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Opinion

  • Sept. 8, 1988

    (30 years ago)

    Lt. Gov. Brereton Jones stopped in Bedford for a meal at Little Town and Country. He said the state needed to focus on agriculture marketing, promoting a Kentucky food label and reducing the amount of food imported from other states. “We’ve got the capacity to raise all the beef, the labs, all the hogs,” Jones said. “We’ve got no reason to buy meat from anybody.”

  • Kentucky’s economy is surging forward. After nearly a decade of sluggish growth, Republican leadership in both Washington and Frankfort is helping encourage job creation and economic opportunity.

    This is certainly promising news. However, 84 percent of Kentucky employers also reported last year that they couldn’t find enough qualified workers to fill all the job openings that have been created. One estimate showed there are more than 248,000 annual job openings in Kentucky – many with salaries far above average – in need of skilled workers.

  • There are several holidays each year that are distinctly American – from Memorial Day and the Fourth of July to Thanksgiving – but only one celebrates the hard work that made us who we are: Labor Day.

    It is often seen as the unofficial end to the summer, but it’s important to look beyond that as we celebrate the upcoming three-day weekend.

  • Sept. 1, 1988

    (30 years ago)

    Hallie Morris of Milton celebrated her 94th birthday on Sept. 1. Morris was a lifelong Trimble County resident, except for a year she resided in Florida. Morris was still doing her own housekeeping, laundering and cooking. She was a member of the Milton United Methodist, going “every time the doors were open,” said her friend Thelma McCord.

    Dave Gosman from Gosmans, Inc. in Madison, Ind. was awarded a bid to construct a shelter house at the county park for $12,400.

  • I don’t know about you, but I never had to go to summer school when I was of school age. However, I always worried about it!

  • It has been a little more than two decades since the General Assembly passed far-reaching reforms of our public postsecondary schools, and without a doubt one of the most successful elements of that work was the creation of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System.

  • School board member Tony Walker provided a copy of his resignation letter to the Banner. This is the same version Walker shared online upon his decision to leave the board. The letter is addressed to board attorney Grant Chenoweth.

    Grant,

  • Aug. 25, 1988

    (30 years ago)

    Mrs. Donna Stark Thompson gave a historical sketch of the Parker family, who built the Bedford Springs Hotel, during a Trimble County Historical Society meeting. The program was in dedication of two new Kentucky highway markers.

  • 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.