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Today's Opinions

  • Looking Back & Do You Remember | Feb. 8, 2018

    Feb. 11, 1988 (30 years ago)

    The Trimble County plant for Louisville Gas and Electric was 50 percent complete, although the utility was fighting a battle to prove the plant’s future power would be enough for rate increases.

  • House bills focus on drug education, financial literacy

    The one thing a legislative session guarantees is that no two days are alike. My House colleagues and I may spend an hour or more debating a bill that could have a profound impact on education or public safety, and then pivot to discuss another important to farming.

    Since some bills move through the committee system faster than others, their arrival before the full chamber is generally not coordinated. And yet, it is not uncommon for themes to emerge, as one did last week.

  • Bills for recognizing school bus drivers, seasonal labor laws, among others passing through Frankfort this week

    This week was the busiest yet in Frankfort with a number of bills moving through committees and on to the Senate and House floors for votes. We were also visited by a number of statewide advocacy groups that championed their great causes and rallied in the Capitol Rotunda. Between visiting constituents, committee meetings, and voting on the Senate floor, we continued to discuss the upcoming budget.

  • Do you remember, Looking Back | Feb. 1, 2018

    Feb. 4, 1988 (30 years ago)

    More than 70 citizens packed the Trimble County courtroom to discuss concerns about Valley View Landfill accepting waste from as far away as New Jersey. Laidlaw Waste Systems, owners of the landfill, filed a request to expand the refuse site by 300 acres. The facility’s permit allowed 80 acres. Judge Jack Couch said although the community development committee was studying alternatives, there were no moves made to adopt an ordinance for planning and zoning in the county.

  • Do you remember, Looking Back | Feb. 1, 2018

    Feb. 4, 1988 (30 years ago)

    More than 70 citizens packed the Trimble County courtroom to discuss concerns about Valley View Landfill accepting waste from as far away as New Jersey. Laidlaw Waste Systems, owners of the landfill, filed a request to expand the refuse site by 300 acres. The facility’s permit allowed 80 acres. Judge Jack Couch said although the community development committee was studying alternatives, there were no moves made to adopt an ordinance for planning and zoning in the county.

  • House bill creates earmarked fund for drug settlements

    In ways large and small, illegal drug use touches all of us. It steals the future of those addicted, it tears at the lives of their loved ones, it fills our prisons beyond capacity, it strains local and state government budgets, it overwhelms first responders and substance-abuse treatment programs and it keeps businesses from finding the workers they need.

  • A nickel tax clarification

    The old adage goes, “The only two things certain in life are death and taxes.” Recently, I got a lesson on the tax-side of that saying.

    In the Jan. 11 edition of the Banner, Trimble County Schools Superintendent Steve Miracle wrote a column seeking opposing opinion to the nickel tax with a survey. In this article, he discussed how the nickel tax would apply in certain situations, such as farms, for example. He also provided his source information to the Banner.

  • Looking Back, Do You Remember | Jan. 25, 2018

    Jan. 28, 1988 (30 years ago)

    Tri-County Emergency Transport began operating two ambulances out of Pendleton for patients in Trimble, Henry and Oldham counties. Chuck Smith, president, Roger Taylor, vice president, and Scott Burrows, secretary/treasurer led the organization. Seven certified EMTs from Trimble County worked for the service, including the Burrows, Nina Thompson, Marsha Campbell, Linda Callis, Donnie Callis and Susan Brady.