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Today's Opinions

  • LETTER: Thanks for clothing drive donations

    I wish to express my sincerest appreciation to everyone who donated to the winter clothing drive.
    I also want to extend a thank you to the local businesses and the Spencer County Public Library for participating in this event by agreeing to be a drop off site for the clothing.
    The clothing drive was a huge success. The clothing was donated to the Multi-Purpose Community Action Agency to be distributed to the families of Spencer County.
    Gaynell Zirnheld
    Taylorsville

  • COLUMN: New districts make you ‘curiouser and curiouser’

    I really didn’t want to write any more about redistricting, but I’m getting so many questions — about who represents whom? And why did this happen? And why did you make it an emergency? — that it might serve to explain things in a more comprehensive way. I don’t plan to write any more columns on this, so (with apologies to Lewis Carroll) I’ll “begin at the beginning, and go on until I come to the end: then stop.”

  • COLUMN: Redistricting, budget fill session conversations

    It is our constitutional duty every 10 years to realign our voting districts according to population after each census. This act fulfills the requirement of one man, one vote. In this, the third week of session, that is exactly what the Senate and House did with House Bill 1.
    According to tradition, the Senate draws its lines while the House of Representatives decides on theirs. My district changed with the additions of a portion of Boone and Jefferson Counties, and all of Carroll, Gallatin and Henry counties. I will continue to represent Shelby and Spencer counties.

  • COLUMN: ‘Family’ shines in time of tragedy

    Over the course of the last seven days, my colleagues and I have had the pleasure of meeting some Spencer County High School students who are wise beyond their years.

    You may have already read the following quote from freshman Christen Housley in our main story about the tragic wreck that took place last week.

    “We’ve really come together,” Christen said. “We’re not a community, we’re a family now.”

  • ONLINE-ONLY COLUMN: Week 2 legislative update

    In the second week of session, the General Assembly began to debate several significant issues in designated committees. Drug abuse, weaknesses in child-protective services, and the state’s debt level were all topics of discussion. The committee process is intended to inform the legislators of the pros and cons of each bill. Lively debate accompanied each piece of legislation.
     

  • ONLINE-ONLY COLUMN: Our budget challenges

    There is good news and bad news for Kentucky as your General Assembly drafts a new biennial budget during this year’s legislative session. Let’s start with the good news: revenues are up.

    For the current fiscal year (FY12) revenue to the state from all general fund sources is up over $137 million from what we budgeted. The forecasting group also projects a modest increase in tax revenue over the next two-year budget period, assuming the tax structure remains as it is today. Let’s hope they’re right – on both counts.

  • LETTER: OWS protesters should leave camps, work in the system to get change

    There is little comparison of Occupy Wall Street to the Tea Party. The Tea Party group had gatherings on the street, but never stayed overnight or occupied anything. Its members often meet indoors to do their planning. They use contact with representatives to make changes and vote their minds to replace representatives. The Tea Party people work for a living and have no time to occupy anything but their homes and jobs.

  • COLUMN: Words of wisdom about saying no to drugs

    Normally, we don’t run things on this page without telling you who wrote them. Whether it’s from one of our staff members or from one of you, we usually put a name to it.
    But this week we are presented with a special situation.
    A loving mother came into our office and showed us what you are about to read below. It describes what a young man and his family went through during a time when his brother was on drugs. At the time it was written, the young man was an elementary student. Now, he is grown, but his mother thinks the words still need to be shared.