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Domestic violence deserves attention every day, always

Since 1995, October has been recognized as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. But domestic violence needs our attention every minute of every day.

Monday 03/02/2015
High court v. Obamacare
Posted: March 02, 2015

Next Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear a challenge to the Affordable Care Act that could have a dramatic impact for some of the 10 million people who now have access to health care thanks to the 2010 federal law.

Tuesday 02/24/2015
Kentucky legislature should find out death penalty's cost
Posted: February 24, 2015

Let's say you have no moral qualms about the death penalty. You also think, despite compelling evidence to the contrary, that our justice system is meting out the irreversible punishment fairly with negligible errors.

Monday 02/23/2015
EPOs for dating couples will save lives, state money
Posted: February 23, 2015

Kentucky is one of only four states in the U.S. that don’t allow victims of dating violence to seek protective orders unless they have been married to or lived with their abuser, or they have a child together. Our current law leaves very little to no protection for many young adults, including teens and widowed senior citizens, who may be in dating relationships that have gone bad.

Thursday 02/19/2015
We survived winter storm 2015
Posted: February 19, 2015

Imagine it, if you will: 37 hours — more than a day and a half — of virtual non-stop, high pressure work with little sleep and only brief times for rest. Further imagine the “menace” at hand just wouldn’t stop and the job seemed endless.

Kentucky editorial roundup
Posted: February 19, 2015

Recent editorials from Kentucky newspapers:

Wednesday 02/18/2015
Child booster seats
Posted: February 18, 2015

The Kentucky General Assembly has a chance this year to pass a simple measure that would bring the state in line with most others when it comes to protecting small children from death and serious injury.

Tuesday 02/17/2015
Farmers can apply for grants to schools
Posted: February 17, 2015

Farmers in more than 1,300 U.S. counties have an opportunity to earn grants designed to enhance math and science programs in their public school systems. The Grow Rural Education offer from America’s Farmers looks like an ideal match for schools in the Southern Pennyrile. It targets counties with high yields in agriculture.

Monday 02/16/2015
Don't rush through flawed AT&T bill
Posted: February 16, 2015

It's up to the Kentucky House to revive the conversation about the so-called AT&T bill.

Sunday 02/15/2015
Fix gas tax by setting base level of revenue
Posted: February 15, 2015

Two variables — gasoline price fluctuations and better fuel efficiency in newer cars — have combined to reduce money that state and federal governments use to build and maintain roads and bridges. In Kentucky, the revenue is tied to fuel prices and consumption, and that means the state’s highway fund will have a $250 million shortfall by the end of the next fiscal year that ends June 30, 2016, according to Transportation Cabinet Secretary Mike Hancock’s estimate.

Friday 02/13/2015
Honoring unknown heroes of history
Posted: February 13, 2015

February is the month our nation annually remembers and celebrates the significant achievements and lasting impact of black Americans from our past.

Thursday 02/12/2015
Program offers role models missing in too many lives
Posted: February 12, 2015

Too many children are growing up without a positive male role model in the home.

Wednesday 02/11/2015
Disgraced anchor should be ousted
Posted: February 11, 2015

One of the most important things that a person learns in journalism school is about credibility.

Monday 02/09/2015
Lawmakers' agenda full as clock ticks on session
Posted: February 09, 2015

An article in Monday's Paducah Sun outlined seven issues that await the Kentucky General Assembly as it enters the final 26 days of the legislative session. Several of those issues, we think, merit comment.

Tuesday 02/03/2015
Smartphones don’t belong in classrooms
Posted: February 03, 2015

Fed up with the distractions in the classroom, at least one Nelson County principal has declared a “Do Not Disturb” rule.

Monday 02/02/2015
Boost state with more high school graduates
Posted: February 02, 2015

Public education in Kentucky hit a significant milestone this week with the announcement that all of the state’s 173 school districts have approved raising the dropout age from 16 to 18. Most school districts — including Christian, Todd and Trigg counties — will implement the new graduation policy in the 2015-16 school year. Caldwell County is among the last six districts that will implement the change in 2017-18.

Monday 03/02/2015
High court v. Obamacare
Posted: March 02, 2015

Next Wednesday, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear a challenge to the Affordable Care Act that could have a dramatic impact for some of the 10 million people who now have access to health care thanks to the 2010 federal law.

more »
Tuesday 02/24/2015
Kentucky legislature should find out death penalty's cost
Posted: February 24, 2015

Let's say you have no moral qualms about the death penalty. You also think, despite compelling evidence to the contrary, that our justice system is meting out the irreversible punishment fairly with negligible errors.

more »
Monday 02/23/2015
EPOs for dating couples will save lives, state money
Posted: February 23, 2015

Kentucky is one of only four states in the U.S. that don’t allow victims of dating violence to seek protective orders unless they have been married to or lived with their abuser, or they have a child together. Our current law leaves very little to no protection for many young adults, including teens and widowed senior citizens, who may be in dating relationships that have gone bad.

more »
Thursday 02/19/2015
We survived winter storm 2015
Posted: February 19, 2015

Imagine it, if you will: 37 hours — more than a day and a half — of virtual non-stop, high pressure work with little sleep and only brief times for rest. Further imagine the “menace” at hand just wouldn’t stop and the job seemed endless.

more »
Kentucky editorial roundup
Posted: February 19, 2015

Recent editorials from Kentucky newspapers:

more »
Wednesday 02/18/2015
Child booster seats
Posted: February 18, 2015

The Kentucky General Assembly has a chance this year to pass a simple measure that would bring the state in line with most others when it comes to protecting small children from death and serious injury.

more »
Tuesday 02/17/2015
Farmers can apply for grants to schools
Posted: February 17, 2015

Farmers in more than 1,300 U.S. counties have an opportunity to earn grants designed to enhance math and science programs in their public school systems. The Grow Rural Education offer from America’s Farmers looks like an ideal match for schools in the Southern Pennyrile. It targets counties with high yields in agriculture.

more »
Monday 02/16/2015
Don't rush through flawed AT&T bill
Posted: February 16, 2015

It's up to the Kentucky House to revive the conversation about the so-called AT&T bill.

more »
Sunday 02/15/2015
Fix gas tax by setting base level of revenue
Posted: February 15, 2015

Two variables — gasoline price fluctuations and better fuel efficiency in newer cars — have combined to reduce money that state and federal governments use to build and maintain roads and bridges. In Kentucky, the revenue is tied to fuel prices and consumption, and that means the state’s highway fund will have a $250 million shortfall by the end of the next fiscal year that ends June 30, 2016, according to Transportation Cabinet Secretary Mike Hancock’s estimate.

more »
Friday 02/13/2015
Honoring unknown heroes of history
Posted: February 13, 2015

February is the month our nation annually remembers and celebrates the significant achievements and lasting impact of black Americans from our past.

more »
Thursday 02/12/2015
Program offers role models missing in too many lives
Posted: February 12, 2015

Too many children are growing up without a positive male role model in the home.

more »
Wednesday 02/11/2015
Disgraced anchor should be ousted
Posted: February 11, 2015

One of the most important things that a person learns in journalism school is about credibility.

more »
Monday 02/09/2015
Lawmakers' agenda full as clock ticks on session
Posted: February 09, 2015

An article in Monday's Paducah Sun outlined seven issues that await the Kentucky General Assembly as it enters the final 26 days of the legislative session. Several of those issues, we think, merit comment.

more »
Tuesday 02/03/2015
Smartphones don’t belong in classrooms
Posted: February 03, 2015

Fed up with the distractions in the classroom, at least one Nelson County principal has declared a “Do Not Disturb” rule.

more »
Monday 02/02/2015
Boost state with more high school graduates
Posted: February 02, 2015

Public education in Kentucky hit a significant milestone this week with the announcement that all of the state’s 173 school districts have approved raising the dropout age from 16 to 18. Most school districts — including Christian, Todd and Trigg counties — will implement the new graduation policy in the 2015-16 school year. Caldwell County is among the last six districts that will implement the change in 2017-18.

more »

Readers Write

Legion auxiliary 
hosts program

On Feb. 7, 2015, the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 6, held their Annual 4 Chaplains Program. This program commemorates the four military chaplains that sacrificed their lives for other soldiers as the USAT Dorchester was torpedoed by a German U-boat and sank.

On behalf of the Auxiliary, I would like to thank the ones that took time to attend, the Post 6 Honor Guard, the members that participated in the program, Member, Terri Whitfield for the decorations and providing refreshments, Auxiliary Sargeant of Arms Judy Carroll singing "God Bless America," post members Donnie Carroll for the invocation and Shaun VanLue for the benediction, Jordan Durban singing the National Anthem and Auxiliary Chaplain Elaine Josceyln for chairing this program.

Sandy Omer

Auxiliary president

Madisonville

Cole Chapel 
Church remembered

I am sure a lot of people will remember Cole Chapel Church. It was located as follows: Take a right turn off of old 41 at Empire, Kentucky, then you go through the country for several miles on a winding road. Following this, you will go past McFarland Creek on a gravel road and that road will take you to where the church once stood. Cole Chapel Church dated back to the 1880s and for about 125 years it has been a part of the community.

A lot of members are buried in the graveyard there. Among those buried there are my mother and father. My father was the Rev. Lee Roy Lyell. He has preached there along with the pastor of the church, the Rev. Everett Grace. I have many memories from when I was a child until the service was discontinued in later years. Many enjoyed the homecoming activities with dinner on the ground and all day preaching.

The reason given for tearing down Cole Chapel was that the building was leaning and they were afraid that it would fall. I attended my brother, Carl Lyell's, funeral service at Cole Chapel Church on Nov. 26, 2014, and the church wasn't leaning then. A lot of folks are upset over this, including me. The church was recently remodeled both inside and outside. I feel that there was not any good reason for tearing down a church that was a part of the community's history. I understand that the church is to be replaced with a metal building that will never hold the feelings and history for the community as Cole Chapel Church did. I really wish that people had more respect for our historic buildings than they do. I am 80 years of age and I just don't understand why such a historical part of our community had to be destroyed.

Joseph R. Lyell

Moulton, Ala.

Nutrition panel tells all

The U.S. Advisory Panel on Dietary Guidelines has finally mustered the courage to recommend that Americans eat less meat and dairy products. And not just to lower our risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes and obesity, but also because it slows the rate of climate changes, with its own devastating consequences.

The 572-page report released on Feb. 19, notes that half of all Americans have preventable diet-related chronic diseases and that two-thirds of adults and one-third of children are overweight. It concludes that a dietary pattern higher in plant-based foods and lower in animal-based foods is more health promoting and associated with lesser environmental impact than the current U.S. diet.

The 1977 recommendation that Americans eat less meat by the Senate Select Committee on Nutrition and Human Needs was quashed by the meat industry, and subsequent dietary guidelines panels have been very cautious. The 2010 dietary guidelines panel merely shoved meat and dairy off the official MyPlate icon, representing the U.S. Dietary Guidelines.

Though the experts have now told the truth, our family's health is still up to us. Fortunately, local supermarkets offer a variety of meat and dairy-free options and the internet has lots of advice on vegan recipes and transition tips.

Melvin Miller

Madisonville

Mother responds to report

I would like to respond to the accusations that were printed in The Messenger Feb. 20, 2015. I'm very disappointed with the defamation of my son's character, and so is my son.

The citation that was posted was before the video was released. Video doesn't lie. The video showed that there was no belligerent yelling and being disruptive, or asked to leave. The assistant coach was angry at my son for horse playing in the pool area where he was at with the dive team. What was written in the citation was from (Madisonville Police) officer Chad Muirhead, which was not true. 

Nikki Rose

Madisonville

Guiliani: Drinking a beer with an uncommon man

HUH, USA -- Rudy Guilani danced his way through the crowd blocking the door at the Huhian Bar and Grill as if he was a celebrity guest on "Dancing With The Stars."

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Proximity enhances the land of hugkisses

LONE OAK -- As Alyssa would say, "Raise your hand if you are tired of snow."

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Companies want to create products in right-to-work world

Legally challenging the validity of local right-to-work laws passed by Kentucky counties seems the only viable option for labor-union officials concerned about losing money and members if individual workers gain the freedom to say "no" to union dues without losing their jobs.

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Of yellow dogs and cryin' elephants: Snow Obama's fault

HUH, USA -- Tiny wrestled his bulky physique through the crowd blocking the door at the Huhian Bar and Grill and plopped down on the adjoining stool.

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Tightening up the notches on a tool belt

Frugality, born of necessity, has always been our story.

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Bald, bold and beautiful

“When you’re a bald woman, you’ve broken the code. You’re different. You’re a rebel, and you always command the attention of the room. Some of them might be staring for the wrong reasons… But hey, at least they’re looking. And let’s be honest: They wish they were as cool as you. It’s fine. Not all of us can be superheroes.” - Nico Lang, Thought Catalog producer

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No oversight 'enabled their larceny'

Bob Due. Gary Rye. Phil Trzop.

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Analysis: Tax overhaul bill headed for the shelf

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Ordinarily, the late-winter introduction of major legislation by the chairman of a powerful committee might signal a major push in Congress for an election-year accomplishment.

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Nation right to be war-weary

The advice of The New York Times' thoughtful and sometimes controversial foreign affairs columnist Tom Freidman became a matter of discussion between Secretary of State John Kerry and a conservative Republican congressman during House committee hearings on President Obama's proposed strike on Syria. Friedman's advice was that, instead of military strikes, the U.S. should arm the rebels and shame Syrian President Bashar Assad.

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Cautious capitalists slow U.S. economic recovery

WASHINGTON -- In the struggle between capital and labor, capital is winning — and that's hurting the feeble economic recovery. To simplify slightly: Labor (wage-earners and consumers) can't spend; and capital (businesses and shareholders) won't spend. Without a powerful growth engine, the economy advances haltingly. I wrote about this last week from labor's perspective, but the subject deserves deeper treatment.

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