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Today's Opinions

  • HB144: Not a perfect solution, but may prevent layoffs and furloughs

    by Rep. KENT STEVENS

    D-House Dist. 55

    The Kentucky House of Representatives and Senate took the first significant step in addressing the state’s budget crisis by passing House Bill 144 this week.  The House passed the bill by a vote of 66-34.

     For the past several weeks House and Senate leaders have met to work out details of the budget, conferring with Gov. Beshear and administration officials on a consistent basis.  Our revenue plan meets the governor’s revenue request by raising more than $300 million over the next biennium.

  • LETTER: Focus on education needs first

    My heart goes out to the school board as they make some tough decisions. I also had to make tough decisions when it came to budgets while I was chief of police of Taylorsville. What I do cut, and where do I cut it.

  • Stimulus package equals wasteful spending

    by CONGRESSMAN BRETT GUTHRIE

    R- Kentucky’s Second District

    America is in the middle of a serious recession that is hurting working families and small businesses.  Now, more than ever before, we need to work across party lines to put our country back on a path toward economic growth. 

  • LETTER: Response to youth basketball letter

    I am writing in response to the letter last week regarding Spencer County Youth Basketball.

    The coaches are volunteer parents who are giving their time to teach the game of basketball and provide a good experience for our children. Good sportsmanship is important and I believe that it has been emphasized.

    Anytime you have 10 children on the court playing enthusiastically there will be some “rough play”, but from what I have seen it is not intentional and the kids are out there having fun.

  • LETTER: Grower disagrees with Farmers Market rule

    During the recent ice storm, I passed some time looking at my seed catalogs by the light of a coal-oil lamp and wishing for spring. For the past five years, I’ve prepared a huge seed order in preparation for planting my gardens and growing produce and flowers to sell at our local farmers market. I had planned to participate in the market again this year, but sadly I am unable to do so because of a rule change.

  • Education bills replace CATS, allow early graduation

    by SENATOR GARY TAPP

    R-Senate District 20

    Every year, many good bills fail simply because there isn’t enough time for both chambers to fully consider them. That’s especially true in a 30-day “short session” like this year’s. In the last two weeks, however, the Senate has taken early action on major legislation, giving the House more time to study those bills.

  • LETTER: Where is the outrage?

    Last week I was listening to an expert panel of economists and their future forecast is one that should trouble the entire world.  For the first time in my life I have become “economically frightened.”  Not for myself, but for my children, my grandchildren and all the young people of this country. 

  • FROM THE MAYOR: A community that pulled together

    The following is a partial letter I wrote to a good friend of mine who lives in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where the weather has been 82 degrees with sunshine and warm island breezes.  While tropical winds were blowing south of us, we were in the midst of one of the worst winter ice storms on record.

     

    “Dear Jim,