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Today's Opinions

  • Frankfort’s focus will be financial

    The 2016 Session of the Kentucky General Assembly is fast approaching. The legislature will convene on January 5, 2016, and the 60-day session must be completed by April 15. The primary responsibility during this session is adopting a two year general and road fund budget going into effect on July 1, 2016. During the 2016 session, along with my fellow legislators, we will also consider approximately 1,000 pieces of proposed legislation. In a typical session, only 10-15 percent of proposed bills are actually signed into law.

  • Bevin’s team responds to Beshear

    The Bevin transition team responded to Governor Steve Beshear’s defense of his health reform efforts last week. In a statement from Jessica Ditto, Communications Director for Governor-Elect Bevin’s Transition Team reacted to Beshear’s press conference.

    “Governor-Elect Bevin’s immediate priority is forming the new administration and preparing the executive budget.

  • Beshear touts health reform efforts as Bevin vows changes

    Making an evidence-based case that Kentucky needs to continue its transformative and nation-leading health reform efforts, Gov. Steve Beshear joined health-care advocates last week to talk about steady improvements in noted health measures as well as the hugely positive economic impact for the medical industry.

  • Help your community; shop local

    As Christmas draws near, Kentuckians are gearing up for the shopping season. Many shoppers plan their Thanksgiving weekend around Black Friday advertisements while others scope out the latest online deals for Cyber Monday.

    But there is another option – shop local. With national initiatives such as Small Business Saturday on Nov. 28 and statewide initiatives like Kentucky Proud, more shoppers are thinking about the benefits of keeping their hard-earned money within their own communities.

  • From our readers: Bevin administration could turn back clock in Kentucky

    Governor-Elect Matt Bevin hasn’t even been sworn in and he’s already mentioning the groups he is going to stick it to such as the poorest of the poor–over 400,000 Kentucky people who didn’t have insurance and now have it thanks to President Obama and Governor Breshear. He has said he will overrule Governor Breshear by giving millions of tax dollars to the Noah’s Ark theme park who is limiting hiring to Christians.

  • When to close the gates

    Imagine your child bringing home a letter from school written as follows:

    Dear Parent,

    This is to inform you that as of next week, sixteen children from the Bellwood medical camp will be enrolling at your child’s school.

  • Fighting the EPA

    Here we go again. The Obama Administration has fired its latest salvo in the War on Coal by publishing the final version of its so-called “Clean Power Plan”—regulations that would effectively shut down most coal-fired power plants and prevent new ones from being built.

  • Political forecast was off

    I’ve often had sympathy for television weather forecasters who go out on a limb each and every day to tell you what the weather is going to be.

    How we dress often depends on whether it’s going to be hot or cold, calm or breezy, wet or dry. More often than not, they get it right, or at least close. However, on the few occasions when they are wrong, it seems we take out our ire on them mercilessly.