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Today's Opinions

  • From our readers: Local school board members deserve recognition

    Changes are coming in public education at the national level with passage of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act, and further, the potential for change at the state level considering the political landscape is imminent as the General Assembly convenes to consider the pension crisis, charter legislation, and crafting of a biennial budget with limited revenue.

  • Church’s history teaches a powerful lesson

    This job affords me the opportunity to meet some wonderful people and learn some interesting things about this community, things that some people may never have known, or things that many people may have forgotten.

    Last week, I sat in the offices of Rev. Charles Burton of Second Baptist Church, and we were joined by fellow church staff members, Rev. Dr. Wanda Collins and Rev. John Lewis. We talked about the 150th anniversary of the church, about its history, its survival and its future.

  • Eliminate prevailing wage

    As a lifelong Cincinnati Reds fan, I’m conflicted.

    It’s great that former Reds player Ken Griffey Jr. was elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame; 99.3 percent of the 440 ballots contained his name.

    Still, how could three of America’s elite baseball writers leave this former superstar – who hit the sixth-most home runs in history – off of their measly little ballots altogether, especially when doing so means Griffey doesn’t become the first player ever with a 100 percent Hall of Fame vote?

  • Pension, education reform among Senate priorities

    From the patriotic medleys of the 100th Amy Band to chants of citizens passionately advocating a cause, the sounds echoing through the hallways of our Capitol signaled just one thing – the 150th General Assembly was in session.

    After just the first week, Senate Majority had rolled out its priorities. It’s 13 bills that are a mix of both new and familiar. Many of the bills have been discussed in concept through last year. Some of the bills will even enjoy bipartisan support.

  • From our readers: Comments on first responder communication issues

    I read with some interest the recent article on the radios because I had attended a number of the Fiscal Court meetings during the decision making and installation process of the current county system.

  • Stay in touch during session

    As we usher in the New Year and the 150th regular session of the Kentucky General Assembly, I’m honored to represent your district. This will be my 13th year in the state legislature.

    During even-year sessions, we are required to pass a two-year budget for the commonwealth. It’s a tall order to pass a budget during even the most prosperous of times, but we’re committed to rolling up our sleeves and working together to adopt a fiscally responsible spending plan that addresses Kentucky’s most pressing needs. It’s a goal we all share.

  • What’s really threatening our security?

    All politics are local.

    While here in Spencer County, the debate rages about funding the Sheriff’s Office in order to continue their current level of 24/7 coverage, in Washington, our President is forgoing debate and was planning Tuesday to use his executive pen to decree new gun control measures.

    Both issues relate to the safety of you and I in our homes.

  • 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.