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Today's Opinions

  • Budget still remains legislators’ biggest task

    As we near the end of February, the General Assembly has a predictably full agenda heading into what is always its busiest month of the year.

    Enacting a budget to run state government remains our biggest task. The House’s Appropriations and Revenue Committee is right on schedule, however, with its seven budget review subcommittees close to finishing their modifications of Governor Beshear’s proposal. A vote by the full chamber will be by early March.

  • Hard decision: Being mom to momma dog

    Anyone who knows me knows that I love my dogs as if they were my children.

    Troy and I have owned dogs all our lives and have rarely been without at least one dog at home to greet us after a long day’s work. Being a pet owner is one of the joys in my life, but it can also bring heartbreak.

  • 1889: Cook gets rights to spirituous liquor

    On March 14, 1814, William Stephenson and Elias Dejarnette, his surety, posted a bond of 50 pounds in order for Stephenson and Peggy Troutman to secure a marriage license. Peggy was the daughter of Peter Troutman, who signed a parental consent form.

    The marriage was officiated on March 19, 1814, by the Rev. Alan Mcguire, Minister of the Gospel.

  • Spend money in February not just on valentines, but your own heart

    By Lindsey Seel

    February is a big month for hearts. We see them everywhere; on cards, made out of candy, scribbled on notebooks —all in preparation for February 14th. With so many reminders of love around, the one heart you may forget to care about is the one beating inside your chest.

  • Reduce your risk for kidney stones

    If you have ever had a kidney stone, you won’t soon forget the experience. Kidney stones can cause pain so intense some say it’s almost as bad as childbirth. It is estimated that one in ten individuals will have a kidney stone at some point in his or her life.

    Kidney stones are solid pieces of material that form in the kidney when there are high levels of certain substances in the urine. Urine is made in the kidney then passes through a small tube called the ureter and into the bladder.

  • In the beginning, there came debate

    “Bill Nye the Science Guy” and Ken Ham of the Creation Museum faced off this past week to debate creationism vs. evolution. I am so tired of this debate. It is not new. It was going on when I was a kid and when my parents were kids and when their parents were kids, and probably when Noah was a kid. Enough already! This love/hate relationship that many Christians have with science baffles me.

  • Snow doesn’t stop Senate’s progress

    By State Sen. Paul Hornback

    After observing Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, the legislature went back to work.

    Tuesday was a significant day as Senate President Pro Tem Katie Stine became the first female legislator to preside over the joint session of the Kentucky General Assembly during which Gov. Beshear presented his proposed budget.

  • In my life, Sgt. Pepper didn’t let me down

    By Joseph Yates