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Today's Opinions

  • Back in session: Legislature returns to the Capitol

    With not one but possibly three major items on our agenda, and dozens of other issues competing for attention as well, the General Assembly returned to the Capitol early this week to kick off another legislative session.

  • The first page of a new chapter

    If you told me when I graduated college in the spring of 2015 that I’d be sitting here as the editor of my hometown paper, I would’ve called you crazy. Yet, here I am writing this from the managing editor’s desk.

  • Looking Back | Jan. 4, 2018

    Jan. 7, 1988 (30 years ago)

    Cold weather sent skiers heading for General Butler State Park as the five trails were rated in “excellent condition.” Ski Butler, operated by Paoli Peaks in Indiana, received a $750,000 loan from the state and a renegotiated lease after a mild season in 1986-87 caused the facility to nearly fold. Ski rentals cost $9-11 and park passes ranged from $5 to $18 for adults.

  • Heading to the dock

    My good friend, the late boat racing legend “Wild Bill” Cantrell once related to me how in 1967 at the age of 59 he knew when the time had come to hang up his racing helmet and head for the dock.

  • Rand reviews developments of legislative interim

    As the General Assembly readies for a return to the Capitol on January 2nd to start another legislative session, it is worth taking a look back on what has happened since the last one ended in late March.

    This period is known as the interim, and it gives my fellow legislators and me, plus constituents like you, a less-pressured environment to review issues affecting Kentucky so we’re better prepared when it is time to consider bills and take votes. These meetings generally start in June and run through the first half of December.

  • Legislature gears up for 2018 session

    The season of frigid nights, warm gatherings, and good cheer is upon us as we prepare for 2018. This year was a whirlwind in the General Assembly as we passed historic legislation in the 2017 Session, held insightful policy discussions across the Commonwealth during the Interim, and analyzed proposed pension reform.

  • Looking Back | Dec. 28, 2017

    Dec. 31, 1987 (30 Years Ago)

  • Health report shows mixed reviews for Kentucky

    For nearly 30 years now, the United Health Foundation has taken an in-depth look at our country’s collective health to see how each state stacks up. The most recent report, which came out earlier this month, has mixed news for us.

    While our overall ranking was low, at 42nd, that’s up three spots from last year. Only two states, Florida and Utah, made a bigger year-over-year jump.