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Today's Opinions

  • From our readers: Flier inaccurately describes apartment complex

    I received a flier in my paper box this week. I absolutely disagree with this.

    My daughter and her two sons live in Taylorsville Place. Not only parents with children, but single parents and senior citizens live there.

    It is a very well-maintained place. There are no problems there.

    I live in River Heights and there has been no problem here with this apartment complex.

    Not all the people are low income. Some pay the full amount of rent. It is inspected very often for the way people maintain their property and anything that is wrong.

  • Kentucky now has a voice

    There’s been a lot of backlash over proposals to enforce photo identification for voting, and most of it is hyperbolic whining of those who might benefit from lessening the integrity at the ballot.

    However, Kentucky voters have had a right to feel disenfranchised over the years due to the late date on the calendar on which they participate in presidential primaries.

  • Return ‘power of purse’ to Congress

    Will December 11th mark another déjà vu moment for Congress? This looming deadline is the day by which Congress must once again fund the federal government for the upcoming fiscal year.

    As in past years, Congress has failed to follow its own internal process (known as “regular order”). The House has so far passed only 6 of 12 bills necessary to fund the government, while the Senate has passed only one. So, we will likely be forced to have an up-or-down vote in December on a “kitchen sink” funding bill that crams everything into one.

  • We’re thankful for a caring community

    When counting our blessings, Spencer Countians should never overlook their many friends and neighbors who so often give of themselves and their resources to help others in need.

    We live in a very caring community. Sometimes we see it driving home, when a man pulls over to help someone with a flat tire or dead battery in the pouring rain.

    Sometimes we see it in our schools, when a teacher spends her own money to make sure the children in her class all have the materials they need.

  • Founding father knew best

    On Thursday, we’ll stuff our turkeys, then stuff ourselves full of holiday food before settling in for some football, visits with relatives and a wide array of other traditions that might vary from family to family.

    Thanksgiving is a far cry from that harvest festival among the Pilgrims and Indians we learned about in school so many years ago. But what does remain, is the fact that the day is a reminder that we should be grateful.

  • Washington’s Thanksgiving Day Proclamation

    WHEREAS, it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favour; and Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me “to recommend to the people of the United States a DAY OF PUBLIC THANKSGIVING and PRAYER, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:”

  • Frankfort’s focus will be financial

    The 2016 Session of the Kentucky General Assembly is fast approaching. The legislature will convene on January 5, 2016, and the 60-day session must be completed by April 15. The primary responsibility during this session is adopting a two year general and road fund budget going into effect on July 1, 2016. During the 2016 session, along with my fellow legislators, we will also consider approximately 1,000 pieces of proposed legislation. In a typical session, only 10-15 percent of proposed bills are actually signed into law.

  • Bevin’s team responds to Beshear

    The Bevin transition team responded to Governor Steve Beshear’s defense of his health reform efforts last week. In a statement from Jessica Ditto, Communications Director for Governor-Elect Bevin’s Transition Team reacted to Beshear’s press conference.

    “Governor-Elect Bevin’s immediate priority is forming the new administration and preparing the executive budget.