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Today's Opinions

  • ONLINE-ONLY COLUMN: Senate passes three education bills

    The Senate passed several bills last week. Of these bills, three education bills are of particular importance.

  • ONLINE-ONLY COLUMN: No gambling on this budget

    In his state of the Commonwealth address, Governor Steve Beshear laid it out fairly straight — we have to tighten our belts. Again. Like every responsible family in the Commonwealth we need to establish a reasonable budget, and exercise the discipline to stick to it. We’ve been doing a pretty good job of that for the last four years, although we haven’t been shy about our bonding (which is borrowing money on a 20-year payback.)

  • COLUMN: Valentine's Day, by the numbers

    Last week, I shared some Super Bowl food facts, by the numbers, and this week, I’ve come across some interesting numbers regarding the next national holiday – the day of love.
    Although according to this week’s poll, an overwhelming majority of you aren’t too keen on the holiday, I think the following facts are interesting enough just the same.
    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the following numbers carry some weight around Valentine’s Day:
    •24.7 pounds – The per capita consumption of candy by Americans in 2010.

  • LETTER: High speed Internet should be available county-wide

    Some may find it hard to believe that in our community, less than 30 minutes from the largest city in Kentucky, there are many places where high speed Internet is not available. It is not even an option in my area.
    While high speed Internet access was once considered a luxury, or something for entertainment purposes only, it has now evolved into one of the most used means of communication.

  • LETTER: Thanks for making Lincoln Day Dinner a success

    On behalf of the Spencer County GOP, I would like to thank everyone who worked so hard to make this years’ Lincoln Day Dinner such a huge success. Karen Karrer did an excellent job in organizing the event. She also wore several hats during the night, from server to assistant auctioneer.
    The meal, catered by a local restaurant, was incredibly excellent.
    And thanks to all who set up and cleaned up, Mike Klotz, Carol and Mike Ferriell, Anita Chamberlain, Karen Karrer and Hobert and Edith Judd.

  • COLUMN: 2012 legislative session is one-quarter complete

    We are now a quarter way through session. Bills are flowing through the committee process and arriving on the Senate floor for consideration before the entire chamber.
    Three bills won passage last week and will now head to the House of Representatives. Senate Bill 55 allows for interstate mutual aid agreements among first-responders and other emergency response personnel. That is to say, that if an emergency occurs near local or state borders, emergency personnel can respond regardless of their home base.

  • COLUMN: Rep. Floyd answers the question, ‘charter schools – why or why not?’

    A Nelson County man asked me about charter schools, wondering why public charter schools don’t have to follow the same rules as traditional public schools; and if charter schools are better (which he doubts), why don’t the traditional schools change the way they’re doing business to imitate charter schools?
    The answers lie in centralized control and mandatory attendance. Let’s take a look at how Kentucky sets things up.

  • LETTER: Aim for a healthier heart this February

    February is the month of love and romance, and while it is wonderful to have a romantic interest at this time of year, it’s also good to “love yourself.”  It always feels great to give yourself a gift, and embracing a healthier lifestyle is one of the greatest, and cheapest, gifts that we can give to ourselves.