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Bevin's dis-kynect is bad for business

It’s disappointing that Gov. Matt Bevin felt compelled to follow through on an illogical position that he staked out early in his campaign, based on limited knowledge.

Friday 02/12/2016
Rialmo's lawsuit is just an act of gall
Posted: February 12, 2016

First he killed him. Now he's suing him.

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Why Democrats must keep trying
Posted: February 12, 2016

Instead of "Yes we can," many Democrats have adopted a new slogan this election year: "We shouldn't even try."

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Thursday 02/11/2016
Invert the phrase 'time is money' in regards to taxes
Posted: February 11, 2016

Politics has hit the forefront of the news and topic of discussion throughout various circles. Social media warriors have taken to daily vitriolic posting battles making a difference for the cause. Everyone is tuned to the presidential election and what nonsense has spewed out of this candidate or that candidate's mouth. What scheme are they projecting to place upon our country? What lie are we willing to accept?

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Rubio presses self-destruct button
Posted: February 11, 2016

WASHINGTON

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Wednesday 02/10/2016
Conservatives shouldn't throw around that 'Republican Obama' label lightly
Posted: February 10, 2016

"The Republican Obama."

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Bernie and Hillary's America
Posted: February 10, 2016

Watching last Thursday's debate between Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders one might have thought a Republican had been in the White House for nearly eight years.

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Clinton and Sanders both have it wrong
Posted: February 10, 2016

MANCHESTER, N.H.

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Readers Write: Meat free Lent
Posted: February 10, 2016

Today marks the beginning of Lent, the 40-day period before Easter, when many Christians abstain from animal foods in remembrance of Jesus' 40 days of fasting in the desert before launching his ministry.

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Tuesday 02/09/2016
Readers Write: All children should 
get off to a healthy start
Posted: February 09, 2016

The shocking epidemic of opioid abuse that has swept Kentucky has left its mark in many ways, but none more heartbreaking than the rise of babies born dependent on drugs.

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Utter nastiness on display with Cruz's tactics
Posted: February 09, 2016

PORTSMOUTH, N.H.

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Hillary flashes her golden tongue
Posted: February 09, 2016

PALM BEACH, Fla. -- As speaking fees go, Hillary Clinton's allegedly scandalous $200,000 per engagement is chump change compared with Donald Trump's $1.5 million.

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Sunday 02/07/2016
Playing to the worst characteristics in people
Posted: February 07, 2016

HUH, USA -- Wimpy, always the worry wart, slipped through the crowd blocking the door at the Huhian Bar and Grill like a stray cat stalking a field mouse.

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Saturday 02/06/2016
Odds and ends from chest of drawers of life
Posted: February 06, 2016

In case you care … or don't.

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And the Oscar for most stunning actress goes to ...
Updated: February 06, 2016 - 3:00 pm

We are here not to discuss the complex #OscarsSoWhite controversy but to address another sore point with perhaps similar origins: the #OscarsSoGorgeous phenomenon.

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Isn't it strange?
Updated: February 06, 2016 - 3:00 pm

There is a letter titled "Isn't It Strange?" making the rounds in email boxes. It asks questions to which our fellow Americans should know the answers, save for those caught up in modernity.

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Readers Write

Food bank says thank you

This year has been a very fruitful year at the Hope2All Community Food Bank in Nortonville. We have been able to secure resources to feed over 19,285 people with 200 tons of food this year. It's an honor to be able to serve those who struggle in our community and work together with some really wonderful agencies that care as well.

Hope2All would like to thank these businesses for their support in 2015 for providing resources during the holiday season to those in need.

Hopkins County Regional Landfill of White Plains, Home Oil and Gas Co. of Henderson, Whitaker Truck Parts and Repair of White Plains, Madisonville Auto Parts (NAPA) of Madisonville, McCords Equipment Repair of Dawson Springs, Royal Brass and Hose of Madisonville, SMF Environmental of Central City, Weddle Enterprises of Somerset and Clays Trucking of Beechmont.

Everything you donated went to feed hungry families in Hopkins County this season. The need was great but those who gave were greater. Thank you from Hope2All and the families all over this county that need someone to care.

Brad Payne

Director of Food Operations

Madisonville

Government is not a 
scary, faceless entity

In a recent opinion (The Messenger, Feb. 11), Chris Toney claimed that "taxes steal our time" and made it sound as though the government is out to get us. I respectfully disagree with his over-the-top position.

What I buy with my taxes is a functioning and safe society. Nobody likes to pay taxes but nobody works extra hours to pay them as he contends. We work the hours our boss requires, not our government.

Are my taxes always used judiciously and efficiently? Probably not always, but I think they are for the most part. People in government are only human, not perfect and sometimes make mistakes but the government is not some scary, faceless entity. Government is populated by our neighbors, friends and fellow citizens who are generally not thanked for the good work they do.

I appreciate the fact that the taxes we pay provides us with so much good like clean water, trash removal, sewage treatment, reliable electricity,  police and firefighters who come when there's an emergency, streets that aren't crumbling into dust, libraries where we can borrow a book, a movie, the use of a computer and educational programs for children and adults, judges to dispense justice, guards and jails to lock up lawbreakers, emergency managers and sirens that warn of impending storms, public guardians who protect vulnerable children and the elderly from abuse and neglect, EMT's who show up when someone is sick or injured, school crossing guards, school buses and drivers, teachers, school nurses and lunch ladies who teach, feed and care for our children, shelters that take care of lost and abandoned pets, parks for recreation, parades and festivals to lift our spirits and bring us joy, sidewalks to walk on and the many other amenities that my taxes provide. I like street lights that dispel the darkness and I like leaders who look to the future to provide a better tomorrow for all of us.

What do taxes buy us? A well ordered and functioning civilization. It buys all those services we rarely think about until we need them. It's a small fee that buys us the freedom to live in a civilized society instead of chaos. I thank those civil servants who keep things functioning and who often don't get gratitude for the many things they do to keep society working for all of us.

Hope Miller

Madisonville

Rialmo's lawsuit is just an act of gall

First he killed him. Now he's suing him.

12:00 am | See more

Why Democrats must keep trying

Instead of "Yes we can," many Democrats have adopted a new slogan this election year: "We shouldn't even try."

12:00 am | See more

Invert the phrase 'time is money' in regards to taxes

Politics has hit the forefront of the news and topic of discussion throughout various circles. Social media warriors have taken to daily vitriolic posting battles making a difference for the cause. Everyone is tuned to the presidential election and what nonsense has spewed out of this candidate or that candidate's mouth. What scheme are they projecting to place upon our country? What lie are we willing to accept?

12:00 am | See more

Rubio presses self-destruct button

WASHINGTON

12:00 am | See more

Bernie and Hillary's America

Watching last Thursday's debate between Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders one might have thought a Republican had been in the White House for nearly eight years.

12:00 am | See more

Clinton and Sanders both have it wrong

MANCHESTER, N.H.

12:00 am | See more

Conservatives shouldn't throw around that 'Republican Obama' label lightly

"The Republican Obama."

12:00 am | See more

Utter nastiness on display with Cruz's tactics

PORTSMOUTH, N.H.

12:00 am | See more

Hillary flashes her golden tongue

PALM BEACH, Fla. -- As speaking fees go, Hillary Clinton's allegedly scandalous $200,000 per engagement is chump change compared with Donald Trump's $1.5 million.

12:00 am | See more

Playing to the worst characteristics in people

HUH, USA -- Wimpy, always the worry wart, slipped through the crowd blocking the door at the Huhian Bar and Grill like a stray cat stalking a field mouse.

12:00 am | See more

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