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Today's Opinions

  • When is the media dangerous?

    Heads shook and eyes rolled last week when President Donald Trump met with the media for more than 70 minutes, spending more of that time lecturing the press than answering questions.

    For many in the media who are not used to having their professionalism questioned, Trump’s targeting them as unfair, biased and inaccurate, signaled a threat to the very existence of America. I don’t concur.

  • State Senate update

    A wide array of bills were heard in committees and voted out of the Senate in a busy and fast-paced third week of the 2017 Session. Because this year’s 30-day meeting of the Kentucky General Assembly is considered a “short session,” we are focusing on maximizing our time here in Frankfort. We passed nearly 20 bills this week with topics ranging from tobacco use on school property to campaign finance reform to transportation issues.

  • From our readers - Family thanks community for fundraiser

    I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone for the hard work they did for the benefit at the American Legion Hall. I would like to thank the Legion Hall of Bloomfield for allowing us to hold the benefit there.

    Thanks to the three bands; Hard Times, Honky Tonk Road and Judge Angus for their time in performing for all of us. A special thanks to Mike and Michelle Housley for all their hard work, and to the others that helped them.

  • Graffiti is the work of cowards

    The profane and obscene graffiti painted on the Elk Creek water tower over the weekend is a sad reminder that cowards live among us.

    Some may suggest that it took guts for someone to scale the unprotected ladder late in the night or early in the morning, as the culprit or culprits risked getting caught, or worse, falling to their death. I’d suggest that what is on display here is not the presence of bravery, but the absence of intelligence.

  • Rep. Massie Introduces Bill to Abolish Federal Department of Education

     

    On February 7, 2017, Representative Thomas Massie introduced H.R. 899, a bill to abolish the federal Department of Education. The bill, which is one sentence long, states, “The Department of Education shall terminate on December 31, 2018.”

    On the day of Betsy DeVos’ scheduled Senate confirmation for Secretary of Education, Massie said, “Neither Congress nor the President, through his appointees, has the constitutional authority to dictate how and what our children must learn.”

  • Legislature back in session

    The General Assembly returned to Frankfort this week after a brief organizational break, and the week has been filled with legislative meetings as well as the daily session. Most importantly, when we returned we heard from Governor Matt Bevin as he delivered the State of the Commonwealth to a joint session of the House and Senate.

  • Rep. Tipton’s bill protecting autopsy passes House vote

    The Kentucky House of Representatives today passed a bill to create a safety measure aimed at preventing the distribution of autopsy records. The measure was championed by Rep. James Tipton R-Taylorsville.

  • From our readers - Reader takes issue with charter schools