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Today's Opinions

  • FROM OUR READERS - Clearing up some pension misconceptions

    With the news about the Commonwealth’s pension systems this week, I’m reminded of the old adage that a lie makes 50 tweets at the departure gate before the truth has a chance to turn off Airplane mode. Put simply, there’s a lot of fear and trepidation about the state’s various pension systems, and understandably so—these pensions in many cases represent the livelihood of individuals and their families. However, there are also a lot of misrepresentations so hopefully this letter will help assuage some of the fears by providing some essential facts.

  • Stop ranking professions

    The pension crisis that’s been ignored and avoided for years is finally being addressed by leaders in Frankfort. The realities are harsh, the numbers don’t add up, and the solutions being suggested so far might require sacrifice, pain and more than a little compromise.

    Problem-solving is a task best performed when we attack the issue, and not each other. But given that this issue directly impacts our bank accounts, people are drawing battle lines, digging in and it’s about to get ugly.

  • Spencer County proud

    Cody Milburn wasn’t looking for fame or pats on the back when he initiated a drive to collect water, food, and other items to help the people of southeast Texas recover from historic flooding in the wake of Hurricane Harvey last week.

    His intentions weren’t self-serving, but were about serving those in need.

    But perhaps they will also serve as reminders that when tragedy strikes, our best possible response should be empathy, compassion and yes - action.

  • Harvey unites a divided nation

    A relatively small group of hate-filled people protesting and fighting in Charlottesville, Va., earlier this month showed what sharp division can do to a nation.

    Meanwhile, a much larger group of Americans in Texas, of various political backgrounds, skin tones and social status, are banding together this very moment to help each other out in the wake of devastating flooding in the wake of Hurricane Harvey.

  • Tax reform will move Kentucky forward

    Speaking with a group in Louisville, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin discussed the single most important action we can take to put our economy back on the right track: comprehensive tax reform.  I welcomed Secretary Mnuchin to our state to hear the questions and concerns that Kentuckians have about the process and to talk about what we can do to help middle class families get ahead.

  • Benefit changes needed

    The presentation of the final phase of an audit of Kentucky’s public pension plans at Monday’s meeting of the Public Pension Oversight Board confirms what the Bluegrass Institute has said all along: changes in the way benefits are awarded must occur immediately.

  • Lawmakers still at work this summer

    Summer is winding down and kids are heading back to school, but the members of the Kentucky General Assembly are still working on your behalf in Frankfort attending Interim Joint Committees. These committees bring together members of the Kentucky House and Senate to collaborate on policy ideas and discuss bills for future sessions. The Interim is also a time for us, the members of the General Assembly, to hear from different offices and branches of government to keep them accountable to you, the taxpayer.

  • Trump’s Afghan speech on target

    President Trump made big news Monday when he was photographed staring up at the solar eclipse without the recommended safety glasses. He made much more important news later that day in a speech revealing the United States’ new policy for the 16-year-old war in Afganistan. Of course, if you are like millions of Americans who get your news off Yahoo or late night comedy shows, Trump’s policy speech wasn’t as important as his cheating blindness.