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Columns and Editorials

  • County and state road update

    By John Logan Brent
    County Judge-Executive
    Our office has taken more calls about roads in the last six months than in any other full year I can remember. This stands to reason since there are many roads in need of attention. The causes for these worsening road conditions are numerous: heavy rains and floods are more frequent, the volume of heavy truck traffic and traffic in general is increasing, and gas taxes are down while costs of maintenance are rising. The state gas tax that funds road maintenance is down 4 cents a gallon or 13% from 2013.

  • One editor’s effort to ask a question and remain fair

    One of my best friends from youth recently posted on social media a link to a write up entitled “Death: Reality vs. Reported,” which is a critique of how the news industry decides what to focus on and publish. And perhaps depending on your point of view, the critique does not seem like a favorable one on its face.

  • Sundays remind us of God's loving care
  • A sure bet for Derby or anytime you need a treat

    When I get asked where I grew up and answer Campbellsville, very few people know where it is right off. Unless they’ve visited Green River Lake, know someone that attended Campbellsville University or track Amazon packages through the distribution centers, most don’t really know the exact location. Often they wrongly assume it’s in Campbell County.
    I’ve found the best way to tell people about my hometown, actually located in Taylor County, is to tell them it’s 25 miles from Maker’s Mark. Everyone is familiar with Maker’s Mark bourbon and its famous red wax.

  • Our latest family member crept up to our front door

    Beth and I didn’t have to go looking for the latest stray we took in, a contrast to our combination hound/terrier, whom we adopted from the Humane Society. She just suspiciously showed up one evening.

  • What does Labor Day mean for working Kentuckians?

     Labor Day is a day off for many workers. But what is Labor Day, and what does it really mean for America’s workforce? 

  • Huge cuts could result if retirement systems aren’t fixed

    Bringing about a flurry of facts and a storm of misconceptions, Kentucky’s pension crisis has become one of the most dominating news stories in recent months. 

    One thing is for certain: if our state pensions are not addressed in the very near future, we will face huge cuts in state funding. 

    Education, Medicaid and other government services would likely be affected — a risk our state is not in a position to take.

  • Republican leaders call for pensions solution

    Kentucky’s pension systems are in critical condition. While certain state retirement plans are arguably in “better shape” than others are, every system is severely underfunded and rapidly spiraling downward towards a single outcome: no more money to pay Kentucky’s retirees.

    Understandably, retirees and those nearing retirement are concerned. Over the past 10 years, Kentucky’s pension systems have lost more than $7 billion in value. 

  • Honoring firefighters for their willingness to serve

    There’s lots going on in Henry County, but I wanted to take a few moments to talk about the sacrifices that volunteer firefighters make for their communities.

    I didn’t know Campbellsburg Fire Department volunteer Thomas P. McBride, so I’m poorly qualified to discuss his life.

  • Reckoning with addiction: COMPASS leads to help

    By John Inscore Essick

    Port Royal Baptist Church

    If you drop by the COMPASS offices at 125 Park Road in New Castle during business hours, you will be greeted by friendly faces and welcoming smiles.  

    When I visited Joan Miles and Stephanie Sharp Cravens on a sunny August afternoon recently, their offices were bathed in the kind of natural light that invites conversation and sharing.