Today's Opinions

  • Will REAL ID really enhance our security?

    There have been several times in my life when I remember where I was or what I was doing when something monumental happened.
    Perhaps the event in history that has been most impactful and unforgettable in my lifetime was 9/11.
    On Monday, Sept. 10, 2001, I flew to Norfolk, Va., for a weeklong corporate leadership training for new managers.

  • Liquor mania

    It’s pretty clear now that at just about every stop in Henry County, you will be able to buy liquor. What about groceries and retail goods? I just wish we had someone to put this big of a fight for something we really need and that is grocery stores and retail stores. You always say buy local, and I say, buy what?

  • Senate demands structural balance

    By Paul Hornback, Ky. Senator

    Addressing Kentucky’s underfunded pension systems was the top priority in the Senate’s version of House Bill (HB) 303, the state’s two-year budget, which passed the Kentucky Senate on March 23.

  • Legislators struggle to find common ground on budget

    At the end of a legislative session, months of preparation and weeks of debate give way to a handful of days where the General Assembly and governor decide what will become law and what will have to wait.

  • Downtowns can be the heart of a vibrant community

    The story of Norm’s Food World closing repeats a familiar theme communities all across the country have experienced.

    When I was growing up in Evansville, Ind., my mother used to shop at the Saveway. The proprietor was actually the father of my best friend in grade school.

    Mom went there to buy beef from the meat cutter and cold cuts and cheese from the deli. I would see my friend’s dad occasionally and wave to him.

  • Budget cuts reflect desire for fiscal responsibility

    By Paul Hornback, Ky. Senator

    After over two months of anticipation and debate, the Senate finally received the state budget bill from the House midway through the eleventh week of the 2016 Kentucky General Assembly. 

    Governor Bevin was elected in a landslide because the people of Kentucky recognized a need for financial change and fiscal responsibility. We think the upcoming budget will reflect those needs for the betterment of the Commonwealth.

  • Primary differences between versions of budget

    In one sense, Kentucky’s budget doesn’t change much from year to year.  A little more than half of every state dollar, for example, goes to our schools, colleges and universities.  Another fourth is dedicated to Medicaid and other health services, a little more than a tenth is spent on criminal justice and the final dime goes to everything else.

  • Bunnies don't lay eggs, or do they?

    As a child, Easter was a favorite holiday, behind Christmas and Halloween. Each came with copious amounts of candy, which my sweet tooth enjoyed immensely. At this time of year, I still indulge in at least one bag of jelly beans.

    I’ve never quite understood however, why we have an Easter bunny laying plastic eggs in straw baskets or scattering hard-boiled eggs across lawns for children to find.