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Opinion

  • The final week of the 2016 General Assembly was marked by the passage of a $21 billion spending plan for the two-year period beginning July 1, and it is being hailed as the most conservative budget the commonwealth has seen in a generation.

    Governor Matt Bevin set the parameters for the state budget debate when he announced his proposed budget in January. He proposed major funding increases to Kentucky’s struggling pension systems and asked other areas of state government to participate in funding reductions.

  • Americans gathered to pray last week, in small towns and big cities. The National Day of Prayer is an annual event born from the patriotic spirit of our Founding Fathers.

    Unlike our current President, our Founding Fathers did not tiptoe around which diety they prayed to and history is chock full of evidence of those prayers.

    In September of 1774, after news that British troops had confiscated gunpowder supplies in Boston, tensions were high as the Continental Congress assembled in Philadelphia.

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    EDITOR’S NOTE: As part of their senior projects, several seniors research an issue and submit a letter to the newspaper explaining their stand and what they’ve learned. We publish these unedited, as submitted.

    Addicted Youth: PATRICK ROOD

  • Seems like the presidential election has been going on forever. Names like Trump, Sanders, Cruz and Clinton have dominated the news nearly every day for the past year, and we still have six months until we actually choose the next president.

    Election fatigue may have set in, but that’s no excuse not to vote. Kentucky voters are set to go to the polls in two weeks for the May Primary, and there’s more at stake than just who heads to the White House.

  • Scars are visible reminders of tough times. They can be the product of rough play, stupid decisions, brave encounters, surgeries or accidents. Most of us who had typical childhoods may sport a few scars on our head, our legs, our arms or elsewhere, and retelling the story of their origin can be entertaining or enlightening to others, especially when we tell the stories to children.

  • The pace picked up in Frankfort following the 10 day veto period upon adjournment of the 2016 Regular General Assembly. On April 27, Governor Bevin issued several anxiously awaited veto statements on several pieces of legislation very important to Kentucky, including more than 30 items within the budget bill which will direct the Commonwealth’s spending priorities over the next two years.

  • Kudos to the group and individuals picking-up litter along KY 44 and KY 248 Thursday evening. Makes our hometown much more livable and hopefully sparks some community pride. Thanks!

    Marty Nemes
    Mt. Eden, KY

  • Sometime in the very near future, the Blue Bridge that has carried motorists across the Salt River in Taylorsville for nearly eight decades will become just another memory.

    Transportation officials announced recently that traffic could be crossing the new bridge, built adjacent to the Blue Bridge, in just a few days. Then crews will turn their attention to demolishing the old span.

  • I love baseball. The fundamentals of the game are simple. It’s about catching, throwing, hitting and running. In fact, if you pick up a baseball, it’s like your brain automatically knows that object is for throwing. Give a baseball to a one-year-old, and he or she will taste it of course, but then they will throw it.

    The game is so easy, that those running our youth baseball leagues in America decided to introduce it to children at a very young age. Thus, in the 1950s, T-ball was born.

  • Kentucky Roll Call publisher and American hero Lowell Reese, who was exposed to Agent Orange decades ago while fighting communism as a battalion commander in the jungles of southeast Asia, made the ultimate sacrifice for his country when he boarded his final flight from earth last week.

    Reese took the oath to defend this country and its Constitution “against all enemies, foreign and domestic” seriously.

  • Rip Van Winkle, the character from an early 19th century story, fell asleep for 20 years and woke to a world far different than the one he left when he fell into a deep slumber.

    He drifted off to dreamland before the American Revolution, and wiped the sleep from his eyes after the new nation had been formed. Needless to say, the sweeping changes that had taken place during his sleep caught him unprepared.

  • April 15th was the 60th and final legislative day of the 2016 General Assembly, and we were fortunate to take care of some much-needed business in Frankfort.

  • A new day is dawning in Kentucky. For the first time in many years, the winds of financial responsibility have begun to blow briskly through the marble halls of Frankfort. These welcome breezes are ushering in the promise of a fresh start for the Commonwealth.

  • It’s taken me almost a week, but I believe that I can respond to Mr. Higgins’ letter last week now without having a mini-stroke!

    Without going line by line with rebuttal, I am just wondering about how Judge Riley “pulled a trick out of his bag?” Another regularly scheduled Fiscal Court meeting where the Sheriff’s budget was discussed again? That’s a trick out of the bag? Then, Judge Riley kept “delaying the decision?” You even say yourself he kept getting deadlocked votes.

  • I still have a cassette tape of a song Larry Lawson brought me soon after I started working at the Spencer Magnet in 2003. The Lawson Brothers, a local Bluegrass group, had written a song entitled “65 Feet Down.” The song tells the story of communities like Ashes Creek and Van Buren that were covered up by the impounding of Taylorsville Lake back in the 1970s and early 1980s.

  • Lots of retired teachers bared their angry fists at me following my recent column about the soon-to-retire public school administrator who will, if he fulfills life expectancy, collect pension checks for longer than he worked, enjoy annual cost-of-living increases that most workers only dream about and amass a KTRS-funded $5.6 million fortune by retiring at 49 years of age after working 27 years.

    “Please be accurate rather than (highlight) one exceptional pensioner!” one retired emailer scolded.

  • A group of atheists is so riled up by the Ark Encounter in Northern Kentucky that they’ve started a billboard campaign to discourage people from visiting it. The proposed billboard says: “Genocide & Incest Park: Celebrating 2,000 years of myths” and for a gift of $500, donors can have their face among those drowning outside the Ark. It’s an attention grabber no doubt, but the effort amounts to free advertising for the park which is set to open in July.

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    While the nation’s attention has been focused on presidential politics for much of the past year, business in Washington continues, and Kentucky Congressman Brett Guthrie said much of what occurs is not good.

  • We have arrived at one of the most beautiful times of the year, with the flowers, trees, and bushes letting us know the bad weather is about gone.  What is left is all the residue from the bleakness of winter, namely cans and bottles, mainly plastic, and the usual assortment of fast food wrappers.