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Today's Opinions

  • Legislative Updates: Senator Gary Tapp

    This week, as the 2009 Session resumed, we passed or moved along bills aimed at holding your government and electoral processes visible and publically accountable, from campaigns to officeholders to lobbyists.

  • LETTER: Give family pets the shelter they deserve

    As we weathered the recent snow and ice, it was easy to take note of the damage it brought. There were trees down, cars off to the sides of the roads, and the unsettling darkness in our homes when the lights should have been on. Mother Nature then changed course by following her winter display and frigid temperatures, with a couple of unseasonably warm days, allowing us the opportunity to clean up most of the leftover debris while the neighborhood kids rode their bikes. Not wanting to spoil us, she then treated us to a day of high brisk winds followed by a rainbow over Elk Creek.

  • LETTER: Family saddened by a recent SCYBA decision

    I am writing this letter in response to a recent decision made by the “new” officers of the Spencer County Youth Baseball Association (SCYBA). 

    Many of you know my husband Doug Lambdin, whether it be from youth football, youth basketball, or church, but most of you know him from youth baseball.  Although he has helped with and coached football and basketball, most of his time over the past 6 years have been spent on the baseball fields of Spencer County. 

  • Taxes do little for shortfall

    by Rep. BRAD MONTELL

    R-House Dist. 58

    The legislature approved last week a rescue plan to plug the projected $456 million hole in the state budget this fiscal year with a combination of new revenue, spending cuts and fund transfers. The plan, which was passed by the House on Wednesday and cleared the Senate Friday, is contained in two bills that House and Senate leaders were able to reach consensus on in recent weeks. The bills will take effect immediately upon Governor Steve Beshear’s expected signature.

  • 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.