Today's Opinions

  • Pension woes still a priority for lawmakers

    One of this interim period’s hot button issues is finding a way to stabilize the Kentucky Teachers Retirement System (KTRS) and the Kentucky Employee Retirement System (KRS). KTRS was debated in the waning days of the last General Assembly, and the momentum continues. As a member of the Public Pension Oversight Board, I have had a seat at the table on these issues, continuing to deliberate with the various stakeholders and legislators who want to find a solution.

  • From our readers: Kudos to Road Department

    Wanted to give a shout and thank you to the road maintenance department. We live off Hochstrauser near Plum Ridge. They paved the road, bridge, and several areas. It’s nice and smooth now and a pleasure.  Thank you very much. 

    Randal Mattocks

  • Tolerating true diversity

    The Spencer County High School Site-Based Decision Making Council really had little choice last week when they approved a new club at the school. The club, Spectrum Advocacy for Equality, was initially proposed to give a voice to LGBT students. However, after some concern about focusing solely on sexual orientation, the club was renamed and repurposed as an organization that will oppose bullying of all types and promote tolerance for all students.

  • From our readers: Taxpayers need honest account of budget process

    Two weeks ago, I wrote an opinion letter published in the Magnet about a proposed tax increase being discussed by the Fiscal Court. My letter was critical of the justification and process (drip spend, drip raise taxes, drip repeat).

    An email on this subject was received, essentially informing me that I was wrong (all inclusive). Also the email indicated that all could have been explained if I had availed myself to scheduling a meeting with the sender.

  • Have a little pride

    I believe there are two types of pride. There’s the pride that comes before the fall, as the Bible defines. But there’s also the pride that helps pick us back up when we have fallen. The latter is not arrogance, but a recognition that we weren’t made to be failures.

    It’s ok for communities to have pride as well, especially when the object of that pride are the people who share it with us. Of course, sometimes the actions or inactions results in shame. Here’s a few examples:

  • KSBA must be more open

    Attorney General Jack Conway is right: the state Board of Education violated Kentucky’s open-meetings law when an ad hoc committee it hastily created in April conducted business in unannounced, closed-session conditions while hiring a search firm to aid in finding a replacement for outgoing commissioner Terry Holliday.

  • From our readers: THANK YOU

    In case anyone forgot how incredible the people are in our small town, I would like to remind everyone.

    My husband passed away at the end of July. I have two children. I lost my father when I was 13 and remember how lost I felt. When I went back to school, nobody showed any kind of support. I was so worried that my children would feel the same way.

  • Tax dollars must not fund Planned Parenthood

    “It’s been years since I’ve talked about compensation [for the sale of fetal body parts], so let me just figure out what others are getting . . . . If [the price for selling the body parts is] low, we can bump it up. I want a Lamborghini.”