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Today's Opinions

  • COLUMN: Will success come from mandatory school attendance?

    Every parent wants his or her child to succeed in life. Early on, parents can help by making sure that their children can read. And they need to keep them in school. This is the parent’s responsibility, but some in Frankfort want to take that responsibility away from them by mandating school attendance until they’re 18 years old.

  • COLUMN: Senate is focused on education bills

    This was a very busy week in Frankfort with many visitors and a lot of discussion on pending issues from both chambers of the General Assembly.
    On Tuesday, the Senate unanimously passed Senate Bill 75, which addresses safety options for religious groups that operate horse-drawn buggies. As co-sponsor of this bill, I am proud of this legislation and the efforts made by fellow members and citizens from all over the Commonwealth.

  • COLUMN: Who's on (the ballot) first?

    Parts of this year’s legislative session have reminded this reporter of the comedy sketch, “Who’s on First?” made popular by the vaudeville act Abbott and Costello.
    Though not nearly as humorous, the jockeying around of state representatives — especially as they pertain to Spencer County — has been just as confusing.
    Just when we think we’ve figured out an answer to the question, “Who’s our representative?” one side or the other throws a curve ball to mix us up once again.

  • 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.