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Today's Opinions

  • Education initiative reviewed

    It has been a little more than 15 years since the General Assembly revamped Kentucky’s postsecondary system and set a series of far-reaching goals to reach by the year 2020.

    If that seemed a long time down the road in 1997, it doesn’t seem too far now. The good news is that, in many ways, we’re well within reach of what we had hoped to achieve. We got the latest update last month, when the Council on Postsecondary Education presented a comprehensive snapshot of our progress in recent years.

  • Readers’ assistance sought in providing news tips, photos

    We at The Trimble Banner do our best to keep up with all the newsworthy activities and events that involve our neighbors and friends here in Trimble County. However, due to limited staff resources we cannot be at every event.

    We have a number of folks who are kind enough to provide photos and news stories and tips. I especially want to salute my photographer friends Teresa Tebib, Jim Pirtle and Todd Pollock who frequently contribute their work to the cause.

  • Reader questions removal of shade trees from courthouse lawn

    Editor:

    I am gravely confused and dismayed regarding the beautiful trees that are now missing from our courthouse square. What in the world happened? Where did they go? And more importantly, why?  Who in the world authorized such destruction? 

  • KSP crime report analyzed

    Earlier this month, and continuing a trend dating back to the late 1980s, the Kentucky State Police issued its annual report on crime in Kentucky, giving us a much clearer picture of the impact these actions have had on our citizens.

    In one sense, the numbers from 2011 are positive when compared to earlier crime reports. When measured against 1995, there were 50 fewer homicides, 6,000 fewer burglaries and almost 5,000 fewer DUIs last year even in the face of population gains, while auto thefts and robberies were almost half of what they had been.

  • Get involved in your government: Vote

    There are many ways in which local citizens can participate in government. Becoming a candidate for political office or attending meetings to understand the political process and expressing your opinions are among these. One of the basic ways to participate in government is by voting. When we vote, we help determine who will lead our nation, state, county and local governments. Voting gives us each a say in who will make our laws and protect our freedoms.

  • Kentucky’s birthday unnoticed

    There wasn’t a birthday cake or a lot of fanfare, but Kentucky hit a major milestone earlier this summer when it celebrated its 220th birthday.

    Over the years, the commonwealth has been blessed to have quite a few of its citizens make a sizeable mark on the country and even the world.  Daniel Boone, President Abraham Lincoln and Henry Clay are arguably the most famous, and others readily known include Colonel Sanders, the Clooney family and Muhammad Ali.

  • Legislative committees active

    This has been a full week in Frankfort. I had three major meetings with the Transportation Committee that I chair, the Joint Committee on Labor and Industry, and the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Tourism.

  • Attitudes to accomplish your goals