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Today's Opinions

  • This is your life

    By MICHAEL JINKINS
    Special to The Trimble Banner
    I suppose you’d have to be at least as old as I am to remember the television program, “This is Your Life,” in which a person was presented with several surprise guests, people from the person’s past who had been important in their lives, often decades earlier. For some reason the phrase “this is your life” came back to me recently as I was sitting in the lobby of a hotel in Atlanta waiting for the final session of the conference I was attending.

  • Leaders must continue focus on Kentucky’s growing drug epidemic

    By ANDY BESHEAR
    Kentucky Attorney General
    “The single greatest threat to Kentucky is our drug epidemic.
    The crisis is killing our family and friends – it is the main source of crime in our communities and it is preventing job and economic growth. This is the crisis of our times, and we must find new ways to stop drug dealers and help those addicted recover.
    With the rapid rise of stronger, more powerful drugs like heroin, fentanyl and carfentanil, the opioid epidemic is killing more and more Kentuckians.

  • Growing population growing older in Kentucky

    The U.S. population is growing faster than a blade of bluegrass in spring. But a larger population will not necessarily mean a younger population, for either our country or the Bluegrass State.
    The less-than-robust birth rate nationally and here in Kentucky over the past decade means that the largest population growth -- at least over the next few decades -- will be among the baby boomers (those born between 1946 and 1964), which means most population growth will be among older and the oldest Americans, demographers say.

  • Senator wraps up final week of session

    Long nights, intense debate, and media attention from across the globe wrapped up what started as a quiet final week of the 2017 Session of the Kentucky General Assembly. Minutes before the Senate gaveled out for good, Governor Matt Bevin called this session the most productive in history.  It was truly an honor to work alongside the governor with the new House Majority to pass many great initiatives for our commonwealth.

  • Rep. Rand lists summaries of approved bills

    It’s been good to be back among the people of the 47th House District since the adjournment of the 2017 session of the Kentucky General Assembly on March 30.  I’ve enjoyed talking to so many of you about the many issues we faced and the final decisions that were made, some with my support and some without.

  • Donations welcome for Project Prom

    Editor:
    Project Prom began in the late and has been successful for years as it offers a fun and exciting way to celebrate a substance-free prom night for our juniors, seniors and their guests. There has been a great sense of pride and community involvement in the planning and implementation of this rite of passage for Trimble County students. The buy-in from the entire community is astounding!

  • Historical society sends appreciation for turnout at 180 event

    Editor:
    We didn’t gather around the cake and blow out candles nor did we sing “Happy Birthday” but there were some who hummed as they viewed displays of Trimble County’s 180 years.
    Trimble County was formed by an act of the Commonwealth of Kentucky General Assembly in 1836 out of sections of Oldham, Henry and Gallatin counties. The county government was formally organized on March 27, 1837 and began on the first day of April of that year. The first meeting was held in the Bedford Methodist Church.

  • 2017 session was busy: 793 bills introduced

    The 2017 session of the Kentucky General Assembly is now history and with its conclusion comes the consideration of what was accomplished — both good and bad — and how the adoption of these policies will play out for the future of the Commonwealth.