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Today's Opinions

  • Retirees to rally

    As members of the General Assembly return to Frankfort for the 2016 Regular Session, they will find themselves facing a multitude of challenges, one of the more critical being pension funding.  Legislative action in the 2013 Regular Session provided the framework for funding the plans managed by the Kentucky Retirement Systems (KRS).  Public employee (and teacher) pensions will require tens of millions of new dollars in the budget simply to stem the erosion of funding levels.  

  • Right place, right time, wrong attitude

    A recent voters’ decision allowing Henry County  “wet” status was a countywide progressive movement mandating county leadership to take another look at our economic development policies and attitude.  The current negative attitude has guided Henry County to higher taxes, depleting savings and impaired services.

  • Time for state legislators to get back to work, approve budget

    This week, as it has regularly done since Kentucky became the nation’s fifteenth state in 1792, the General Assembly returns to the Capitol to start another legislative session.

    The House and Senate will meet for 60 working days and wrap up our work by April 15, as required by Kentucky’s constitution.

    Our biggest task during this time will be enacting a two-year state budget that will take effect next July. While it is too soon to say what policy decisions will be made, the overall numbers are already known.

  • Legacy of service speaks louder than the Chief

    I used to think Gary Lucas was kind of a jerk. 

    I had a run-in with the Eminence Fire Chief some years ago. I had arranged to take a group photo of his department and arrived as scheduled to do so. Gary asked where I’d like for them to stand. Looking around, I prepared to make a suggestion.

    That’s when I unintentionally insulted one of his fire trucks.

  • Legacy of service speaks louder than the Chief

    I used to think Gary Lucas was kind of a jerk. 

    I had a run-in with the Eminence Fire Chief some years ago. I had arranged to take a group photo of his department and arrived as scheduled to do so. Gary asked where I’d like for them to stand. Looking around, I prepared to make a suggestion.

    That’s when I unintentionally insulted one of his fire trucks.

  • Disappointed with comments

    I am extremely disappointed by the comments made by our judge-executive in the article about the alcohol vote from the Dec. 23rd edition of the Local.  

  • Hoping holiday cheer carries over to new year

    The abrupt end to holiday festivities feels an awful lot like going cold turkey this year.

    Usually, the aftermath of all the planning, decorating, shopping for those perfect Christmas presents, wrapping, cooking and serving and then ushering guests to their cars generates a feeling of relief.

    It’s understandable — the various activities that people over-commit to during this season requires much energy and fortitude to carry out.

  • State lawmakers prepare for new legislative session

    As the General Assembly readies for a return to the Capitol next week to start another legislative session, it is worth taking a look back on what has happened since the last one ended in late March.

    This period is known as the interim, and it gives the House and Senate’s two dozen joint committees – plus several temporary ones – time to review the issues affecting the state in a less pressure-filled setting.  In some cases, meetings are held across the state.