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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Despite weather Senate meets to pass seven bills

    Despite the bitter cold and record-breaking snowfall throughout the Commonwealth, the Senate convened Thursday and Friday to do the people’s work. With the session nearing the halfway point, Thursday and Friday were active days on the Senate floor.
    Bills were heard on the floor that ranged from health care issues, freedom of expression, agriculture, and the towing industry. In all, seven bills were passed to start the short legislative week.

  • If the prodigal were a daughter

    A few years ago, the late Janice Chaffee wrote the book, “If the Prodigal Were A Daughter.”
    In it, she took several parables of Jesus and rewrote them, making women the main characters in 21st-century settings.
    My favorite story is her take of the parable of the prodigal son in Luke 15. She called it “Solana: A Loved Daughter.”

  • Dozen major issues to be considered

    If the end of a legislative session is about what laws the General Assembly can pass, the beginning is about what the House and Senate hope will be on that list.
    It’s not a small number this year, with about a dozen major topics expected to be considered by both chambers and many others also vying for passage. Making that process difficult is the fact that there are only 30 working days and the first four were dedicated last month to electing leadership and establishing committees for the next two years.