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Today's Opinions

  • FROM OUR READERS - Riley waiting on other candidates before announcing intent

    As County Judge Executive I have had many concerned citizens and county employees asking if I will be running for re-election. So, I want to take this opportunity to publicly answer that question. My answer right now is: I don’t know, yet.  Here’s why.

  • FROM OUR READERS - Pension reform raises concerns

    I am deeply concerned about the pension reform framework recently made public.

    These proposals challenge the contract rights of members, lower the standard of living of employees now and in retirement, and will worsen the cash-flow crisis in the state employee pension plan.

  • Explore and enjoy Kentucky

    “If these United States can be called a body, then Kentucky can be called its heart.” - Jesse Stuart.

    As fall break ended this weekend, hundreds of folks from our community made the long trek home from the beach or some other far-away vacation land after a nice break from the routine.

  • Keeping the promise

    “Keeping the Promise,” our plan to save Kentucky’s pension systems, keeps the promise made to Kentucky’s current employees while also meeting the legal and moral obligations we owe to those who have already retired. Promises made are promises kept.

    Make no mistake: there will be no changes, clawbacks or reductions to the paychecks of current retirees, and there will be protections for healthcare benefits. That is a promise you can literally take to the bank.

  • Key points of reform
  • FROM OUR READERS - Celebrate Retired Teachers Week

    What does it mean to be a retired teacher? If people were polled individually, the answer would be as varied as people’s interest. No matter what it means to you personally, collectively, the Kentucky Retired Teachers Association (KTRA) celebrates Retired Educators Week, October 15-21.

    Retired teachers continue to render valuable services in diverse leadership roles in their communities.

  • Obey burn laws

    The wildfires in California continued to rage this week. They are destroying homes, property and have claimed over 40 lives and scores more are still missing.

    It should be a good reminder for us that fire is dangerous, unpredictable and can easily spread out of control. While we tend to think of wildfires being confined to the west, it’s important to remember that flames do not read maps. Fires can just as easily get out of control in your backyard and pose a threat to you and your neighbors.

  • Girls in the Boy Scouts?

    Last week’s announcement that the Boys Scouts of America would begin opening up their dens and troops to girls, came as no real surprise, although as an Eagle Scout and someone whose fondest childhood memories involve Scouting, it was disappointing.

    There was no shock because BSA officials have been cowering to the pressures of progressives for a couple of decades now. Despite a code that vows to teach young men to be strong, courageous and loyal, the corporate heads of BSA have shown a propensity to be scared, weak and quick to compromise on its core values.