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Opinion

  • At the national level, name calling and threats against the noble pursuit of journalism have dominated the space for much of this year.

    The threat of tariffs enforced to benefit one lone employer helped throw a newsprint landscape already being decimated through the loss of print advertising into deeper chaos.

    And then there’s the rhetoric coming from the West Wing of the White House in Washington, D.C. “Enemies of the people,” the president has said repeatedly. The enemies he’s referring to? Media.

  • As students return to school, it is worth noting that some of Kentucky’s most successful academic programs have already wrapped up their work.

    Several of these got their start in the 1980s, and they have since given thousands of our brightest middle and high school students a chance to come together in a college setting during the summer and learn in ways that extend beyond the traditional classroom while giving the students an early taste of life after high school.

  • Does handing a diploma to a high school graduate mean that he or she is ready to succeed in the next phase of life? Does it even indicate that he or she is confident in reading and mathematics?

    Under Kentucky’s current graduation requirements, the answer is no, which is why I believe now is the time for us to make significant revisions to our requirements.

  • Aug. 18, 1988 (30 years ago)

    Judge-Executive Jack Couch was appointed to the state’s Waste Management Task Force. The task force, comprised of representatives of the waste industry, state departments, county judges association, chambers of commerce and other organizations, would advise the General Assembly on ways to protect health and welfare of Kentuckians and regulate waste without overregulating the industry.

  • When the announcement came Wednesday that Trimble County High School would not field a varsity football team, it was a sour pill to swallow.

    A beam of hope appeared though as students tried to rally the troops and muster an effort to remain on the gridiron, but by Monday afternoon, the fate of the Raiders had been decided. The season was over before it even began.

  • Regardless of the subject, it seems we always want to know how we stack up.

    It happens on the playing field and in places like the classroom. It also takes place among the states as they try to gain any kind of competitive edge.

    Each year, an annual publication known as “State Rankings” gives us a scorecard, so to speak, by compiling more than 500 lists that cover a variety of areas, from agriculture and education to health and the economy. This provides a much clearer picture of what appears to be working and where improvement may be needed.

  • Aug. 11, 1988

    (30 years ago)

    Trimble County Schools would be getting two new buses for the upcoming school year, although they would need fitted with new pop-out windows, recommendations adopted by the State Board of Education after the May 14 Carrollton bus crash.

  • Aug. 4, 1988 (30 years ago)

    Plaintiffs in the case against the city of Milton’s demand that non-residents must hook up to a recently-constructed sewer line filed an appeal to the Kentucky Court of Appeals. Perry Arnold, representing the plaintiffs, said they were not satisfied that the judgment by Trimble Circuit Judge Dennis Fritz was fair. He said cases take as long as a year or year and a half to go before the appeals court.

  • One of the most difficult challenges fighting the war against illegal drug use is that when we begin making progress on one front, the battlefield invariably changes.

    We’ve seen that happen time and again over the past two decades. Those “fronts” have ranged from meth and synthetic drugs to heroin and abuse of prescription medicine.

    According to the annual report the state’s Office of Drug Control Policy released last week, another name, perhaps unfamiliar to many, is overtaking them all: fentanyl.

  • Late last Thursday, nearly 400,000 Kentuckians who have health insurance through the Medicaid expansion program got some welcome news when Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration announced it was restoring their dental and vision benefits, which had been removed without notice at the start of this month.

  • July 28, 1988 (30 years ago)

  • This year’s legislative session may have seemed like it was just about public-pension reform and budget-related matters, but the General Assembly approved a considerable number of other laws as well. Since most take effect 90 days after the final gavel, barring an emergency or specific enactment date, that means nearly all of them became official this past Saturday.

  • July 21, 1988

    (30 years ago)

    Trimble County’s Jeanette McCreary was crowned Miss Shelby RECC over 19 candidates from three counties. She also received a $1,000 scholarship for earning the title.

  • Firefighters, EMS lend a hand to help 4-H campers

    I just returned from 4-H camp. We went from 7/9 to 7/13. The pool was down but our wonderful firefighters and the equally awesome EMS staff took their day off and brought down two water bouncy houses so that the kids could have some fun water activities. They did this without pay or charge of any kind. I just wanted to let people know how much the kids enjoyed themselves on them.

    Mark W. Miller

    Letter to the editor policy

  • To get a better understanding of the size of Kentucky’s state budget, it may help to compare it to revenues earned by Fortune 500 companies. In that scenario, we’d be about 83rd this year, putting us ahead of Coca-Cola and American Express but a little behind Facebook and Best Buy.

  • In this issue of the Banner and last week, you’ve had the opportunity to meet four pastors who have accepted the call to become leaders of Trimble County’s spiritual community.

  • July 14, 1988 (30 years ago)

    A crowd of 1,400 to 1,500 people gathered at the Trimble County Park for Fourth of July festivities. Entertainment consisted of a 40-minute fireworks display, the Kentucky Drifters Cloggers and Patty and the Twilighters.

  • While the calendar tells us that summer technically began about two weeks ago, the truth is that it feels like the season is halfway over by the Fourth of July, since that is roughly the mid-point between school years.

    Our country’s “birthday,” of course, is one of the first history lessons our students learn. We declared our independence 242 years ago this week, when we formally decided we no longer thought of ourselves as 13 colonies but a nation in our own right.

  • Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are the values on which our great nation was founded. Written in the Declaration of Independence, these words ring true for all Americans and have held fast for more than two centuries. Ratified on July 4, 1776, the Declaration has long been held in the hearts of the American people as a source of hope and inspiration to protect the freedoms we hold so dear.

  • July 7, 1988

    (30 years ago)