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Today's Opinions

  • Expose the pensions of politicians

    Kentucky Roll Call publisher and American hero Lowell Reese, who was exposed to Agent Orange decades ago while fighting communism as a battalion commander in the jungles of southeast Asia, made the ultimate sacrifice for his country when he boarded his final flight from earth last week.

    Reese took the oath to defend this country and its Constitution “against all enemies, foreign and domestic” seriously.

  • The great bathroom debate

    Rip Van Winkle, the character from an early 19th century story, fell asleep for 20 years and woke to a world far different than the one he left when he fell into a deep slumber.

    He drifted off to dreamland before the American Revolution, and wiped the sleep from his eyes after the new nation had been formed. Needless to say, the sweeping changes that had taken place during his sleep caught him unprepared.

  • Budget tackled state’s priorities

    April 15th was the 60th and final legislative day of the 2016 General Assembly, and we were fortunate to take care of some much-needed business in Frankfort.

  • Kentucky must stand united

    A new day is dawning in Kentucky. For the first time in many years, the winds of financial responsibility have begun to blow briskly through the marble halls of Frankfort. These welcome breezes are ushering in the promise of a fresh start for the Commonwealth.

  • Budget was a bipartisan effort
  • From our readers - Riley did nothing underhanded with vote

    It’s taken me almost a week, but I believe that I can respond to Mr. Higgins’ letter last week now without having a mini-stroke!

    Without going line by line with rebuttal, I am just wondering about how Judge Riley “pulled a trick out of his bag?” Another regularly scheduled Fiscal Court meeting where the Sheriff’s budget was discussed again? That’s a trick out of the bag? Then, Judge Riley kept “delaying the decision?” You even say yourself he kept getting deadlocked votes.

  • Is lake’s tourism drying up?

    I still have a cassette tape of a song Larry Lawson brought me soon after I started working at the Spencer Magnet in 2003. The Lawson Brothers, a local Bluegrass group, had written a song entitled “65 Feet Down.” The song tells the story of communities like Ashes Creek and Van Buren that were covered up by the impounding of Taylorsville Lake back in the 1970s and early 1980s.

  • Teachers and pensions - doing the math

    Lots of retired teachers bared their angry fists at me following my recent column about the soon-to-retire public school administrator who will, if he fulfills life expectancy, collect pension checks for longer than he worked, enjoy annual cost-of-living increases that most workers only dream about and amass a KTRS-funded $5.6 million fortune by retiring at 49 years of age after working 27 years.

    “Please be accurate rather than (highlight) one exceptional pensioner!” one retired emailer scolded.