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Today's Opinions

  • General Assembly priority was to finalize budget

    Three-and-a-half months after it began, the 2010 Regular Session is set to reach the end this week as legislators meet for two days to consider any possible vetoes by Governor Beshear while debating a handful of other bills that could still become law.

  • With all sincerity, we’re very sorry

    The saying goes something like this ... “to err is human, to forgive divine.”

    I am a human being. And last week, I erred. In fact, I made a pretty fat mistake — in a headline no less.

    I misspelled Makayla James’ last name in a headline on Cindy DiFazio’s story about the 10-year-old and her love of riding horses.

    Then, I missed the misspelling in the lead paragraph of the story.

    First and foremost, Makayla, you have my sincere apologies.

  • I’m on I-71, with a flat tire... April Fool’s!

    There are a lot of reasons to love April – warm weather, Daffodils, bright yellow Forsythia bushes, Red Bud trees, and even Lilacs. But one of my April pleasures is April Fool’s Day, because it gives me an ideal opportunity to mess with my hubby’s mind.

  • Budget differences are small

    When the Kentucky House of Representatives adopted its two-year budget several weeks ago, my colleagues and I had three main priorities: Streamline government; protect education and our most vulnerable citizens; and kick-start our economy.

  • A true turn-around city meeting

    I’m pleased to say that the most exciting thing I witnessed Monday night was the display of hoops excellence that was the Duke-Butler battle for the NCAA championship.

    Thanks to a subdued Pleasureville City Commission meeting, the game truly was the most exciting thing of the night.

    When last I wrote about the Pleasureville meeting, it definitely was not in a favorable light.

  • Budget issues are not yet solved

    As many of you have heard or read, issues around the state’s budget have not yet been resolved.  The primary problem is that the Senate and the House Republicans are unwilling to issue $1.2 billion in additional debt and raise an additional $280 million in taxes.  We are simply not in a position to increase our debt load.

  • My least favorite sign of spring? Mowing

    Oh, how I hate mowing the lawn!

    One morning this past week as I was driving down to Shelbyville to run some errands I was totally caught off guard by not one but two eager-beaver homeowners mowing their lawns.  I wanted to shout, “Relax, it’s only March, folks!”

  • Two-year budget was top priority in final week

    As expected, the final full week of the 2010 Regular Session ended with the focus returning to the General Assembly’s top priority, the two-year state government budget.

    House and Senate leaders and I began working toward common ground on Wednesday afternoon, and if all goes as scheduled, a compromise should be ready for a final vote this week.