Floyd County Times- RSS OPINION Feed http://floydcountytimes.com/section/OPINION http://floydcountytimes.com/section/OPINION Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:14:38 EST 1800 ‘Mandrake’ http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion_columns/150934354/Mandrake Merry Christmas, readers. Keeping with the spirit of the season, I give you this nifty tale of a killer tree that has a hunger for ugly Americans. Now warm up the DVD player and be careful not to spill any egg nog on that nicely decorated pine in your... Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:52:06 EST Disappointing week for film buffs http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion_columns/150934293/Disappointing-week-for-film-buffs Four mostly mediocre releases made for lousy stocking stuffer this week. The kind of gift where you smile and say thanks, while planning to re-gift it to that obscure uncle who is impossible to shop for so he always gets your... Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:44:06 EST 2014 was a pivotal year for internet http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/150934020/2014-was-a-pivotal-year-for-internet The death of the Internet is at hand. Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:24:05 EST Politics no place in job of surgeon general http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/150933927/Politics-no-place-in-job-of-surgeon-general Washington, D.C. is a political town. It should come as no surprise to anyone that many times appointments are made based more upon political support than thought as to who would excel in the office. It is a sad reality of our current hyper-partisan... Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:18:03 EST Imagine http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/150933775/Imagine How many songs do we unknowingly filter through our lives each and every day? I know that in our house, music flows almost nonstop, regardless of the occasion or activity at hand; and Christmas is like a music holiday times 10. So it is interesting... Thu, 18 Dec 2014 12:14:02 EST Report is but a first step http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/150901289/Report-is-but-a-first-step There is nothing about the death or near death of a child, at the hands of their caretaker, which can be viewed positively. Despite this sad and stark reality, we at Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky (PCAK) are encouraged by the release of the second... Tue, 16 Dec 2014 11:46:06 EST The season for mindless consumerism http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/150901183/The-season-for-mindless-consumerism 'Tis the season for mindless consumerism.I love giving gifts when they're from the heart. But I hate giving or receiving presents if they're things nobody needs, given out of a sense of obligation. Tue, 16 Dec 2014 11:40:08 EST Don’t kick Santa across the yard http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/150900134/Dont-kick-Santa-across-the-yard This Christmas, give somebody the gift of mercy and forgiveness. Actually be broad with your giving and generous. We all need a lot of both. For such a joyful holiday of cheer, giving and yuletide merriment there are certainly a lot of stressed out... Tue, 16 Dec 2014 10:48:05 EST For the holidays: Paying it forward http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/150850736/For-the-holidays:-Paying-it-forward Phil and Mary Sue are generous hosts. Thanksgiving is their special time with family, but they regularly invite “orphans”-people like my wife and me who have no other place to go. This year, we looked forward to joining Phil and Mary... Thu, 11 Dec 2014 11:28:04 EST ‘Mercenaries’ http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion_columns/150850574/Mercenaries If you thought the last “Expendables” movie was lackluster, then you need to see this femme take on the genre that features a quartet of tough beauties (most of whom started out in 1980s action flicks) getting sprung from... Thu, 11 Dec 2014 11:22:02 EST Christmas comes early for video fans http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion_columns/150850444/Christmas-comes-early-for-video-fans The second week of December bore witness to a miracle, of sorts, with the release of four high quality productions that boast the best in drama, action and horror. Thu, 11 Dec 2014 11:13:13 EST The face of hunger is surprising http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/150849270/The-face-of-hunger-is-surprising During this festive holiday season, many of us are pulling up to tables overflowing with an abundance of delicious food. It speaks well of the American spirit that it is also a time when we think about those who are less fortunate. Thu, 11 Dec 2014 09:57:04 EST Time to change direction on tax extenders http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/150802935/Time-to-change-direction-on-tax-extenders While the dust is still settling from the mid-term elections and the pundits are trying to figure out what it all means, the American people have made their collective voices heard and delivered a message that they do not like the country's... Wed, 10 Dec 2014 13:23:07 EST Something is in the air in Eastern Kentucky http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/150815107/Something-is-in-the-air-in-Eastern-Kentucky Think of Kentucky's economy and what comes to mind: bourbon, tobacco, coal, thoroughbreds, auto manufacturing? All of those industries are important to the Commonwealth, but they're only a part of the story. Tue, 9 Dec 2014 12:55:04 EST Status quo equals no go for Kentucky http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/150803747/Status-quo-equals-no-go-for-Kentucky This past week 24/7 Wall St., a financial news and opinion website released their annual rankings of The Best and Worst Run States in America. It is regrettable to see that over the course of this past year, Kentucky has slipped further in their... Mon, 8 Dec 2014 13:54:03 EST Some gems available in a slow week http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion_columns/150756758/Some-gems-available-in-a-slow-week One big summer movie and a fine crime drama were your best bets for rentals as December got off to a sluggish start. Fri, 5 Dec 2014 14:29:02 EST ‘Iron Sky’ http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion_columns/150756236/Iron-Sky Science fiction, action and comedy merge in this high camp romp that finds earth threatened when a lunar landing crew stumbles across a secret Nazi base on the dark side of the moon. Fri, 5 Dec 2014 14:09:13 EST This time, ‘free speech’ cannot prevail http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/150768724/This-time-free-speech-cannot-prevail Like many in the U.S, I normally consider myself a staunch advocate of free speech and against most forms of censorship. I agree with a previous U.S court of appeals decision that determined a Facebook “like” was constitutionally protected... Thu, 4 Dec 2014 12:24:03 EST Voters call for clarity; IRS should listen http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/150768542/Voters-call-for-clarity;-IRS-should-listen Nonprofit political activity is at a crossroads. Nonprofits have come under criticism from some on the left for spending too much dark money to influence politics, while some on the right critique the IRS for subjecting certain groups applying for... Thu, 4 Dec 2014 12:10:03 EST Pass heroin legislation now – our people are dying http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/150767106/Pass-heroin-legislation-now--our-people-are-dying Heroin is pure death, and is rapidly spreading through the Commonwealth. It i Thu, 4 Dec 2014 10:30:10 EST