Floyd County Times- RSS OPINION Feed http://floydcountytimes.com/section/OPINION http://floydcountytimes.com/section/OPINION Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:50:52 EST 1800 A legislative perspective http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/151506051/A-legislative-perspective FRANKFORT – Late last week, Kentucky lost one of its true statesmen with the passing of former U.S. Senator Wendell Ford. Tue, 27 Jan 2015 16:25:31 EST Obama tips his hat to FDR http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/151494667/Obama-tips-his-hat-to-FDR Whatever happens over the next two years, you can bet that 22nd century school children will know more about President Barack Obama than kids learn today about, say, Calvin Coolidge. He made history just by being the first non-white man to occupy the... Tue, 27 Jan 2015 09:25:34 EST Keystone Pipeline: Foreign profits, American risk http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/151494677/Keystone-Pipeline:-Foreign-profits-American-risk Media coverage of the Keystone XL pipeline is coalescing around a single narrative. It goes like this: environmentalists oppose the pipeline because of climate change concerns, and U.S. construction companies support the pipeline because it creates... Tue, 27 Jan 2015 09:25:32 EST After 15 years, time to say goodbye http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/151439946/After-15-years-time-to-say-goodbye On Nov. 8, 1999, I stepped into the office of The Floyd County Times as an employee for the first time. I was nervous, but excited, happy to be coming home to do the job I loved. Fri, 23 Jan 2015 10:20:31 EST ‘The Penny Dreadful Picture Show’ http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion_columns/151442736/The-Penny-Dreadful-Picture-Show A reanimated corpse named Penny, a zombie usher and a teen werewolf watch horror movies in a dilapidated theatre in this mash up of “Tales From the Crypt” and... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 12:20:32 EST Week’s new releases all winners http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion_columns/151442600/Weeks-new-releases-all-winners A quartet of top-notch releases were just the thing to chase away mid-winter blues this week, with an eclectic assortment of films. Thu, 22 Jan 2015 12:05:31 EST Citizens United will stifle business innovation http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/151439872/Citizens-United-will-stifle-business-innovation Five years after the Supreme Court handed down its decision in Citizens United v. FEC, the United States is still feeling its ill effects. The 2012 election cycle proved to be the most expensive cycle in history, with an estimated $6 billion in... Thu, 22 Jan 2015 09:55:32 EST Kentucky gets failing grades in tobacco control http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/151439791/Kentucky-gets-failing-grades-in-tobacco-control Kentucky receives straight F's in tobacco control initiatives again this year. Thu, 22 Jan 2015 09:50:31 EST The need for a truth and reconciliation process http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/151317892/The-need-for-a-truth-and-reconciliation-process The killings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner have sparked a national outcry to end the epidemic of police brutality against black men. I believe our greatest hope lies in creating a truth and reconciliation process—starting in Ferguson,... Tue, 20 Jan 2015 11:15:32 EST ‘Jack the Reaper’ http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion_columns/151318156/Jack-the-Reaper A naughty group of high school history students fails to hand in an assignment and is forced to go on a field trip to a railway museum. If that weren't punishment enough, they run afoul of a serial killer called “Railway Jack” and he... Thu, 15 Jan 2015 11:40:31 EST Senate week in review http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/151317971/Senate-week-in-review The Kentucky General Assembly convened the 2015 Legislative Session on Tuesday, January 6th. The first week of the odd year session is traditionally spent performing organizational activities such as the election of leadership, appointment of... Thu, 15 Jan 2015 11:20:31 EST Obama strengthens his backbone http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/151317797/Obama-strengthens-his-backbone Republican lawmakers are setting the stage for a disastrous two years in Congress marked by manufactured crisis after crisis and ignoring the needs of working families. Fortunately, President Barack Obama is showing some much-needed backbone by... Thu, 15 Jan 2015 11:15:32 EST Muslim cartoonist draws lessons from Charlie Hebdo massacre http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/151317730/Muslim-cartoonist-draws-lessons-from-Charlie-Hebdo-massacre As a political cartoonist who happens to be both American and Muslim, I often find myself at the intersection of media curiosity: Muslim, with all the stereotypical notions attached to that, but also a freedom-loving artist and a... Thu, 15 Jan 2015 11:10:32 EST Week’s releases cater to more grown-up tastes http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion_columns/151316050/Weeks-releases-cater-to-more-grown-up-tastes Movies aimed at mature viewers were a breath of fresh air this week, as three films and one series managed to provide entertainment without any CGI or explosions. Thu, 15 Jan 2015 09:40:31 EST Conservation Stewardship Program improvements needed http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/151196661/Conservation-Stewardship-Program-improvements-needed The U.S. Department of Agriculture is seeking public comments on recent changes to the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP). The program, the most significant leap in conservation policy in a decade, was designed to reward top-notch conservation... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 12:40:32 EST LIFT us from wrong priorities, over taxation http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/151192549/LIFT-us-from-wrong-priorities-over-taxation An organization called Local Investments for Transformation (LIFT) is lobbying the legislature for the possibility of a new tax. Their slogan “let the people vote on investing in their communities,” has garnered the support of 42 Kentucky... Tue, 13 Jan 2015 09:40:31 EST A legislative perspective http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/151182783/A-legislative-perspective As it has done for many years at the start of each January, the General Assembly returned to the Capitol last week, but the focus during those first four days was less on legislation and more on organizing for the next two years. Mon, 12 Jan 2015 14:55:09 EST Washington’s slow-motion thaw http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion/151146177/Washingtons-slow-motion-thaw The strangest part of seeing the Cuban embargo officially deemed past its use-by date is how long this took. Thu, 8 Jan 2015 12:52:03 EST ‘Kill Theory’ http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion_columns/151143913/Kill-Theory A group of friends discover how much they mean to each other when they are forced to kill one another or face certain death from a crazed madman in this tight chiller from one of the creators of HBO's “Project... Thu, 8 Jan 2015 10:50:07 EST Good but little seen films get second chance on video http://floydcountytimes.com/news/opinion_columns/151143201/Good-but-little-seen-films-get-second-chance-on-video Four films that should have done better at the box office made for dynamite home viewing choices this week. Thu, 8 Jan 2015 10:44:10 EST