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Opinion

  • March 23, 1989

    (30 years ago)

    The dream of a trip to the state tournament ended for the Lady Raiders as the Oldham County Lady Colonels defeated Trimble 49-41 in the Eighth Region championship. Tiffany Long and Heather Higgins were named to the girls region all-tournament team. Long led the scoring with 11 points followed by Brandi Purvis with eight points, Rene Sweazy, Higgins and Jackie Couch with six points each and Shannon Taylor with four points.

  • No matter what happens when the General Assembly returns to the Capitol on Thursday, the first 29 days of this year’s 30-day legislative session have certainly been memorable. While I wish we could have done more in some areas – and much less in others – here’s a brief look at what is poised to become law, barring a veto by the governor.

    Most bills that clear the House and Senate fall into five broad categories: education; health and well-being; criminal justice; economic development; and tweaks to the way government is run.

  • For Kentucky’s nonprofits, the last year has not been an easy one. A ruling by the Kentucky Supreme Court last March – and a rushed overhaul of the state tax code less than a month later – left these critical organizations facing the last thing anyone wants: a much-larger tax bill.

    Our religious and civic organizations found themselves in this predicament through no fault of their own, and the cost hasn’t been small, either – about $30 million annually.

  • It just takes two words to sum up this year’s legislative session through the end of last week: “Stay tuned.”

    I say that because, with only four working days remaining, the General Assembly has a long list of bills still awaiting a final decision.

    I am no fan of this approach, because it makes it much more difficult for legislators, and especially the public, to keep track of and offer meaningful input on laws that would have an impact on Kentucky for years to come. We must re-commit ourselves to finding a better way.

  • The pace of activity inside the Capitol is picking up as we rapidly approach the end of the 153rd Regular Session. With only a few days left to pass bills, the Kentucky General Assembly has been working in overdrive to develop the best legislative policy for the Commonwealth.

    Many big issues have been addressed in this 30-day short session. This was one of our busiest weeks yet, as bills concerning abortion, medical marijuana, and education had Frankfort buzzing with visitors who attended rallies and committee meetings.

  • 30 YEARS AGO

    March 9, 1989

    Geraldine Kidwell wrote a how-to book for gum paste figures and fashions with numerous diagrams and pictures after building a full-time business with cake decorating. She also had the distinction of Kentucky Colonel, was made an honorary captain of the Belle of Louisville for a confectionary replica of the boat, a member of the Kentucky Cake Club and a charter member of the International Cake Exploration Society.

  • Editor's Note: Because of a technical issue, the regular Looking Back column was omitted from the March 7 edition. Our hope is to run two weeks worth of the column in the next edition.

  • As we approach the latter days of the 2019 Regular Session, the Capitol remains as busy as ever. Countless visitors from across Kentucky advocated important issues in a week that had no shortage of legislative activity.

  • We may be in the final third of the 2019 legislative session, but the arrival of hundreds of teachers at the Capitol last Thursday made it feel like 2018 all over again.

    They came to Frankfort to oppose yet another unfair and unnecessary bill directly affecting the Kentucky Teachers Retirement System. Last year’s rallies were focused on current and future benefits, while this year’s is about the very governance of KTRS itself.

  • When deciding how to vote on legislation, I ask myself two simple questions: Does it help more than it hinders, and what do those directly affected think?

    I believe that’s good advice for any policy maker to follow, but if there’s one thing I’ve learned during my time in the Kentucky House, it’s that not everyone in the General Assembly answers these questions the same way. One of the best examples of that can be found in last year’s major tax overhaul.

  • We are halfway through the 2019 Regular Session, and the Senate is eager to continue making progress in these final weeks.

    The General Assembly did not convene on Monday in observation of Presidents Day. Before resuming legislative business on Tuesday, both the House and the Senate reconvened at the historic Old State Capitol in downtown Frankfort.

  • March 2, 1989

    (30 years ago)

    Barbara J. Melvin was appointed postmaster of the Bedford Post Office. Melvin, a native of Bedford and Trimble County High School graduate, began her postal career at the Bedford post office in July 1970.

  • Deep roots grow leaders. That’s how Kentucky’s agricultural community develops leaders for our future.

    “Deep roots grow leaders” is also the theme of this year’s Ag Tag campaign to raise funds to invest in organizations building the leaders of tomorrow.

  • Reviving the Trimble County Chamber of Commerce seems laudable at first.

    Any planning that could lead to enhanced lives in the county is an important activity. Important considerations now must look seriously at what are really progressive, and sustainable developments, in the face of a rapidly-changing environment where traditional growth reliant heavily on fossil fuels could be out of the question soon. That goes for new school construction as well as any other infrastructure developments associated with a desire for growth.

  • There’s a saying in sports that championships are won in the off-season. In the General Assembly, however, new laws are won in committee, since that’s where most of the substantive work to pass them takes place.

    The Kentucky House has 16 committees that consider legislation, and while they may have many bills referred to them, that doesn’t necessarily mean all of these proposals will be heard, much less approved.

  • It was a productive third week of the 2019 Regular Session, as the General Assembly remained hard at work in Frankfort.

    Working with our colleagues across the aisle, we forged ahead in committee meetings in which we heard testimony, discussed policy, and advanced bills for a floor vote. Friday, we reached the filing deadline for new bills in the Senate. Moreover, we are pleased with the consequential legislation that is before us this session.

  • Feb. 23, 1989

    (30 years ago)

    The Pizza Palace owned by James “Eck” McCane opened in the former Country Store space in Bedford’s courthouse square. The pizza place, managed by Joanne Wagner, and the store were both doing well in terms of business in Bedford. The restaurant was also a place for teens to congregate in the evening hours of the weekend, featuring video games and a jukebox.

  • The 2019 regular session may have begun early last month, but it wasn’t until early last week that, like a train leaving the station, the legislative process began picking up steam.

    That delay is by design. Under the constitutional rules governing odd-year meetings of the General Assembly, legislators only meet for four days in January and focus most of that time on such organizational matters as formally electing House and Senate leaders and establishing committees for the next two years.

  • The General Assembly hit the ground running this week as it began the continuation of the 2019 Regular Session. The Senate Majority is excited to move forward with its legislative priorities and pass laws that benefit the Commonwealth.

  • Feb. 16, 1989

    (30 years ago)

    The Milton Fire Department commemorated fire chief Charles “Frog” Means for his years of service to the department during a retirement dinner. Means retired in the fall of ’88.