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Today's Opinions

  • ONLINE-ONLY COLUMN: Sen. Hornback's Frankfort report

    The first week of the 2012 session was a combination of the ceremonial and the new. We gaveled in on Tuesday of last week with the traditional establishment of the membership of the Senate and approval of our chamber’s rules.
    Over 200 bills have already been filed in the General Assembly and will start making their way through the committee process beginning in earnest this week.

  • ONLINE-ONLY COLUMN: Redistricting, campaigns and term limits

    Following a national census, which takes place every 10 years in America, your General Assembly must redraw the lines that define legislative, senatorial and U.S. Congressional districts. We are doing that now, during this session.

    Lines are drawn based on revised population data, the goal being to end up with 100 state house districts, 38 state senate districts, and six U.S. congressional districts of roughly equivalent populations.

  • LETTER: Former sheriff’s indictment not a top story

    As one of your readers, I find it disturbing that you actually choose the indictment of former Sheriff Steve Coulter as [a top] news story for 2011.  This was a classic case of “making a mountain out of a mole hill.”
    Out of all the hype and efforts to discredit and intimidate a man who served his community with honesty and integrity, it all came down to him leaving office two days early.  Really? What a waste of tax dollars.

  • LETTER: No crime between midnight and 6 a.m.?

    Sheriff gets clean audit? I have heard that hot air before, dealing with many of the audits of our elected officials. The problem with audits is you only see what is given to you.
    Since taking office, Sheriff Stump has been escalating the cost to operate his department at a fast and furious pace. Recently, he requested new carpet and furniture for the sheriff’s office.
    Stump has even been charging taxpayers 50 cents per page of open record documents. Legally 10 cents is the price allowed by Kentucky Administrative Regulation 200 1:020 section 3.

  • COLUMN: New year, new challenges

    Welcome to 2012, the year of major changes.
    We will have the opportunity to recycle more items and begin a compost program to help downsize the amount of garbage landfilled.
    Mexico is leading a major change by closing what was known as the largest landfill in this hemisphere. It was pushing 1,000 acres in size. They increased the recycling effort from 6 percent to 60 percent in 10 years, so the reduced amount to be landfilled will be handled by smaller units.

  • Carrying resolutions from one year to the next

    Sticking to New Year’s resolutions has never been something I’m particularly good at — but then again, who is?
    I made four resolutions at the end of 2009, all of which I intended to fulfill in 2010. At the end of the year in 2010, I outed my epic failures in a column for readers of The Anderson News and carried forward those resolutions into 2011.
    So, as not to slight my “new” readership in Spencer County, I decided to do the same.
    Here were my resolutions for 2011:

  • LETTER: Thanks for contributions for pool table

    The senior citizens that use the pool table at the senior center would like to thank those who contributed to the cost to recover the table.

    Patrons of the Spencer County Senior Citizens Center
     

  • COLUMN: Sen. Hornback previews 2012 session

    LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

    By PAUL HORNBACK, State Senator