Floyd County Times- RSS OPINION Feed http://floydcountytimes.com/section/OPINION http://floydcountytimes.com/section/OPINION Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:58:52 EST 1800 Kasem’s nightmare a lesson for millions http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/150276240/Kasems-nightmare-a-lesson-for-millions The tragic legal battle between legendary radio host Casey Kasem's family members over his end-of-life care before he died in June is a teachable moment for millions of Americans. It illustrates the challenges and importance of end-of-life... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:55:07 EST Paying for cheap chocolate http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/150276148/Paying-for-cheap-chocolate One Halloween, my husband persuaded our kids to give away most of the candy they'd just collected while trick-or-treating. They were preschoolers and the house we were renting then had previously drawn teens with haunted... Thu, 23 Oct 2014 10:48:04 EST The face of hunger may shock you http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/150190484/The-face-of-hunger-may-shock-you The number of people in America currently seeking help to feed themselves and their families is staggering. A new report released by Feeding America and God's Pantry Food Bank, Hunger in America 2014, shows that every year, more than 46.5... Wed, 22 Oct 2014 08:57:04 EST A legislative perspective http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/150243383/A-legislative-perspective While Kentucky has long played a major role in agriculture, it's no understatement to say much of this takes place outside of the mountains. Some of our counties generate about $100,000 in farming sales, a tiny fraction compared with the $100... Tue, 21 Oct 2014 10:45:05 EST Food and farming economy needs entrepreneurship, too http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/150232164/Food-and-farming-economy-needs-entrepreneurship-too Kentucky has a fascinating heritage when it comes to public unity. Everyone knows the Commonwealth was home to both Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis. Today, different debates occupy the minds of average Kentuckians, such as UK vs. Louisville, wet... Mon, 20 Oct 2014 15:22:06 EST A casual stroll during a footrace http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/150190482/A-casual-stroll-during-a-footrace Monday was Columbus Day. Thu, 16 Oct 2014 09:45:03 EST Ben Affleck’s Muslim problem http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/150190464/Ben-Afflecks-Muslim-problem The latest episode of Bill Maher's HBO show “Real Time” performed what was, in effect, an in-studio social experiment. Thu, 16 Oct 2014 08:56:05 EST Rental Central http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion_columns/150175920/Rental-Central One blockbuster and two series made for excellent viewing this week. I have to say that cable has the right idea with the 10-episode series. The writing stays sharp and none of the talent burns out. The success of “The Walking... Wed, 15 Oct 2014 09:54:05 EST ‘Bunnyman’ http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion_columns/150175669/Bunnyman If you go into the woods today, you're in for a big surprise, and i'm not talking about a cozy picnic with teddy bears. A demented backwoods killer has staked out this forest, but at least he's easy to spot, since he is rocking a... Wed, 15 Oct 2014 09:38:05 EST Made in Eastern Kentucky http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/150157808/Made-in-Eastern-Kentucky Last week, Kentucky's Cabinet for Economic Development launched a campaign to make Kentucky folks aware of what is being made in their midst. Tue, 14 Oct 2014 09:05:08 EST Celebrating America’s wilderness http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/150157759/Celebrating-Americas-wilderness “When are you going to take your family to Disney World?” Tue, 14 Oct 2014 09:01:02 EST Your health care decisions matter http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/150143765/Your-health-care-decisions-matter The Affordable Care Act has dramatically impacted the delivery of health care services across the country and this region. The impact has been both good and bad for Eastern Kentucky's doctors and hospitals. One thing that hasn't changed is... Mon, 13 Oct 2014 11:26:06 EST Reinvented and reaping the riches http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/150102050/Reinvented-and-reaping-the-riches “In measurement after measurement, statistic after statistic, Floyd County's performance reeks … Not only is our school system nowhere near the top, it does not even approach the middle in any category. The entire institution is... Fri, 10 Oct 2014 16:15:03 EST Death of newspapers greatly exaggerated http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/150108995/Death-of-newspapers-greatly-exaggerated Forgive us if we're not willing to write an obituary for newspapers — and will even challenge those who would espouse the idea.Pundits and skeptics use clever connotations such as dinosaurs facing extinction. Thu, 9 Oct 2014 09:01:05 EST ‘Scavenger Killers’ http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion_columns/150101132/Scavenger-Killers A New Jersey circuit court judge and a criminal defense attorney join forces to take a bite out of crime, and rockabilly musicians, in this low-budget horror effort that piles on extra helpings of gore and black humor. Wed, 8 Oct 2014 16:10:08 EST Rental Central http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion_columns/150101236/Rental-Central Science fiction and horror were all the rage this week in a quartet of releases that offer future, past and present-day settings. Wed, 8 Oct 2014 15:47:03 EST A legislative perspective http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/150064489/A-legislative-perspective Late last week, I met with a group of attorneys who came to our community for training on issues tied in part to domestic violence. Mon, 6 Oct 2014 13:16:09 EST Innovation, shared enterprise, strategic leadership critical to SOAR success http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/150062448/Innovation-shared-enterprise-strategic-leadership-critical-to-SOAR-success Legend has it that, in 1972, the Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai was asked to give his assessment of the French Revolution. Although the uprising began in 1789, Zhou cryptically answered, “It's too early to tell.” Mon, 6 Oct 2014 11:52:09 EST McConnell’s record on coal not in dispute http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/150060525/McConnells-record-on-coal-not-in-dispute As someone who was personally involved in the events described in your recent article “McConnell Opposed Coal Plant While Judge Exec,” I can say with certainty that everything about this story was misleading, starting with the headline. No... Mon, 6 Oct 2014 09:32:06 EST Hooked on apples http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/150026763/Hooked-on-apples When it comes to solving big problems, I believe in reaching for the low-hanging fruit first. What's the easy stuff we can get out of the way before working on harder challenges? Fri, 3 Oct 2014 22:44:06 EST