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Today's Opinions

  • Giving unaffordable benefits is a fatal flaw

    Like Bernie Sanders refuses to acknowledge socialism’s devastating impact on previously prosperous Venezuela, supporters of Kentucky’s pension status quo – who seem largely illiterate about how defined-benefit systems work – refuse to concede that inadequate funding is not the primary cause of the commonwealth’s pension woes.

    If it was, then why is the County Employees’ Retirement System (CERS) only around 60-percent funded despite making 100 percent of its actuarially required contributions through the years?

  • Frankfort busy even after session

    Over a month has passed since the conclusion of the 2017 Session of the Kentucky General Assembly but my work as your senator has not slowed. Between answering your well thought-out letters and phone calls, I have been visiting with constituents in our district and listening to your concerns and preparing to discuss many of those topics during the Interim.

  • Sheeley touches ‘em all

    “The thing I like about baseball is that it’s one-on-one. You stand up there alone, and if you make a mistake, it’s your mistake. If you hit a home run, it’s your home run.”
                Hank Aaron

    Hank Aaron is baseball’s all-time home run king. Yes, I know technically Barry Bonds put more balls over the fence than Aaron, but he did so with the assistance of performance enhancing drugs, so in my mind, and the mind of many baseball purists - those numbers are fraudelent.

  • Promises made and kept

    Kentucky voters demanded change when they went to the polls in November, placing the House of Representatives in Republican control for the first time in nearly a century. By granting GOP super-majorities for the first time in both the Senate and the House, Kentuckians made it clear that they were tired of “business as usual” in Frankfort.

  • Time for a tax hike?

    One of the hardest lessons we learn, often as a child, is that we simply can’t afford everything. That lesson is made even more frustrating when we are surrounded by others who can. Unless you’ve always been blessed with wealth, you’ve experienced this at some point in your life.

    Of course, lessons are intended to be teachers, and humble means help nurture our ability to set priorities and make wise decisions. These lessons help us plan and prepare ways we can improve our lot so we can possibly  afford some of the nicer things in the future.

  • Human nature is to protect

    One of the most iconic images of the 20th Century was the photo taken of the flag raising at Iwo Jima during the latter stages of World War II.

    That image captured the bravery of Americn fighting men who fought for weeks for possession of a strategic island  that would help position the U.S. to mount, what was thought to be, an imminent attack on Japan, if the war continued to linger.

  • Living in a post-truth world

    Wheaties was a staple breakfast food in my childhood and between spoonfuls of the stuff that was supposed to make me strong I remember staring at the box donned with Olympic Gold Medalist Bruce Jenner ready to spring the javelin. It was the breakfast of champions and of course what eight-year-old boy didn’t aspire to be a world champion athlete?

    Jenner now goes by Caitlyn Jenner and revealed in his memoir scheduled to be released Wednesday that his sex reassignment surgery was a “success.”

    How times have changed.

  • From our readers - Old Jail is worth preserving

    Old buildings are an important part of our heritage, giving us a glimpse of the people and events that came before us. Many times, dedicated volunteers and community support are a necessary part of the salvation of these historic structures.