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Today's Opinions

  • Open letter from Judge Goodwin

    Editor:
    My name is Doreen S. Goodwin and I am running to keep my position as Family Court Judge for Oldham, Henry, and Trimble Counties. Recently, one of my opponents filed a complaint against me with the Kentucky Judicial Campaign Conduct Committee for use of the phrase “Governor’s Choice” in my campaign materials, alleging the use of these words is misleading to the public. I wish to take this opportunity to clarify my use of this phrase and explain my intent to the voters in my use of these words. I apologize for any confusion. The truth is as follows.

  • Fall festival season underway across the Commonwealth

    If there is one theme binding the numerous festivals that take place across the commonwealth each year, it’s that if we raise it, grow it or use a lot of it, there’s almost certainly a community that celebrates it.
    Most of these festivals take place over a 10-week period that begins in late August and runs through Halloween, and food is often the focal point. During that time, you can find events dedicated to apples, chicken, country ham, sorghum, bourbon, honey, barbecue and even salt.

  • Resident offers thoughts on proposed LG&E coal ash landfill

    Editor and Citizens of Trimble County:
    RE: Permit No. 112-00008
    LG&E professes to be a good neighbor, but their only motive is PROFIT. They pay relatively little in taxes and only employ a handful of Trimble County residents.
    In return, they want to pollute our air, land and water along with damaging our roads. The new ash disposal site will do all of these. Then, in 25 years when they are done, they will leave us with their poisons.

  • First Responders Day commemorates sacrifices of 9/11

    On Sunday morning, our nation will pause to remember and reflect upon the tragedy known primarily by its date: 9/11.
    Those of us old enough to remember that Tuesday in 2001 will never forget where we were and what we were doing when we heard the news. It had the same impact as such other pivotal moments in history, from the attack on Pearl Harbor and President Kennedy’s assassination to Neil Armstrong’s walking on the moon.

  • Scenarios envisioned if the school nickel tax vote is successful in Nov.

    Dear Readers,
    In the past week I have continued to hear of questions regarding the Nickel tax and urgent needs funding. It is my goal to answer those questions in this week’s article. The questions asked are:
    •What if the nickel tax does not pass? What are the consequences?
    •What if the tax passes but the legislature does not give Trimble any urgent needs funds?
    •What is the cost to the citizens of Trimble County should the nickel tax pass?
    •Why should renters care?

  • Kentucky should add scholarship tax credits to its back-to-school list

    By Charles H. Leis
    As students across Kentucky begin a new school year, many cannot wait to see their friends and reunite with their favorite teachers. Some are excited to continue learning in the classroom. In some cases, however, students are returning to an education that is not working for them or their families.
    Each student has an education situation unique to themselves. As it stands, our education system leaves some students behind. Our current system can lock students into a school that does not match up with the type of education they want or need.

  • Labor Day: A time to celebrate jobs in the Commonwealth

    At their core, the major American holidays are bound by a common thread: They remind us of who we are and what we stand for, each and every year.
    While the Fourth of July celebrates our founding and freedom, Memorial Day and Veterans Day call on us never to forget the high price paid for those enduring gifts. Thanksgiving gives us a moment among loved ones to appreciate the many good things in our lives, and on Labor Day, which arrives this weekend, we pay tribute to the hard work that made our nation what it is today.

  • Special education has come a long way since the ‘70s

    By Rick Rand

    Before the mid-1970s, special education in our country’s public schools was all but non-existent.  Many students were either outright denied the opportunity to attend because of their disability, or they received inferior instruction if they were able to enroll.

    That, thankfully, began to change in 1975, when Congress passed the Education for All Handicapped Children Act and required each state to provide appropriate services in this critical area.