Middlesboro Daily News- RSS OPINION Feed http://middlesborodailynews.com/section/OPINION http://middlesborodailynews.com/section/OPINION Sat, 22 Nov 2014 23:58:14 EST 1800 Will the stocking be empty? http://middlesborodailynews.com/news/opinion_columns/150623686/Will-the-stocking-be-empty I call to ask who's in charge of the Empty Stocking Fund so I'll know where to send my check this year. Jim “Muggins” Bennett answers the phone. He sounds a little weak, but when he realizes it's me, he perks right... Sat, 22 Nov 2014 09:06:06 EST Today in History http://middlesborodailynews.com/news/opinion/150595994/Today-in-History By the Associated PressToday is Saturday, Nov. 22, the 326th day of 2014. There are 39 days left in the year.Today's Highlight in History: Sat, 22 Nov 2014 00:35:06 EST Kynect and Kentucky http://middlesborodailynews.com/news/opinion/150623630/Kynect-and-Kentucky As open enrollment for kynect gets underway for the second year, this state should be proud of what it has accomplished with the Affordable Care Act under the leadership of Gov. Steve Beshear. Fri, 21 Nov 2014 12:16:02 EST Today in History http://middlesborodailynews.com/news/opinion/150595950/Today-in-History By the Associated PressToday is Friday, Nov. 21, the 325th day of 2014. There are 40 days left in the year.Today's Highlight in History: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 00:33:03 EST Do the right thing http://middlesborodailynews.com/news/opinion/150602556/Do-the-right-thing Like virtually every voter, I thought the most recent election season was especially tiring and trying. There has to be a better way, I said. Thu, 20 Nov 2014 23:30:04 EST Hard to predict state’s benefit from DC clout http://middlesborodailynews.com/news/opinion/150610980/Hard-to-predict-states-benefit-from-DC-clout U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell's election Thursday as Senate majority leader was a historic moment for Kentucky and the fulfillment of the stalwart politician's longtime ambition. Thu, 20 Nov 2014 11:44:08 EST Coverage through Affordable Care Act http://middlesborodailynews.com/news/opinion_columns/150611085/Coverage-through-Affordable-Care-Act Imagine your child has asthma or severe allergies. One day, your health insurer informs you that they will no longer cover your child under your plan because they have a preexisting condition. Thu, 20 Nov 2014 11:40:06 EST Today in History http://middlesborodailynews.com/news/opinion/150595913/Today-in-History By the Associated PressToday is Thursday, Nov. 20, the 324th day of 2014. There are 41 days left in the year.Today's Highlight in History: Thu, 20 Nov 2014 00:27:06 EST Charitable giving pays off for everyone http://middlesborodailynews.com/news/opinion_columns/150596561/Charitable-giving-pays-off-for-everyone Americans are pretty generous — in fact, 83 percent of us donated money to charitable organizations last year, according to a Gallup survey. And now that we're entering the holiday season, charitable giving well may be on your mind. Your... Wed, 19 Nov 2014 13:32:06 EST Violating the Constitution, again http://middlesborodailynews.com/news/opinion_columns/150596246/Violating-the-Constitution-again President Barack Obama acted as though he was unaware of the overwhelming rejection of his policies, which he had insisted were on the ballot this election, in one of the largest mid-term election defeats in the last 100 years. He came out of the gate... Wed, 19 Nov 2014 13:03:07 EST Obamacare’s confusing numbers http://middlesborodailynews.com/news/opinion/150561235/Obamacares-confusing-numbers One of the Affordable Care Act's bothersome traits is its reliance on numbers to judge its success — and those numbers vary, depending on who provides them. Wed, 19 Nov 2014 13:00:08 EST Today in History http://middlesborodailynews.com/news/opinion/150561372/Today-in-History By the Associated PressToday is Wednesday, Nov. 19, the 323rd day of 2014. There are 42 days left in the year.Today's Highlight in History: Wed, 19 Nov 2014 00:06:05 EST Your server isn’t on the menu http://middlesborodailynews.com/news/opinion_columns/150561407/Your-server-isnt-on-the-menu At a popular sit-down restaurant in Independence, Missouri, Allison waits tables for $3.60 an hour — the going rate for servers at her restaurant. Tue, 18 Nov 2014 13:13:04 EST Shine like the stars http://middlesborodailynews.com/news/opinion_columns/150577868/Shine-like-the-stars Surely all of us have something to give thanks for.We all have problems, aches and things that we desire. Tue, 18 Nov 2014 13:11:07 EST FCC should let consumers – not providers – shape the Internet http://middlesborodailynews.com/news/opinion/150561170/FCC-should-let-consumers--not-providers--shape-the-Internet It's no small irony that President Barack Obama supported protections for an open Internet on the same day he arrived in China, a nation that notoriously controls and censors Internet communications. Tue, 18 Nov 2014 12:55:08 EST Today in History http://middlesborodailynews.com/news/opinion/150561334/Today-in-History By the Associated PressToday is Tuesday, Nov. 18, the 322nd day of 2014. There are 43 days left in the year.Today's Highlight in History: Tue, 18 Nov 2014 00:05:06 EST Election ‘dirtiest ever held’ http://middlesborodailynews.com/news/opinion_columns/150559981/Election-dirtiest-ever-held In 1960, I was just seven years old; and, even though there was a great big world out there somewhere, my immediate world really only consisted of the No. 16 Island Creek coal camp at Verdunville where my family existed alongside other coal related... Mon, 17 Nov 2014 12:15:09 EST End domestic violence http://middlesborodailynews.com/news/opinion/150561075/End-domestic-violence ”Why does she stay?” Mon, 17 Nov 2014 11:56:04 EST Cell phones and young people http://middlesborodailynews.com/news/opinion_columns/150542391/Cell-phones-and-young-people Technology has advanced at such a rapid pace that our lives are very different than they were even 10 years ago. Responsible technology usage is now a conversation you must have with your child. Sat, 15 Nov 2014 11:44:03 EST What makes a strong lobbyist http://middlesborodailynews.com/news/opinion_columns/150541147/What-makes-a-strong-lobbyist Because of its power to influence public affairs, the press has long been known as “the Fourth Estate.” But I think the media may have been displaced. These days, it's lobbyists who seem to carry the most clout in... Sat, 15 Nov 2014 10:14:08 EST