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Opinion

  • 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.

  • The common thread binding all good legislation is that, by the time the actual vote arrives, the outcome is all but a foregone conclusion.

    It takes a lot of effort to get to that point, of course. Stakeholders need to be included early on, because they are the ones who will be most affected by any change, and the public must have the chance to weigh in as well. It’s a process that can take months, but when it works, the positive impact is measured in years.

  • April 14, 1988 | 30 years ago

    High winds toppled trees across highways and county roads, partially destroyed a machine shed and even flipped a mobile home on its side off Palmyra Road. No injuries were sustained during the storms. The Banner notes that most residents suffered a sleepless night.

  • Of all the facts and figures surrounding the public-pension debate, two speak volumes about what happened last Thursday at the Capitol: nine and 291.

    The first is about how many hours it took for House and Senate leaders to publicly unveil their plan to reform the state’s public retirement systems and then steamroll it through both chambers. The second, meanwhile, is the number of pages other legislators and I were somehow expected to read and understand before voting in that short timeframe.

  • The 2018 Session is quickly winding down as Thursday, March 29, marked Day 57 of the 60-day budget session. Budget negotiations are continuing with positive results and the Senate gaveled in for two days to pass a number of bills including some aimed at helping our first responders and their families. Although the amount of days left is shortening, the days in the Capitol are getting longer as we prepare to pass the Commonwealth’s two-year budget.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.