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Opinion

  • This week, as the 2009 Session resumed, we passed or moved along bills aimed at holding your government and electoral processes visible and publically accountable, from campaigns to officeholders to lobbyists.

  • As we weathered the recent snow and ice, it was easy to take note of the damage it brought. There were trees down, cars off to the sides of the roads, and the unsettling darkness in our homes when the lights should have been on. Mother Nature then changed course by following her winter display and frigid temperatures, with a couple of unseasonably warm days, allowing us the opportunity to clean up most of the leftover debris while the neighborhood kids rode their bikes. Not wanting to spoil us, she then treated us to a day of high brisk winds followed by a rainbow over Elk Creek.

  • I am writing this letter in response to a recent decision made by the “new” officers of the Spencer County Youth Baseball Association (SCYBA). 

    Many of you know my husband Doug Lambdin, whether it be from youth football, youth basketball, or church, but most of you know him from youth baseball.  Although he has helped with and coached football and basketball, most of his time over the past 6 years have been spent on the baseball fields of Spencer County. 

  • by Rep. BRAD MONTELL

    R-House Dist. 58

    The legislature approved last week a rescue plan to plug the projected $456 million hole in the state budget this fiscal year with a combination of new revenue, spending cuts and fund transfers. The plan, which was passed by the House on Wednesday and cleared the Senate Friday, is contained in two bills that House and Senate leaders were able to reach consensus on in recent weeks. The bills will take effect immediately upon Governor Steve Beshear’s expected signature.

  • by Rep. KENT STEVENS

    D-House Dist. 55

    The Kentucky House of Representatives and Senate took the first significant step in addressing the state’s budget crisis by passing House Bill 144 this week.  The House passed the bill by a vote of 66-34.

     For the past several weeks House and Senate leaders have met to work out details of the budget, conferring with Gov. Beshear and administration officials on a consistent basis.  Our revenue plan meets the governor’s revenue request by raising more than $300 million over the next biennium.

  • My heart goes out to the school board as they make some tough decisions. I also had to make tough decisions when it came to budgets while I was chief of police of Taylorsville. What I do cut, and where do I cut it.

  • by CONGRESSMAN BRETT GUTHRIE

    R- Kentucky’s Second District

    America is in the middle of a serious recession that is hurting working families and small businesses.  Now, more than ever before, we need to work across party lines to put our country back on a path toward economic growth. 

  • I am writing in response to the letter last week regarding Spencer County Youth Basketball.

    The coaches are volunteer parents who are giving their time to teach the game of basketball and provide a good experience for our children. Good sportsmanship is important and I believe that it has been emphasized.

    Anytime you have 10 children on the court playing enthusiastically there will be some “rough play”, but from what I have seen it is not intentional and the kids are out there having fun.

  • During the recent ice storm, I passed some time looking at my seed catalogs by the light of a coal-oil lamp and wishing for spring. For the past five years, I’ve prepared a huge seed order in preparation for planting my gardens and growing produce and flowers to sell at our local farmers market. I had planned to participate in the market again this year, but sadly I am unable to do so because of a rule change.

  • by SENATOR GARY TAPP

    R-Senate District 20

    Every year, many good bills fail simply because there isn’t enough time for both chambers to fully consider them. That’s especially true in a 30-day “short session” like this year’s. In the last two weeks, however, the Senate has taken early action on major legislation, giving the House more time to study those bills.

  • Last week I was listening to an expert panel of economists and their future forecast is one that should trouble the entire world.  For the first time in my life I have become “economically frightened.”  Not for myself, but for my children, my grandchildren and all the young people of this country. 

  • The following is a partial letter I wrote to a good friend of mine who lives in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where the weather has been 82 degrees with sunshine and warm island breezes.  While tropical winds were blowing south of us, we were in the midst of one of the worst winter ice storms on record.

     

    “Dear Jim,

  • I just wanted to commend those that manned the Emergency Shelter during the ice storm week before last.  Specifically, JD Fleming and his family.  JD is an EMT and he worked almost 24 hours a day to monitor the shelter which served several people with medical conditions.  No matter how tired he was, he always had a smile on his face and was ready to tackle whatever needed to be done.

  • Since some of us had to cut back on what we spend at local businesses (producing local jobs)because of the new tax on our homeowners insurance, what does the county government plan for an encore?  A tax on taxes?

     Why are high schools changing their school colors to black?  Are black uniforms cheaper than blue ones?  Are they just copying off UofL?  If UofL people jump off the bridge, will high school people jump too?

  • Over the past several weeks I have watched our kids play basketball in the parks and recreations league. Unfortunately there has been some rough play by several teams in the second and third grade age group league. The coaches have not tried in the least to take their teams aside to tell them that this is not acceptable.  All they care about is wins for their team. 

  • In response to a previous letter titled “Cemetery should respect flag.”

    The Valley Cemetery Board would like to clarify that Mr. Robinson’s flag pole had not been “chopped down,” as Ms. Waldridge implied. However, in November we had a strong wind storm that blew Mr. Robinson’s flag pole down along with others.

  • With all the things going on in the world right now, there is one extremely important issue that I believe has been forgotten about by most people.

    This week marks the anniversary of the 1973 Supreme Court deceision,”Roe vs Wade”. I realize that the subject of abortion brings about very emotional responses from people on both sides of the issue, but this issue should never be put out of our minds.

    I believe that life begins at conception. In Jeremiah 1:5, scripture records, “ Before you were formed in the womb, I knew you”.

  • I am a relatively new resident of Taylorsville and would like to pass on some good news in this time of bad news for many.

    When the winter storm hit us last week, our power went out. It left us with no heat or way to cook our food. My wife and I were getting concerned and cold. The loud speaker which we heard telling us of the shelter at the hight school was great.

    I did not know many of our local city, county and state officials prior to Wednesday. but at the shelter, I got to see them all at work together - key word “together”.

  • We would like to thank our great friends and neighbors, the Manning family, Acker family, Schaffer family, Edwards family, Keefe family, Berry family, and all the others that have called, offered help and opened their homes, but most of all their prayers. Without you we would have not made it through.

    The Williams family

    Waterford

    Editor’s note: The Williams family have been milking their 45 cows by hand twice each day since they lost power last Tuesday.