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Today's Opinions

  • State House reviews Bevin’s budget

    The biggest responsibility the governor and the General Assembly have during legislative sessions in even-numbered years is enacting a budget to run state government. It sets our priorities in a way no other law can.
    The budget process actually began months ago, when agencies compiled their projected needs while the state’s economists, known as the Consensus Forecasting Group, determined exactly how much the state could appropriate.

  • Senate passes several priority pieces of legislation

    Week four of the Kentucky General Assembly marked a momentous occasion for our state. Governor Matt Bevin gave his first State of the Commonwealth Budget Address, laying out a plan that will guide Kentucky out of the financial mire that has lingered for the past eight years.

  • Miracle addresses criticism

    Dear Readers,

  • Are attitudes changing toward abortion issue?

    By Rick Nelson
    Last week started out with many commemorating the work of Dr.  Martin Luther King Jr.  It ended Friday with people marching and assembling in cities (not hit by the wintery blast) to uphold human dignity of a different kind. While King was the face of the civil rights movement, it is unlikely the pro-life movement will ever have a single representative, but if they do, it will probably be the face of an anonymous woman who’s had an abortion.

  • Stepping towards grace

    Since my friend Mike has been sober, he’s taken me to one of his AA meetings every so often.
    I don’t struggle with alcohol, but I have my own compulsions and obsessions.
    It’s my opinion that every one of us is addicted to something and that those somethings can and do change, sometimes daily.

  • Senate’s short week ‘significant’

    Although week three of the General Assembly was short due to the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday and the inclement weather Friday, the Kentucky Senate passed significant bills and welcomed visitors who braved the snow in Frankfort.
    On Tuesday we passed two of our priority bills: Senate Bill (SB) 4 and SB 10. SB 4 would require those seeking an abortion to have a face-to-face, in-person counseling session with a physician 24 hours prior to the procedure. This effort to promote the rights of the unborn passed with bipartisan support.

  • Several bills move forward despite short work week

    With the General Assembly off on Monday for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday and on Friday because of the snow, last week was an especially short one for legislators.
    A reduced schedule didn’t keep the House from moving several bills forward, however.
    On Wednesday, for example, the chamber’s Judiciary Committee put its support behind House Bill 229, which would give the Attorney General’s office jurisdiction to pursue and prosecute human trafficking cases. 

  • Signature staff member invites public to visit

    Editor:
    In a recent edition of the Trimble Banner, there was a full page ad from some out-of-town law firm targeting our nursing home here in Bedford, KY. As the full-time chaplain at Signature HealthCare of Trimble County, I witnessed several heartbreaking reactions from our residents (who we call neighbors) when they saw the ad that morning. One neighbor’s reaction stands out in particular. Ms. Gladys Penick with a distraught look on her face asked, “Why would they do that? I’ve been here two years, and everything has been great.”