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Opinion

  • 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.

  • For well over a decade now, no issue has dominated the General Assembly’s time quite like our public retirement systems – and that trend isn’t expected to change as this year’s legislative session re-starts this week following a short break.

    Because this matter is as complicated as it is important, now is a good time for a quick refresher course while we wait to see what, if anything, the House and Senate will do during the next two months.

  • The Advocate-Messenger

    Fair warning: This editorial is preaching to the choir.

    This editorial is warning about the problem of too many people putting down their local newspapers — to the people who are still picking them up (in analog or digital form).

    But we’re going to preach anyway.

    Newspapers have been slowly disappearing from the American landscape for years now, thanks to a perfect storm of Craigslist, Facebook, poor civics education and the print industry’s own failures to adapt.

  • Feb. 9, 1989

    (30 years ago)

    Kevin Daigle began his quest for the Mid-American title. Daigle had been training in Trimble County. He was scheduled to take on John Featherstone from South Dakota in a March 18 match at the middle school gymnasium.

    The Bedford Volunteer Fire Department received a $12,000 check to pay for a truck being converted to a tanker. The money came from the Kentuckiana Regional Planning and Development Agency’s Area Development Funds through efforts of Judge Jack Couch and Magistrate Virgil Welty.

  • Last November, nearly two-thirds of Florida’s voters approved a constitutional amendment that automatically restores voting rights to most felons after they complete their sentence. It’s a move that many think is long overdue here in Kentucky, since we’re now just one of two states – Iowa is the other – that still enforces a broad lifetime voting ban in these cases.

  • Feb. 2, 1989

    (30 years ago)

    In first through eighth grade, 39 students were participating in the Esprit program in Trimble schools for gifted and talented students. Thirty-eight students were involved in the program at the high school level. During the past semester, the lower elementary grades traveled to Shakertown while the upper elementary grades toured the U.K. Medical Center in Lexington. Older students were able to attend the performance of “A Christmas Carol” at Actors Theatre in Louisville.

  • There are times when all of us have wished that we could start over again. We would like a fresh start or a new page to begin things all over again. Maybe we have messed up and created something that we are ashamed of or do not want to be associated with any longer.

  • Each legislative session may be different, but nearly all share a common trait: They spend a considerable amount of time focused on education.

    This year’s meeting of the General Assembly is certainly no different, with nearly a fifth of all bills filed so far falling into this category. Many more will almost certainly be added when my fellow legislators and I return to the Capitol on Feb. 5.

  • Did any of you know here that worldwide, more than 2 billion people eat insects? That companies are “hiding” insect ingredients in energy bars, chips and cookies?

    Crickets are the popular choice (one cup of cricket flour has 70 grams of protein, about as much as 9 ounces of beef). There is a word for all this: “Entomophagy,” meaning to feed more people with fewer inputs, by introducing insects (a sustainable protein source) into diets.