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Today's Opinions

  • Response to Bob Cook’s accusations relating to building permits

    As your Judge-Executive, one issue that I have wrestled with is at what point do you publicly respond to mistruths, false accusations, rumors, etc. If you responded to every one of them you would spend all of your time writing letters to the paper and none of your time making sure the business of the county was getting done. Due to the practicality of writing responses it has been my policy to let most of it go, but occasionally you have something that gets blown so out of proportion that you have no choice but to sit down and try to address it the best you can.

  • Where’s the courtesy?

    Courtesy, Common Sense and Safety fly right out the window every school day morning in New Castle.  It’s a “me first” mentality out there, so we need to say extra prayers that we and our children will make it safely to our destinations.  We stop at school to unload our kids, and it doesn’t matter that kids are crossing in the crosswalk and unloading in the cars ahead of us —we’ve got to get past them, we’ve got to get to where we’re going fast! Me first! Zoom!

  • 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.