Today's Opinions

  • Higdon cites latest events in Senate

    The fifth week of the 2016 Legislative Session in Frankfort was historic in a number of ways. Governor Matt Bevin signed his first piece of legislation, Senate Bill (SB) 4. We also said goodbye to former State Senator and civil rights activist, Georgia Davis Powers.

  • Signing of informed consent bill signals progress

    For those who value life at every stage across the Commonwealth, this week produced another major victory in Frankfort. Following House passage of the informed consent bill last week, the Senate overwhelmingly agreed with the changes to SB 4, which the Governor immediately signed.

  • From our readers - Silly bills in Frankfort hurt Kentucky

    It never ceases to amaze me the silly bills some legislatures want to get passed with false information. Take the one about starting charter schools. You cannot improve education by taking money out of a system to start a new system.

  • Living within our means

    When Governor Matt Bevin released his budget proposal for the Commonwealth last week, many were concerned, even worried, that the cuts were going to be painful.

    The buzzword in the days leading up to his budget speech was “austere” which according to Webster, can mean severe, or also basic. In terms of financial budgeting, it can mean both.

    His budget proposal calls for nearly across-the-board cuts of nine percent. A few areas escaped the chopping block, but those that didn’t were vocal in their opposition.

  • Lawmakers now tackle Bevin budget

    Week four of the Kentucky General Assembly marked a momentous occasion for our state. Governor Matt Bevin gave his first State of the Commonwealth Budget Address, laying out a plan that will guide Kentucky out of the financial mire that has lingered for the past several years after the recession.

  • House holds rare abortion votes

    This week in Frankfort proved to be not only fruitful, but historic for the Kentucky House of Representatives. For the first time in over 12 years, debate and a floor vote was allowed on a pro-life piece of legislation. Senate Bill 4, commonly known as the informed consent bill, passed the House by a vote of 92-3.

  • From our readers - Agencies set example in response to last week’s snow

    Hats off to everyone!

    Last week was a perfect example of how the government is supposed to work “for the people.”

    In my little corner of the world, western Spencer County, the snow was no big deal. The county road was plowed and cindered, the state roads were plowed and salted, the electricity stayed on, and the water kept flowing.

    This was no easy feat to accomplish, as it took countless hours of hard work.

  • There’s calm after the storm

    Weather can make for exciting news. Ah, but for the best headlines and coverage, it’s in the anticipation of weather that many in the media take it to the next level.

    Consider last week’s approaching storm, which caused many people to empty the shelves of bread, milk, toilet paper and other essentials that we apparently keep only day-to-day supplies of. For days, we were warned of the approaching white doom, and when we woke Friday morning, we were greeted only by the two or three inches that had fallen on Wednesday.