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Today's Opinions

  • The candidate we want you to know about

    I was enjoying a nice ho-hum drive to work Feb. 3,when the rear end of an SUV caught my eye, and I had to turn around to get another look.

    Parked at the intersection of  Main and Cross Main in New Castle, the SUV had a campaign sticker for Bob Cook for Judge-Executive on the back window.

    The top of the sticker, of which I caught just a couple of words at first, was the part that made me turn my car around to take a second look.

    “The candidate the newspaper doesn’t want you to know about. Shhh!”

  • Property ordinance is much needed

    I attended the Feb. 1 meeting of the Pleasureville City Council regarding the second reading of the proposed property maintenance ordinance.

  • Good people

    For the past 18 months I believe most will agree that times have been tough, everything from bills, to job security, or just trying to keep their heads above water. Throughout all the day-to-day struggles one thing stands out to me more than anything. We have some really great people in our community, people who volunteer their time to our children. People who spend hours on end to ensure our children are given the opportunity to be a part of something good. People who care and put forth a lot of time and energy to see that our children are able to be involved with positive good clean fun.

  • Thanks for a job well done

    I believe that when someone does a good job they should be recognized for it. We have lived on New Cut Road for 16 years now and when we got any type of significant snow we were all just stranded. Mr. Payton would get out his tractor and plow the road using his own time and certainly his own expense (Thanks Mr. Payton), and it was like that for many, many years.  We all just planned on either staying at home and owning a four-wheel drive vehicle was a must.

  • General Assembly spending a lot of time on education

    With more than half of our state tax dollars going to our schools and universities, it’s no surprise that the General Assembly spends a fair amount of time during legislative sessions focusing on education.

    Already, for example, we have approved a new law designed to make Kentucky more competitive in the federal “Race to the Top” grants being awarded this spring and summer to states that show the most commitment to improving schools.

  • The men hunt, the women shop

    I have a friend who is refreshingly candid about her passionate love of shopping. She shops predominantly for clothes but she also enjoys finding furnishings for her home. While her husband makes a comfortable living, she zeroes in on sales and discounts. I’ve gone shopping with her and, for all of her zeal, she doesn’t buy on impulse. She has a clear idea about what she wants and she goes right after it.

     

  • Budget is top priority in 2010

    When the General Assembly returns to the Capitol each January in even-numbered years, its top priority is never in doubt: Enact a budget to run state government for the next two years.

    The task begins when the governor submits his or her proposal during the opening days of the legislative session.  At that point, the House of Representatives decides what changes it might like to make, with the Senate then doing the same.  Leaders from both chambers then seek a compromise that is voted on in the session’s final days.

  • Empower the people to spur job creation

    Despite President Barack Obama’s inaugural promise to create jobs and contain unemployment through passage of a stimulus package that would “provide an immediate jolt” to our economy, Kentuckians have been struggling with an unemployment rate above ten percent since May 2009.  Since the Democrat Majority’s stimulus legislation was signed into law almost one year ago, 3.5 million Americans have lost their jobs.  More than six million jobs have been lost since Democrats took control of Congress in January 2007.