Floyd County Times- RSS opinion Feed http://floydcountytimes.com/section/opinion http://floydcountytimes.com/section/opinion Mon, 27 Apr 2015 23:29:31 EST 1800 Action, input needed to stem campus sexual violence http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/153162693/Action-input-needed-to-stem-campus-sexual-violence Campus sexual violence has been the subject of an intense national conversation recently, but that dialogue often lacks critical input from schools that are already taking steps to improve their campus climates. Colleges and universities, it's... Mon, 27 Apr 2015 17:00:31 EST A legislative perspective http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/153156766/A-legislative-perspective FRANKFORT — Over the last four months, there has unfortunately been a renewed effort to breathe life into a proposal that most economists declared dead long ago. Supporters call it “right to work”; the rest of us, with the... Mon, 27 Apr 2015 14:10:32 EST The divestment dividend http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/153090810/The-divestment-dividend As Earth Day approached, fossil-fuel divestment actions rattled college campuses large and small. Targets ranged from Harvard University's $36-billion endowment to the University of Mary Washington's $46-million nest... Thu, 23 Apr 2015 09:15:31 EST Great expectations? http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/153090756/Great-expectations “If your children are no better than you are, you have fathered them in vain, indeed you have lived in vain.”-Solzhenitsyn from “Cancer Ward” Thu, 23 Apr 2015 09:10:32 EST A legislative perspective http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/153090690/A-legislative-perspective FRANKFORT — Long before Kentucky even became a state, it was becoming clear that we would have an outsized role in providing the energy our country needs. Thu, 23 Apr 2015 09:05:31 EST Denis Hayes, organizer of the first Earth Day in 1970 and director of solar energy research under President Jimmy Carter, is president of the Bullitt Foundation and board chair of Earth Day Network. http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/153041037/Denis-Hayes-organizer-of-the-first-Earth-Day-in-1970-and-director-of-solar-energy-research-under-President-Jimmy-Carter-is-president-of-the-Bullitt-Foundation-and-board-chair-of-Earth-Day-Network. In the run-up to a solar eclipse on March 20 of this year, European tabloids had a Y2K-style field day. In the middle of a bright, sunny day, European solar panels together produce about as much electricity as 90 large nuclear power plants. Germany,... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 09:30:32 EST House week in review http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/153040751/House-week-in-review FRANKFORT — In December 2009, Kentucky's jobless rate was 10.6 percent, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. By December of 2014, the rate had fallen to 5.5 percent. A welcome drop, some may even call it dramatic. Tue, 21 Apr 2015 09:15:35 EST What the research says about “Right to Work” laws http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/153040654/What-the-research-says-about-Right-to-Work-laws The effort to promote “right to work” laws with local governments in Kentucky is founded on claims about job and economic growth that are unsupported by the research, according to a new report by the Kentucky Center for Economic... Tue, 21 Apr 2015 09:15:33 EST The road to ruin http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/153040111/The-road-to-ruin That harsh whine you hear in the background — like a buzzsaw getting ready for a log to come down the chute — is the vast right-wing conspiracy revving its engines. Tue, 21 Apr 2015 08:45:31 EST Equal Pay Day http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/152960813/Equal-Pay-Day When Doris and Don Fisher opened their small retail store in 1969, they each put up $21,000 in savings and, without even discussing it, paid each other the same salary. That's how equal partnerships work. Thu, 16 Apr 2015 10:05:34 EST Opposition to SNAP block grant http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/152960691/Opposition-to-SNAP-block-grant Much attention has been given to the fact that SNAP participation has grown significantly in recent years. When combined with myths about the program and the people who receive benefits, some are justifying dangerous policy changes and funding cuts... Thu, 16 Apr 2015 10:05:32 EST Local communities, hospitals enjoy healthy financial boost thanks to Medicaid expansion http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/152960564/Local-communities-hospitals-enjoy-healthy-financial-boost-thanks-to-Medicaid-expansion The Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) has long enjoyed a strong working relationship with Kentucky's rural hospitals. As both a regulator and funding source, the Cabinet's focus is on cost-effective, high-quality services that... Thu, 16 Apr 2015 10:00:32 EST House week in review http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/152913653/House-week-in-review FRANKFORT — Business and “the economy” have long meant agriculture in a majority of Kentucky's 120 counties. And for many of those counties, agriculture—at least in part—means tobacco. Tue, 14 Apr 2015 11:20:31 EST A higher education revolution http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/152831247/A-higher-education-revolution You might not have noticed it yet, but student protests are undergoing something of a renaissance. They're rising to levels unseen in decades. Thu, 9 Apr 2015 08:55:33 EST Fix the lack of access to diabetes education http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/152831174/Fix-the-lack-of-access-to-diabetes-education Diabetes is a significant problem for the people of Kentucky. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the rate of diabetes in the state has more than doubled from 4.3 per 100 adults in 1994 to 9.8 per 100 adults in 2012. Thu, 9 Apr 2015 08:55:32 EST House week in review http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/152831133/House-week-in-review FRANKFORT — Gas prices are down to the lowest levels in at least six years, oil continues to fall with the U.S. oil shale boom, and, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. employers added upwards of 257,000 jobs in January. Thu, 9 Apr 2015 08:50:32 EST Put an end to inappropriate teacher-student relationships in Kentucky http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/152789263/Put-an-end-to-inappropriate-teacher-student-relationships-in-Kentucky FRANKFORT — One of the key components of public education is the fact there should be a high level of public trust. The faculty and staff of our schools are entrusted daily with the lives and safety of our most vulnerable and impressionable... Tue, 7 Apr 2015 13:10:31 EST Walmart’s small wage increase not enough for employees, taxpayers http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/152785789/Walmarts-small-wage-increase-not-enough-for-employees-taxpayers You don't need a Walmart front-door greeter to find the flaw in the company's recently announced boost in worker wages: it's not enough. Not enough to pull its lowest-paid workers out of poverty, and therefore not enough to get... Tue, 7 Apr 2015 11:15:32 EST A legislative perspective http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/152782663/A-legislative-perspective FRANKFORT — When it comes to some of the more prominent laws enacted during a legislative session, it is not uncommon for several to have been considered by the General Assembly before. Tue, 7 Apr 2015 09:15:31 EST House week in review http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/152705347/House-week-in-review FRANKFORT — Bills to curb heroin abuse, dating violence, and plug a hole in the state Road Fund were among those measures skidding into home mid-week last week after winning passage in the last hours of a 2015 annual session that championed... Thu, 2 Apr 2015 09:50:31 EST