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Today's Opinions

  • Looking Back and Do You Remember? | Feb. 22, 2018

    Feb. 25, 1988 (30 years ago)

    The Trimble County Historical Society worked on the publication of a yearbook that would have between 50 to 100 pages of historical articles and information and would be free to paid members of the society or available for $10 per copy. The society collected Bible records, Revolutionary War and Civil War pension applications, riverboat landings and more. Membership in the society at the time cost $10 per person or $15 per family.

  • Looking Back & Do You Remember | Feb. 15

    Feb. 18, 1988

    (30 years ago)

    The Trimble County Rescue Squad purchased the Jaws of Life. The equipment was bought with money borrowed from the bank and members planned to sell baked goods and take donations in order to pay off the purchase. “This is one of the best tools ever purchased,” said Sheriff Howard Long. “We’ve called Madison three different times last year. With these here, we won’t have to call them. It’s essential to have such a tool, it’s a tool that can save time and lives.”

  • Dissecting the budget

    As a bill, the state budget isn’t particularly long, but it’s not a quick read, either, with blocks of text periodically broken up by rows of numbers.

  • Protecting students in the Commonwealth

    Last December, Bernie Sanders, a liberal Senator from Vermont, led every single Senate Democrat to impose an endowment tax of around $1 million per year on Berea College.

  • Reader reminisces about 'Coach'

    Editor’s Note: The Banner received an anonymous letter identifying the “Do You Remember” picture from the Dec. 21 issue. Here is the letter in its entirety:

    Your mystery photo of Dec. 21, 2017 has come to my attention.

    I immediately recognized the man we call “Coach,” Mr. Lee Peyton Jr. He taught in Trimble County back then. He and his family lived near Campbellsburg, Ky. He was a fine guy that has been deceased a few years. He bravely fought a cancer that he lost his life to.

  • House bills focus on drug education, financial literacy

    The one thing a legislative session guarantees is that no two days are alike. My House colleagues and I may spend an hour or more debating a bill that could have a profound impact on education or public safety, and then pivot to discuss another important to farming.

    Since some bills move through the committee system faster than others, their arrival before the full chamber is generally not coordinated. And yet, it is not uncommon for themes to emerge, as one did last week.

  • Bills for recognizing school bus drivers, seasonal labor laws, among others passing through Frankfort this week

    This week was the busiest yet in Frankfort with a number of bills moving through committees and on to the Senate and House floors for votes. We were also visited by a number of statewide advocacy groups that championed their great causes and rallied in the Capitol Rotunda. Between visiting constituents, committee meetings, and voting on the Senate floor, we continued to discuss the upcoming budget.

  • Looking Back & Do You Remember | Feb. 8, 2018

    Feb. 11, 1988 (30 years ago)

    The Trimble County plant for Louisville Gas and Electric was 50 percent complete, although the utility was fighting a battle to prove the plant’s future power would be enough for rate increases.