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Today's Opinions

  • Lesser known measures also receive the attention of House and Senate

    Each legislative session, the public understandably focuses most of its attention on the biggest issues facing the General Assembly, which this year range from addressing a heroin epidemic to modernizing rules for the telecommunications industry.
    There are always other measures, however, that also deserve recognition because of the positive impact they will have on the state. With the House and Senate returning to the Capitol early this week for the session’s final two days, it is worth noting many of those bills that are set to become law.

  • Hope to share

    Although grace is free, hope recently cost me $8 on Etsy, the Website where people sell their handiwork.
    For $8 I bought a wire bracelet that forms the word “hope,” which I’ve been wearing all week.
    Lately, hope has been my thing. I was talking with a tattoo artist for a story I’m working on and told him if I ever got a tattoo it would be the word hope in simple script, lower-case lettering, written very small, with a period at the end. (hope.)

  • Civil protection orders broadened by HB 8

    While another round of record snow and cold kept the House and Senate from being able to meet for two days last week, both chambers nonetheless finished work on several notable bills and are poised to pass even more in the three days we meet this week.
    Although it has a couple of hurdles still to clear as of this writing, one of the legislative session’s most far-reaching initiatives appears destined to become law.

  • Despite weather, General Assembly still on schedule

    After a successful beginning to the week in the Senate, extreme weather conditions on Wednesday evening into Thursday prevented us from holding session on Thursday and Friday. The LRC offices were closed on Thursday, but were re-opened on Friday, so we held a caucus meeting to discuss some remaining issues facing the final days of the 2015 Session.

  • Loving/hating God’s rescue

    Here’s the dichotomy: One of the things I love most about God is also the thing I hate most.
    His help is always on time. Always. He is never, ever late. But he’s also rarely, if ever, early.
    And it makes me crazy. Grab the bottle of Xanax crazy.

  • Kentucky retired teachers call for passage of HB 4

    Editor:
    Members of the Kentucky Retired Teachers Association (KRTA) call on legislators to pass House Bill 4 to protect the financial security of some 141,000 Kentuckians. The measure will restore the financial integrity of the Kentucky Teachers’ Retirement System (KTRS) in a fiscally responsible manner that protects taxpayers, active and retired teachers.

  • Resident seeks help supporting HB 372 regarding coal ash buffer zones

    Editor:
    Attention Please!!!! I need your help!!
    My home and family farm, along with several residential properties, are in jeopardy of being invaded by a new coal ash landfill. The state regulations only protect adjacent property owners with a “buffer zone” of 100 feet at present time. These landfills have to be 250 feet from almost everything else, but humans residing in their homes and properties, again 100 foot from a residential property line, and YES, there is something very wrong with that!!

  • House forwards key bills to Senate

    Like most of the state, the Kentucky House of Representatives saw its schedule put on ice last week because of the snow and plunging temperatures.
    While the damage and outages did not cause the same level of devastation that Kentucky experienced in 2009, there has been one constant between now and then: The tireless work of our road crews, first responders, hospital and utility workers and those who have kept our local businesses open. I know many pitched in as well to donate food and clothing for those in need and to check on their neighbors and friends.