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Today's Opinions

  • Tipton cites unfinished work; files for second term

    From failing pension systems for state employees and teachers to what should be done about Medicaid expansion, state Rep. James Tipton knows full well there is plenty of work that needs to be done in Frankfort.

    He also knows to be a part of that work, he must get re-elected next November.

    Tipton, a Republican from Taylorsville who won the 53rd District seat in the state House of Representatives last year, filed recently for re-election and last week spelled out what he says are the state’s major issues and how he hopes to solve them.

  • Pension woes will be priority next month

    When the 2016 session of the General Assembly convenes on January 5, the unfunded liability crisis facing our Public Pension Systems will be front and center.

  • Why is Trump popular?

    I do not like Donald Trump as a presidential candidate. I find him arrogant, crude and ill-prepared to assume the role of President and Commander-in-Chief.

    I do like Trump’s candidacy however, in the sense that it should open a nation’s eyes to the follies of political correctness.
    Love or loathe him, Trump speaks in a language that America understands. He’s blunt, brash and straight-to-the-point. Americans have always liked that, although our politicians have more often developed a way of weaving their words into a tangled web of ambiguity.

  • State Senator wants to hear your opinion

    As we get ready to close out 2015, let me wish you and your family a happy New Year!

    It’s time again for members of the Kentucky General Assembly to meet for a 60-day legislative session that is frequently called a “budget session.” During this time, my colleagues and I will work to develop a two-year budget for state government. We will also discuss other issues important to Kentuckians including jobs, economic development, education and health care.

  • From our readers: Praises county road crew

    In the early spring, Kentucky received a substantial amount of rain causing many creeks and streams to go over their banks. Many acres and roads were flooded.

    Veech Road had a major landslide. A portion of the road fell 100 feet into Plum Creek. At least 25 trees and tons of earth and rock fell. The road was impassable.

  • Editor of Bethlehem newspaper was busy

    I’ve often wondered what the editor of the Bethlehem Star Gazette was doing on that night more than 2,000 years ago when an event happened in his little town that would forever change the world.

    Obviously, he may have sent out a reporter to cover the great influx of people arriving for the approaching census.

    Obviously, the inns were full, so I’m sure the local diners and taverns were doing brisk business as well. So a story concerning the economic impact would certainly be appropriate.

  • Pension may drive state budget debate

    As we approach the holidays I would like to take this opportunity to say Merry Christmas to each of you and to your family. My wish is that you can take time out of your busy schedules to enjoy family and celebrate the reason for the season.

    The holidays provide a brief break before the 2016 General Assembly. The debate of how to address the Kentucky employees’ and teachers’ retirement systems combined estimated $25 billion in unfunded liabilities will likely dominate the session as legislators work to pass the state’s next 24-month budget.

  • Letters to Santa

    In this week’s Magnet, you’ll notice our entire B-section is made up of letters to Santa, written by young children from both elementary schools in Spencer County. This has become an annual tradition with our newspaper, one we know many of our readers enjoy browsing through.