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Today's Opinions

  • Don’t tax Social Security benefits

    On May 19th, I re-introduced the Senior Citizens Tax Elimination Act (H.R. 2552). This bill would assist our struggling middle class by eliminating an unnecessary and unjust double-tax on seniors.

  • FROM OUR READERS - Celebrate Community Action Month

    The month of May has been declared National Community Action Month by Governor Bevin.   Community Action has a history that dates back to the Johnson presidency. A significant amount of services are provided by Community Action in Spencer County.   Multi-Purpose Community Action Agency has been serving low income families and senior citizens in Spencer County since the 1970s and in the early 80s evolved into a Community Action Agency.   

  • FROM OUR READERS - Common decency starts at the top

    I have a solution for the issue between the Sheriff and Fiscal Court.  For anyone interested, they can read KRS - Title IX - Chapter 70 - 150 about one of a Sheriff’s duties. In KRS - Title IX - Chapter 70 - 540, they can read about the County Judge’s power to establish a County Police Force. In fact, read the entire KRS - Title IX - 70 to enlighten yourself.

  • FROM OUR READERS - Common decency starts at the top

    I’d like to say that I agree with the observations of John Shindlebower in his article, “We’ve destroyed innocence.” This is unusual for me because ideologically, we are at opposite ends of the political spectrum but it is also unusual that the column doesn’t appear to contain any political content. So I wish to give Mr. Shindlebower kudos for his well-crafted and thoughtful piece and offer something of my own.

  • From our readers - Thanks to all who supported A Ruff Day at the Fairgrounds

    The Spencer County Animal Shelter would like to give great thanks to all who attended our shelter festival, A Ruff Day at the Fairgrounds. We’re very grateful for all who volunteered to organize the event, and the vendors who brought their wares for sale. And of course we could not have held this event without the support of a host of businesses, organizations, first responders and volunteers.

  • From our readers - A voice in favor of Medicaid expansion

    The House of Representatives passed their ObamaCare replacement bill and sent it to the House.  The only two positive things I can say about it are:  it is not ObamaCare and it is out of the House.  I hope the Senate does better.

  • We’ve destroyed innocence

    It’s impossible to travel into the future, but there are times when you can see it. The photo on the front page of this week’s paper not only shows you the future, but the future is staring back at you in the form of some happy, smiling kids who graduated last week from Spencer County Preschool.

    These kids will start Kindergarden next year, which means they are scheduled to graduate 13 years from now, making them the class of 2030. Do you feel old yet?

  • Giving unaffordable benefits is a fatal flaw

    Like Bernie Sanders refuses to acknowledge socialism’s devastating impact on previously prosperous Venezuela, supporters of Kentucky’s pension status quo – who seem largely illiterate about how defined-benefit systems work – refuse to concede that inadequate funding is not the primary cause of the commonwealth’s pension woes.

    If it was, then why is the County Employees’ Retirement System (CERS) only around 60-percent funded despite making 100 percent of its actuarially required contributions through the years?