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Opinion

  • The Eighth Commandment may call on us not to steal, but the unfortunate reality is that there have always been those who don’t hesitate to rob others. In today’s electronic age, when the thief doesn’t even have to be in the same country as his victim to commit a crime, that has become easier than ever.

  • June 16, 1988 (30 years ago)

    Jim and Jo Ann Markham started “The Plantings” interdenominational retreat center off Barebone Road. The couple said they wanted to provide a serene place for family members to deal with small problems before those problems grow more severe. The couple was seeking help with physical labor at the 81-acre site.

    Singh Point won the third race at River Downs on June 11. Gus and Beth Wagner, Mrs. Thoke and Liz Carbine, all of Bedford, owned the horse. He returned to Thoke’s farm in Bedford for a week of rest.

  • While much of the public’s interest in the General Assembly’s work is understandably focused on the first few months of the year, when new laws are adopted, most of the remaining weeks on the calendar play an important role as well in the legislative process.

  • June 9, 1988 (30 years ago)

    The U.S. Army Reserve Center at Bowman Field in Louisville was renamed for Maj. Gen. Benjamin Butler, a Louisville resident formerly of Trimble County. The 70-year-old was commander twice of the division, which had nearly 4,000 members across the state. Petitioners to rename the building sought help from Sen. Mitch McConnell and Rep. Romano Mazzoli after the initial request was turned down by Pentagon officials, citing that regulations usually called for buildings to be named in memory of a deceased hero.

  • There likely won’t be any cake involved, but on Friday this week, our commonwealth will celebrate its 226th birthday.

    We were the 15th state to join the Union, arriving about four-and-a-half years after the first – Delaware – and four years before the 16th, which was Tennessee.

    It’s no overstatement to say we’ve seen a lot of history over the years. We have 30 National Historic Landmarks, for example, and those range from Churchill Downs and the Old State Capitol to battlefields in Perryville and Mill Springs.

  • June 2, 1988 (30 years ago)

    The Country Store purchased the former Jay’s Market building on Main Street. Owner James “Eck” McCane said he hopes to provide a full line of groceries to better serve the community. Employees had three days to get the building ready and move all of the stock from the store’s building on West Street.

    Joe K. Ginn, a Trimble County resident, was named supervisor of the month in March at the Kentucky State Reformatory.

  • On Monday, our nation will follow a tradition dating back more than 150 years as we pay tribute to those who gave their lives protecting our nation.

    There are more than 1.2 million names on that list, about half of which were added during the four years of the Civil War.

  • BY GOV. MATT BEVIN

    “We are Kentucky!” This is more than just a simple catch phrase. From our cities to our rural communities, the commonwealth’s greatest assets are our people.

  • May 26, 1988 (30 years ago)

    The county budget was under discussion as magistrates questioned a 4.4 percent raise for all county employees and elected officials. Magistrates said they felt elected officials should be excluded, while Judge-Executive Jack Couch explained the appropriation was in response to the cost of living index for the year. Couch also said that appropriation was included in the budget so if raises were merited, the county could do so without having to amend the budget at a later date.

  • Last week, state tourism leaders unveiled the latest annual study on the positive impact this industry has in Kentucky. In a word, the news was good.

    Overall, tourism generated more than $15 billion in direct and indirect sales in 2017, with the direct sales portion increasing by almost four percent over 2016’s total. Tourism supported more than 195,000 jobs and provided a little more than $1.5 billion in state and local tax revenue.

  • May 19, 1988 | (30 years ago)

    Twenty-seven people died in a bus crash May 14 six miles south of Carrollton on I-71. A drunken driver going north in the southbound lanes hit the bus. The impact punctured the bus’ fuel tank and ignited a fire. The group on the bus was from the Radcliff First Assembly of God. They were returning from a trip to King’s Island.

  • In the early 1940s, a teacher in Arkansas decided that her profession deserved more recognition, so she gave herself an assignment: She wrote a letter to every governor and numerous other political and educational leaders, asking for their help.

    One of Mattie Whyte Woodridge’s letters eventually came to the attention of Eleanor Roosevelt, the former First Lady who not only agreed, but actually petitioned Congress to consider setting aside a day to honor those who teach.

  • May 12, 1988

    (30 years ago)

    “The Best of Kentucky” was announced as the 1988 Trimble County Fair Theme. Carrie Rector, a Milton Elementary fifth-grader, won a $50 savings bond for coming up with the theme. Dates for the fair were June 14-18 at the Trimble County High School.

  • In one sense, Kentucky’s economy personifies the classic question that has long divided optimists and pessimists: Is our glass half full, or half empty?

    On the bright side, we’ve placed first or second among the states for the past four years when counting the per-capita number of large economic-development announcements. Site Selection magazine compiles the rankings, which look at projects that meet or exceed at least one of three criteria: $1 million in capital investment, 20 new jobs or 20,000 square feet of new floor space.

  • May 5, 1988 (30 years ago)

    The Trimble County Fiscal Court awarded its bid for establishing a cable television franchise to Centel. The company offered 4.5 percent in gross revenue returns to the county and guaranteed service to 555 homes, in areas with at least 13 homes per mile. Customers could have service as early as the end of August.

  • As legislators were debating Friday night whether to give final approval to a major revenue bill, someone brought up the old joke about how most of us would prefer to fund government: Don’t tax you, don’t tax me; tax that fellow behind the tree.

  • This time of year, Americans are taking part in an annual headache-inducing ritual: filing their income tax returns. Most of us dread completing this complicated paperwork and writing a check to the IRS each year, particularly under the current arcane federal tax system. Thankfully, as a result of the historic overhaul of the federal tax code, this is the last time that you will have to file under the outdated and expensive system that has held our country back for far too long.

  • April 21, 1988 (30 years ago)

    Trimble County recorded the lowest unemployment rate in all of Kentucky’s counties at 3.9 percent. However, local officials and University of Kentucky agricultural economists disputed the number. The economists cited problems with the way the Bureau of Labor Statistics measures the rate results in statistics lower than true unemployment.

  • I’ve kept in contact with some very good friends at my alma mater, Eastern Kentucky University. Some friends have gone back after completing a degree to serve there and influence the next generation’s experience while others complete graduate degrees to enhance their post-college prospects. Although I couldn’t be on campus with them, I recently watched from afar at the prospect of cutting the budget...again, the third time in five years.