Today's Opinions

  • Looking Back and Do You Remember | April 5, 2018

    April 7, 1988 | 30 years ago

    Trimble County Water District commissioners voted to use available funds, contingent on FmHA financing, to begin the Phase III extensions and improvements to the water system. The project would provide a second well supply with a short transmission main and two distribution mains to serve 60 families. Proposed additions included Barebone Road all the way to Wises Landing and Smith Lane. The total cost was estimated at $437,000.

  • Looking Back and Do You Remember? | March 29, 2018

    March 31, 1988 (30 years ago)

    Family, fans and friends gathered as Heath Taylor signed a letter of intent to play basketball for Brescia College. Brescia was Taylor’s only school preference that wasn’t considered a Division I school. Taylor said he liked Brescia’s coach Alan Walter and the atmosphere of Owensboro, where the college is located.

  • Budget differences still need work in the homestretch

    The General Assembly’s top priority this legislative session – adopting a two-year budget to run state government – entered its final stages late last week, when House and Senate leaders sat down Friday morning to begin looking for common ground that both chambers could support.

    While there are a lot of similarities between the two spending plans, there are still some considerable differences.

  • State Senate passes its version of budget

    Rapidly nearing the last days of the 2018 Regular Session, the Senate passed our version of the state budget that contained no new taxes during the 12th week. The Executive Branch Budget, contained in House Bill 200, put an emphasis on public safety by investing in law enforcement, the state crime lab, frontline social workers, and foster and adoption services.

  • Get out of KentuckyWired deal

    There are few ideas worse than governments getting into the internet business. Doing so is a certain path to financial disaster, as cities like Burlington, Vt., Provo, Utah, Bristol, Va., Monticello, Minn., among many others, have learned the hard way. Kentucky now appears next to be added to an already long list of spectacular financial failures with its ill-conceived “KentuckyWired” program.

  • Editorial: 1st Amendment protects student speech

    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances. - The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

  • Hard work shouldn't be overshadowed

    Since each has generated countless news stories and social media posts, it’s certainly understandable if the public thinks this year’s legislative session is just about the state budget and possible reforms of our public retirement systems.

    While the fate of those bills is what will ultimately be remembered most from the General Assembly’s time in the Capitol this year, that shouldn’t overshadow the many other issues that the House and Senate are also considering. They may not be as far-reaching, but they will have an impact just the same.

  • Senate bill provides bicyclists extra protection

    As we draw closer to the end of the 2018 Regular Session, there has been no shortage of movement on significant bills in Frankfort this week. The Senate Appropriations and Revenue Committee has spent several days and some late nights working on the Senate’s budget proposal, which we expect to go before the committee early next week.