Floyd County Times- RSS OPINION Feed http://floydcountytimes.com/section/OPINION http://floydcountytimes.com/section/OPINION Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:53:29 EST 1800 A new look, thanks to you http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/330356/A-new-look-thanks-to-you The Floyd County Times is today launching a new look designed to make the newspaper easier to read, more dependable in its layout, and more effective for our advertisers. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Memo to the New York Times http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/329624/Memo-to-the-New-York-Times On June 26, 2014 the New York Times published yet another story about poverty in eastern Kentucky, the place we proudly call home. The story's headline screamed “What's the Matter with Eastern Kentucky?” The opening paragraphs... Tue, 22 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST A letter to Floyd County http://floydcountytimes.com/news/Op-Ed-opinion/327569/A-letter-to-Floyd-County I am officially resigning from the sheriff's race for November. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST A legislative perspective http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/315352/A-legislative-perspective Our country has achieved a tremendous amount over the last century, but to me, nothing means more than the gains we have made in the lives of our children. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Do something about it America’s poverty http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/3911020/Do-something-about-it-Americas-poverty I've never lived in poverty. However, like most Americans I have known a few tough times. I do know that poverty is not pretty. I've never been around a hungry family that was dancing in joy because of their dire situation. Poverty is... Thu, 17 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Paid leave can help fix our imperfect marketplace http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/3909413/Paid-leave-can-help-fix-our-imperfect-marketplace As a business person, there is one economics lesson I learn over and over again:The marketplace is essential but not perfect.It is not perfect in a variety of ways, but a big one is that not everyone can be a winner. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST ‘Dark Country’ http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion_columns/3909358/Dark-Country A quickie Vegas wedding morphs into the longest night ever in this effective chiller that boasts a great twist which demands a second viewing. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Rental Central http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion_columns/3909264/Rental-Central A slow week meant plenty of home video gold for those waiting on special editions of old favorites and collections. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST An entrepreneurial eco-system is emerging in East Kentucky http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/3897420/An-entrepreneurial-eco-system-is-emerging-in-East-Kentucky In May 2004, I left the full-time practice of law and began working for the Kentucky Innovation Network and Morehead State University in what seemed to be an obscure form of economic development. It was so obscure (and seemingly irrelevant) that its... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Changing region’s health requires social, political will http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/3897050/Changing-regions-health-requires-social-political-will This summer, S.O.A.R. (Shaping Our Appalachian Region) is holding hundreds of listening sessions across Eastern Kentucky to gather feedback on what communities feel is required for a brighter future. The project, initiated by Gov. Beshear and... Wed, 16 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST A legislative perspective http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/3902129/A-legislative-perspective When it comes to budgets, there is one big difference between the federal government and the states: The states balance theirs at the end of the fiscal year. Tue, 15 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Extreme nutrition http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/3888054/Extreme-nutrition To most people, “bonking” implies an R-rated activity. To marathon runners, cyclists, and other endurance athletes, it's something else entirely. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST The war on women http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/3887994/The-war-on-women It has long been suspected that the Supreme Court hates women, although it took the court's 5-4 decision in the Hobby Lobby case to fully reveal its blatant misogyny. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST ‘The Brain from Planet Arous’ http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion_columns/3887254/The-Brain-from-Planet-Arous An evil brain from outer space (like there's any other kind) takes over the body of a scientist and plans to conquer the world in this effective chiller that demands a remake. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Rental Central http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion_columns/3887228/Rental-Central A slow week for new releases was supplemented by some obscure flicks and a vintage television series that were all worth seeking out. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Time is now for serious look at reforms for teachers’ pension system http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/3886969/Time-is-now-for-serious-look-at-reforms-for-teachers-pension-system Over the course of the past decade, the issue of state pensions has come to the forefront, as the gap in promised benefits and the financial resources set aside to fund them has continuously expanded. Many states, including Kentucky, have required... Thu, 10 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Renewables can put the brakes on high gas prices http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/3876687/Renewables-can-put-the-brakes-on-high-gas-prices As Americans hop in their cars this summer, gasoline prices are at a six-year high. Thanks to surging demand and continued turmoil in Iraq, gas is quickly approaching $4.00 per gallon. Wed, 9 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST A legislative perspective http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/3874461/A-legislative-perspective A common misconception about the legislative process is that all state laws take effect right after the governor signs them. Wed, 9 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Leveraging East Kentucky’s heritage to support economic development http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/3872895/Leveraging-East-Kentuckys-heritage-to-support-economic-development Last week, I wrote about the large number of areas in East and Northeast Kentucky that possess military heritage. The list included homes of military heroes and a smaller but still significant number of battlefields. This week, I traveled to one of... Wed, 9 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST Rental Central http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion_columns/3864087/Rental-Central A few older gems were released this week alongside one stinker that, no doubt, escaped as well. Fri, 4 Jul 2014 00:01:00 EST