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Today's Opinions

  • COLUMN: ‘Flurry’ of bills remain in last session days

    The Senate had a full week of legislation and committee meetings, in addition to logging in long hours working on the state’s biannual budget. With 10 days remaining, you will see a flurry of bills voted through the chambers and updates on the budget and state’s road plan these last few working days.
    Last week, the Senate considered and approved many important measures. Two in particular propose constitutional amendments.

  • COLUMN: How state boards control businesses

    When you want a license to practice, say, cosmetology, you need the permission of the Kentucky Board of Hairdressers and Cosmetologists. Without a license issued by them, you can’t teach cosmetology, own a business that teaches it, become an apprentice in cosmetology, or operate a beauty salon. Same thing applies to nail technicians. Why? Consumer protection. You can hurt someone using chemicals, or operate your salon in unsanitary conditions that could make someone ill.

  • LETTER: Disc golf would bring benefits to Spencer County

    I wanted to thank the staff at the Spencer Magnet for the front page article about the plans for disc golf as well as the editorial that was written regarding the future of it in Spencer County.

  • COLUMN: Early spring, early opportunities

    This year, it feels like spring came a month ago. Warm weather, flowers blooming and grass growing are all signs of spring. We also need to consider all the activities spring brings. We have Commonwealth Cleanup Week that began Saturday and non-profit groups can sign up to be a part of our Spring Roadside Litter Abatement Drive.

  • COLUMN: Spring means busy weeks in Frankfort

    It was a beautiful, spring-like week in our Commonwealth. I enthusiastically tackled a busy schedule; here are a few of the details.  On Monday, March 12, we recognized the Girl Scouts’ 100th anniversary in the rotunda and on the House floor during session.  

  • LETTER: What sensationalism?

    The Spencer Magnet did not do sensationalism. One article presenting the truth of an accident as given by the police is not sensationalism. What happened in that accident was precipitated by the actions of those in the vehicle and no one else. It was their choice to do as they did and no one forced them to do it. The newspaper was simply printing the news.

  • LETTER: Avoid storm-chasing contractors

    The Spencer County community was hit by a large and destructive hailstorm on Friday, March 2. After such an event it can be difficult to separate the legitimate local contractors from the out of state storm chasers. Here are some steps that you can take to avoid accepting offers from roof contractors that may not be up to standards nor supportive of local workers and our local economy.

  • LETTER: ‘I want to be like Mikie’

    I am writing this letter in honor of my granddaughter, “Mikie.” She cannot deny or defend because her words are lost forever.
    Only the family and friends are left to hear comments and whispers and accusations made by not knowing.
    Apparently some decided she had been glorified in her death, so it was their duty or obligation to put her in her place. I guess the media agreed — they were the ones who called, texted anyone they could to find out more and more. One media outlet even went as far as sneaking a camera in a camo bag into the funeral.