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Opinion

  • Rain, rain, go away and come again another day. As I sit on my front porch waiting to see if my house is going to get flooded, I ponder on why I wonder.

    My parents purchased the house in 1976 and I do not believe that most of you reading this know the battle that my parents faced with the backing up of water in the drainage pipe that was placed on their property by Spencer Farm Service and the City of Taylorsville. Beware of what is placed on your property by others.

  • Americans celebrated Independence Day on Tuesday. They did it with baseball games, cookouts, days at the lake or beach and fireworks.

    (Actually, the fireworks have been going off for more than a week, and those who spent their electric bill money on grossly discounted explosives at the fireworks stands over the past few days, will be lighting them off for several more nights, to the dismay of those with small children and dogs).

  • For the nearly 900,000 smokers in Kentucky, there has never been a better time to quit.

    During the 2017 legislative session, the General Assembly passed much needed legislation to equip individuals addicted to tobacco with the tools they need to quit successfully. The smoking cessation coverage bill (Senate Bill 89) removes barriers that limit patient access to evidence-based cessation treatments.

  • The State of California recently announced that it is banning any state-funded travel to Kentucky. That means state employees, athletic teams of state universities and anyone traveling on the taxpayer dime from California will be banned from our wonderful Commonwealth.

    Why?

    Simply because Kentucky values freedom and the liberties that our Founding Fathers tried to secure and preserve for us over 240 years ago.

  • Over two hundred years ago, our Founding Fathers put their lives on the line to create a new country in which freedom reigned. These men had a vision of a nation unafraid to face its enemies and win. We, the people of the United States, have faced insurmountable odds since our young country’s conception but continue to fight for our God-given rights unique to the United States of America.

  • In 2015, the majority of Kentuckians in 106 counties voted for a governor they believed would change the trajectory of the state for the better: Matt Bevin. Voters were tired of the political status quo—unfunded pensions, deep-seated political corruption, false promises, and thousands of jobs lost to neighboring states.  

  • Of all the issues local government entities face, it’s hard to imagine that approving the minutes from previous meetings would generate controversy. Never underestimate small town politics.

    For several months, some on the Spencer County Fiscal Court have taken issue with County Clerk Lynn Hesselbrock’s insistence upon providing word-for-word transcripts of some discussions held in fiscal court meetings as part of the minutes.

  • University of Louisville fans reacted with shock last week when the NCAA handed down harsh penalties in the wake of a scandal involving the Cardinal basketball team, strippers and prostitutes.

    Sadly, there seems to be more outrage expressed by fans and some within the administration over the penalties than with the sordid details of the actual allegations.

    That’s a sad commentary on our society, but also a pretty accurate gauge of the importance we place on college sports these days. It should also be a wake-up call.

  • Civility is on life support. But the body politic was sick long before James T. Hodgkinson assaulted GOP Congressmen at a baseball practice, critically wounding Con. Steve Scalise and wounding five others after asking whether the men on the field were Republicans or Democrats.

  • This past weekend, some friends and I took a canoe trip down the Kentucky River. It was a secluded, 18-mile stretch beginning at Camp Nelson and winding through the beautiful Kentucky River Palisades to High Bridge.

    It was also remote. From Friday morning when we left Camp Nelson, until nearly mid-day on Saturday, we never saw another soul. No sounds of cars, no other boats, simply near-wilderness on both sides of the river.

  • While employed as an instructor at the University of Kentucky’s School of Journalism, former hostage Terry Anderson recounted his five-year battle with federal agencies to obtain copies of public records under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) relating to the government’s efforts to secure his release from Hezbollah kidnappers during his nearly seven-year captivity.

  • The Stars and Stripes have long represented the values and history of the United States, but oftentimes we do not know or fully understand how to respect “Old Glory’s” presence. On June 14, 2017, we celebrate the annual Flag Day to honor our nation’s emblem. In light of that holiday, Memorial Day, and the quickly-approaching Fourth of July, I thought it relevant to share some of the United States’ tradition, regulations, and laws pertaining to the American flag, all of which can be found in various government publications.

  • Rep. James Tipton, a Taylorsville Republican and member of the House Education Committee, has been appointed by Speaker Jeff Hoover to the Education Committee of the Southern Legislative Conference (SLC).

  • For the past eight years, the people of Kentucky endured an economy that failed to live up to its potential.  Kentuckians wanted growth, jobs, and improved wages, but the Obama Administration responded with a highly regressive regulatory rampage that hurt the economy and empowered Washington bureaucrats.

  • Dear John Riley.

    Again, shame on you and once again you are in my prayers. I open this correspondence thanking the Good Lord you are not my proctologist.

    Needless to say, Spencer County is sick of your personal, self-serving and selfish battle with Sheriff Stump. You say it is not personal, but one and all recognize the truth as it be.

    You referred to the previous fiscal court, of which I sat on, as being dysfunctional. But we considered the safety and welfare of every man, woman and child a priority. Yes, we funded 24/7, 365.

  • Those three words apparently make up the suggested strategy in Britian today as officials try to prepare citizens  for what has become the new normal - terrorist attacks.

  • A constituent of mine recently brought to my attention that too often we let the discussion about Kentucky’s drug scourge fall by the wayside. Admittedly, I believe that happens because no one has a good solution to the problem and although we have made effort after effort to combat the epidemic we still have little to show for it. In 2015 Kentucky’s heroin-related death rate increased to 6.9 deaths for every 100,000 people—23 times the rate in 2009.

  • A recent opinion letter from Scott Pulliam suggested that in order for our country to restore “common decency” in America that we should start at the top with President Trump and his “crass and crude” conduct or his “moral and intellectual pollution” he spouts on a daily basis.

  • Only surviving combat soldiers can tell their story with any accuracy.

    As I was hanging my American flag up today in remembrance of Memorial Day (May 25, 2017), I was revisiting my last minutes in Vietnam after being air lifted out of the field, full of morphine with my best buddy laying next to me in a UH-1 helicopter. I was going home. I was one of the lucky ones so to speak.