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Today's Opinions

  • Disappointed in bills passed

    Through a series of extreme parliamentary maneuvers that kept teachers and other interested Kentuckians from effectively voicing their concerns, the House Majority forced a vote on the “charter schools” bill Friday in an early morning committee meeting, before rushing the measure to the House floor where it passed on a 56-39 vote. 

  • Several bills leave Senate for House consideration

    Late nights, packed committee meetings, and heated debate marked the fifth week of the 2017 Session. The Senate is quickly passing the remaining Senate bills out and receiving bills from the House for consideration. While there were some contested issues, the Senate conducted itself in a bipartisan fashion. We wasted no time this week and passed over 40 pieces of legislation including:

    •Senate Bill 9, redistricting of judicial districts in order to better align caseloads with current census data;

  • Dinner misnamed

    A couple of Saturdays ago, the local Republican Party held its annual “Chili Dinner” at our county fairgrounds. Fourth District Congressman Massie attended, as well as an Abraham Lincoln impersonator, Larry Elliott. I’m sure Mr. Elliott is very good at what he does — Congressman Massie, not so much. But I digress.

  • Ethics still important

    Our state senator Paul Hornback co-sponsored SB152 which says exactly this: “Amend KRS 6.716 to reduce the ethics training time requirement for members of the General Assembly from three hours to thirty minutes and remove CLE eligibility; repeal KRS 7.101 requiring sexual and workplace harassment training for General Assembly members.”

  • New activist group

    Activism has seen a resurgence in the United States that hasn’t been seen since the Civil Rights Movement, and it has found roots in Henry County as well. The Women’s March held on Jan. 21 drew JoAnn Adams and Karen Shannon to the streets of Washington, D.C., and they returned with a vision. They began pursuing that vision on Feb. 8 when they hosted a small gathering of like-minded folks at the Low Dutch Meetinghouse in Pleasureville with the goal of fostering freedom and justice and standing up to hate and intolerance.

  • Ducking protestors

    A letter in last week’s edition of the “Henry County Local” referred to a peaceful demonstration that occurred during a recent Republican-sponsored event attended by Rep. Thomas Massie. When it ended, rather than face those who had gathered in opposition to some of his policies, he ducked out a back door and was whisked away.

  • Church histories, futures source of inspiration

    Always one to share ideas freely, more than a year ago Ron Wright, Eminence native and Washington Lodge Odd Fellows member, suggested I could always write articles on local churches for Black History Month.

    As a good idea, that one stayed with me all the way through the rest of 2016 and into 2017, and it turned out successfully — in my opinion, anyway — when it comes to telling stories from different perspectives.

  • Fundraising dinner coming up

    It’s that time of year again. The 25th annual Eminence Education Foundation Dinner and Silent Auction is fast approaching. This year’s event will be held Saturday evening March 4. Doors open at 5:45 p.m. with a silent auction beginning at 6 p.m. and buffet dinner beginning at 6:30 p.m. The evening will conclude with a live auction.