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Today's Opinions

  • Looking Back and Do You Remember | April 12, 2018

    April 14, 1988 | 30 years ago

    High winds toppled trees across highways and county roads, partially destroyed a machine shed and even flipped a mobile home on its side off Palmyra Road. No injuries were sustained during the storms. The Banner notes that most residents suffered a sleepless night.

  • Senate bill was wrong way to enact pension reforms

    Of all the facts and figures surrounding the public-pension debate, two speak volumes about what happened last Thursday at the Capitol: nine and 291.

    The first is about how many hours it took for House and Senate leaders to publicly unveil their plan to reform the state’s public retirement systems and then steamroll it through both chambers. The second, meanwhile, is the number of pages other legislators and I were somehow expected to read and understand before voting in that short timeframe.

  • Senate passes public pension reform

    The 2018 Session is quickly winding down as Thursday, March 29, marked Day 57 of the 60-day budget session. Budget negotiations are continuing with positive results and the Senate gaveled in for two days to pass a number of bills including some aimed at helping our first responders and their families. Although the amount of days left is shortening, the days in the Capitol are getting longer as we prepare to pass the Commonwealth’s two-year budget.

  • Looking Back and Do You Remember | April 5, 2018

    April 7, 1988 | 30 years ago

    Trimble County Water District commissioners voted to use available funds, contingent on FmHA financing, to begin the Phase III extensions and improvements to the water system. The project would provide a second well supply with a short transmission main and two distribution mains to serve 60 families. Proposed additions included Barebone Road all the way to Wises Landing and Smith Lane. The total cost was estimated at $437,000.

  • Looking Back and Do You Remember? | March 29, 2018

    March 31, 1988 (30 years ago)

    Family, fans and friends gathered as Heath Taylor signed a letter of intent to play basketball for Brescia College. Brescia was Taylor’s only school preference that wasn’t considered a Division I school. Taylor said he liked Brescia’s coach Alan Walter and the atmosphere of Owensboro, where the college is located.

  • Budget differences still need work in the homestretch

    The General Assembly’s top priority this legislative session – adopting a two-year budget to run state government – entered its final stages late last week, when House and Senate leaders sat down Friday morning to begin looking for common ground that both chambers could support.

    While there are a lot of similarities between the two spending plans, there are still some considerable differences.

  • State Senate passes its version of budget

    Rapidly nearing the last days of the 2018 Regular Session, the Senate passed our version of the state budget that contained no new taxes during the 12th week. The Executive Branch Budget, contained in House Bill 200, put an emphasis on public safety by investing in law enforcement, the state crime lab, frontline social workers, and foster and adoption services.

  • Get out of KentuckyWired deal

    There are few ideas worse than governments getting into the internet business. Doing so is a certain path to financial disaster, as cities like Burlington, Vt., Provo, Utah, Bristol, Va., Monticello, Minn., among many others, have learned the hard way. Kentucky now appears next to be added to an already long list of spectacular financial failures with its ill-conceived “KentuckyWired” program.