Today's Opinions

  • Pension reform plan to be released soon

    Week six of the 2018 Legislative Session is in the books, and bills continued to move steadily through the Senate as work on the budget and pension reform continues. While we have not released a pension proposal just yet, we are hopeful that it will be made public in the coming days as we continue to sort out details on this complex issue. As for the budget bill, its fate currently is in the hands of the House, and we are hopeful that we in the Senate will receive a budget bill by early March.

  • One kind act at a time

    There’s a story often told of the little boy walking along the beach which has been cluttered with thousands of starfish washed up with the tide. A man watches as the little boy picks one up, and gently returns it to the ocean, then repeats it time and time again.
    “Young man, this beach is miles long and there’s no way you can make a difference for all these starfish before the tide rushes out,”

  • Letters to the Editor

    Resident thankful for help
    during recent cold spell

    I’m 75 years old and I want to thank a person for being there when I had no one to help me.
    His name is David Powell. He came a couple of years ago when David Goodlett called him to clean my long driveway that goes down hill. I couldn’t get out and no one could get in.

  • Dylan Dustin “Huggy Bear” Bruce, 21


  • “Sissy” Myrtle F. Goodpaster, 80

    Mrs. “Sissy” Myrtle F. Goodpaster, age 80, of Cox’s Creek, returned to her Heavenly Father on February 11, 2018. Mrs. Goodpaster was born in Nelson County on July 1, 1937 to the late Hubert and Mildred Breeden.
    Among those who preceded her in death include her husband, Leonard E. Goodpaster, Sr.; son, Russ Lee Goodpaster; sister, Carolyn Trent; and brothers, Junior Breeden and Ivo Mudd.

  • Letters to the Editor

    What’s happening to money raised for animal shelter?

    As an animal advocate, I’m confused as to why Spencer County Fiscal Court is retaining all funds that were raised by animal shelter volunteers .  
    It was my understanding the court was “safely” holding these funds until a nonprofit was formed who would then distribute them accordingly. Now I hear the court has used this money to pay vet bills that should have been paid out of county funds as outlined in KRS 258.119.

  • David Leon Bennett, 79


  • State considering $1 cigarette tax

    The chances for improving Kentucky’s health by reducing the state smoking rate through a $1 or more per pack cigarette tax increase are better than they’ve been in years, according to the Coalition for a Smoke-Free Tomorrow. Comprising nearly 150 health, business and advocacy organizations, the Coalition is advocating for the increase to prevent youth tobacco use and significantly reduce smoking in the Commonwealth, particularly among kids, teens, and pregnant women.