthering their education or advancing straight into the work force. Students often ask, “Is college really that important?” College provides more opportunities for graduates in comparison to those not seekin…

Police brutality has been a weighty issue in the United States for over a decade. More than 776 people were killed in 2015 alone (and) 161 of them were unarmed, according to The Washington Post. Police officers need to be trained to handle situations without shooting unless absolutely necessary. 

Lyndon B. Johnson once said, “The vote is the most powerful instrument ever devised by man for breaking down injustice and destroying the terrible walls which imprison men because they are different from other men.” It’s a Constitutional right to vote, and our idea of democracy is determined…

Is it important for the American people to vote? If the people didn’t vote we would have something like a dictator in office. We need people to vote so that we will not have to live under a tyrant. If we didn’t have people attempting to make a different United States, our country would be a …

In America, every vote counts. Voting gives everyone a voice and is our right. Take advantage of your right and make sure to vote. Voting is very important for our country and our people. Many men and women died for our right to vote, as well as the other rights we now take for granted. Voti…

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Columnist’s Note: If you are a Constant Reader, you will recognize this column from 2014. What I thought was an annoying little cough from all the smoke in the air turned out to be my lungs filling up with mucus. My doctor tells me that I will be OK. And also that I have to take better care …

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Imagine if we were no longer allowed to vote. Picture what our society would look or feel like if our right to vote was taken away from us. It would be disastrous.The amount of power our government would have over us would be more compelling than what they have already. Every vote counts in …

In the United States today, it is important to vote. We have a duty as American citizens to make a decision on who we want to run our country in today’s society. Throughout history, women have had a difficult time with the government. For example, we as women have not always had the right to…

Coal is a major salary for many communities such as our own, and has created a stable economy for many other small towns too. Corbin was built around the transportation of coal through CSX. Recently, CSX closed their doors for good — crippling our town’s economy. Many innocent people lost th…

The quality of public education is beginning to decline. Many kids don’t want to go to school because the work is getting harder. Some parents can’t pay for their kids to go to school. Students have to work to feed their families. This has been going on for a long time and someone needs to d…

There are many issues that we face in the United States, whether it be in schools, local communities or national issues. Many Americans have many of the same questions and concerns with our nation and we want all our questions to be answered by our presidential candidates before we are comfo…

Shutting down coal has shaken our community. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, President Obama said, “so if somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can; it is just that it will bankrupt them, because they will be charged a huge sum for all the greenhouse gas that’s being e…

Deciding the next president of the United States determines the fate of our country. Whether a voter is for Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump, they should use their vote in the next election to influence a better future for this country.

Voting is an important thing that picks our leaders, whether it be President, governor or mayor. many people vote to make a difference in their town, community, and even the country! Since this country was founded, people have voted for who they want as president, mayor, governor and even th…

This year we have a lot of issues going on in America. Our political topics are more than a handful for our candidates to cover. That being said, this year’s election has been very interesting. Coming from a small town in Kentucky, colleges and police brutality should be focused on in this y…

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Transgenders have been a big focus in the media recently. From simply wanting to use the bathroom, to being persecuted for acting and dressing as their desired gender. We as Americans all have rights. We should not limit a certain group of people due to what some see as “normal.”

There is an important event coming up that could either help or hurt the U.S. — the election of the President of the United States. We the American people will get to decide who is going to command our nation for the next four years. Which answers the most important question, “why do we vote?”

Did you know that Russia has a more direct election process than America? Ever since the Electoral College was instituted over 200 years ago, electors have been selecting our new president and vice-president every four years. As Americans, we have always been told that it is our duty to our …

What if only a select group of people voted in presidential elections? We would be living in a country ruled by one governing party; a governing party that would attempt to rule every aspect of our lives. As citizens of the United States, we tend not to take advantage and undervalue voting a…

There are some serious issues facing American, Kentucky and even the small town of Corbin. Problems such as race issues, gun control, unemployment and coal are becoming a nightmare for the United States, and are tearing the citizens apart. Now it’s up to the people and the upcoming president…

The American political system needs help. Corrupt politicians seemingly outnumber those who are honest. This has shown through even to the presidential campaigns, with candidates who are running on money and fame alone. Think back to previous years: when was the last time someone ran for pre…

Gary Olsen once said, “Without the vote of a free man, I am but a slave without power to make decisions.”

If we, the American people, keep traveling in the direction that we set in motion, there isn’t going to be much of a destination. Many people usually just look at the problems that occur today and continue on with the day. However, certain issues in America need to be resolved.

The American party and voting system is a system that gives the illusion of free choice. If the systems truly gave the American people free choice, they would be informed of all parties running and information about them. For the American people to have a true choice of what party they want …

Looking for the right candidate to choose this election? There are two main candidates for this upcoming election: Donald Trump of the Republican Party, and Hillary Clinton of the Democratic party. Consequently, two main issues that our candidates are facing today are Gun control and Terrorism.

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Many of us already well understand that this is a banner year for national politics — a banner year — and it seems every person across the United States and the Tri-County has an opinion about the current candidates vying for the White House.

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Universities are supposed to be beacons of knowledge that bring together students and faculty in an open exchange of ideas and the search for truth. How disappointing and ironic then that one of the state’s jewels of higher education, the University of Kentucky, is ready to put a chip in one…

Medal of Honor recipient and Kentuckian Dakota Meyer says Donald Trump owes the family of fallen U.S. Army Capt. Humayun Khan an apology.

Too many people don’t like the news media because of the conventional notion, advanced by our critics, that journalists are cavalier with the facts and report the news with bias.

Three members of the Knox County Board of Education made an error in judgment Tuesday night when they basically fired Superintendent Kelly Sprinkles with no explanation as to why the sudden decision was made.

It’s hard to foresee any scenario where Keeneland builds a proposed new racing facility at I-75 Exit 29, unless it ends its silence and convinces local officials to discard age-old attitudes and work together.

Line, line, everywhere a line.

I guess it’s sort of like that “Signs” song that was old even when I was still young. Except the lines I’m talking about don’t block the scenery, but they do nearly break my mind sometimes.

This Week's Circulars

Obituaries

Agnes Hopper Young, 96, passed away on Monday, September 16, 2019, at home in Corbin. Agnes was born in Casey County, Kentucky, on November 17, 1922, a daughter of Ethel Godbey and Lewis Wilham. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her sister Pauline Wilham, husband Bill Young,…

Harold Wayne Farmer, 75, husband of Dorothy Farmer, passed away Friday, September 13, 2019. He was born in Corbin, Kentucky on February 16, 1944 to the late Roscoe and Oma Ballard Farmer. He was a veteran of the US Army and the US Army Reserves, serving during the Vietnam War and Desert Stor…