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Today's Opinions

  • The sad life of my great-grandfather: what one can find out through genealogy

    By ROBERT STEWART
    Special to The Trimble Banner
    After reviewing the genealogy records of my great-grandfather, (John Williamson Stewart, 1809-1885), I realize his life must have been quite sad.

  • Rand summarizes measures passed by General Assembly

    Legislative sessions tend to be remembered for just a handful of new laws, and this year’s, which ended April 15, is no different.
    The budget was understandably the most prominent, with its chief highlight being the significant amount of new money the General Assembly put toward the unfunded liabilities of our public retirement systems.

  • Senator Hornback's Frankfort report
  • Legislative session ends with pension agreement

    For more than a decade now, the most pressing long-term problem in Kentucky has been the growing liabilities of our public retirement systems for teachers and state employees.
    Both systems had far more than they needed a dozen or so years ago, but two recessions since then have swept most of those gains away.
    While the systems are able to pay monthly benefits, they are still having to sell assets, making it tougher for their other investments to compensate. This trend could be catastrophic in a decade or two if we don’t act now.

  • Burning precautions

    Burning precautions
    Dear Editor and Trimble County residents:
    As time to clean your yards up begins so does Fire Season in our area. Your local Fire Departments want to remind you of several KRS statutes that you must follow.
    Forest Fire Hazard Seasons – KRS 149.400. During fire seasons, it is illegal to burn anything within 150 feet of any woodland or brush land between the hours of 6 a.m. and 6 p.m.
    --Spring Forest Fire Hazard Season: Feb. 15 to April 30
    --Fall Forest Fire Hazard Season: Oct. 1 to Dec. 15

  • Home Sweet Home: No better place

    As a small child I remember sitting on my grandma’s lap and listening to her talk about traveling across the United States with my grandpa, on the back of a BMW motorcycle. She would describe the beautiful sights, flowers, mountains, cities and countryside. However, my grandmother always ended her stories with a statement I didn’t quite understand. “After all of those beautiful places and nice people, the best part of a vacation was arriving back home where the grass was a little greener, people sweeter and the winding river bordering the county.”

  • Legislature hopes to solve differences over state budget

    This week, the General Assembly returns to the Capitol for a single day to wrap up the 2016 legislative session.
    While this time traditionally has been set aside just to consider whether the House and Senate should override any vetoes a governor might issue, we have begun in recent years to also use this time to vote on other bills that were unresolved before the veto recess. This year, the biggest of those is the state’s two-year budget.

  • Local Planning Committee review

    Dear Readers,