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Today's Opinions

  • COLUMN: Public employee pension bill is first passed by Senate

    This week was a busy one as the General Assembly reconvened on Tuesday to a full agenda, including committee meetings and the passage of several pieces of important legislation.
    As a result of the hard work over the summer and fall by a bipartisan task force made up of Senate and House members, the Senate was able to work quickly to take the first step to address the huge unfunded liability in our public employee pension system.

  • COLUMN: Everyone deserves a second chance

    I met some very nice, hard-working, well-mannered men this weekend while working on a story that I hope you read on the front page — and if I hadn’t been told these men were Class D felons currently serving time in the Shelby County Detention Center, I wouldn’t have been able to tell.
    But again, that was the purpose of the story, so I actually did know going in.

  • COLUMN: Grimes updates task force on military voting, redistricting

    In 2012, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes formed a special task force to facilitate communications between her office and county clerks. The task force is the first of its kind in Kentucky, and I am one of 12 county clerks from across the state participating.  The task force most recently met on January 22, 2013, in Frankfort to discuss new initiatives that will assist county clerks and members of the armed services.

  • LETTER: Kudos to the county road department

    I would like to bring to our community’s attention the Spencer County Road Department and the help they have been. My hat’s off to all the road department’s staff and the hard work that goes with being a part of the task in keeping our roads drivable, especially the way our weather has been the past several years.
    This last freezing weather really told the story about their work and the effort that goes forth in helping us get our kids to school as safe as possible.

  • LETTER: Dodge over Ford?

    In reference to the article last week noting that Fiscal Court had approved two Dodge trucks for the Sheriff’s Office — a large portion of Chrysler is now owned by the Italian company Fiat. Chrysler is not even considered an American company by many these days because of the purchase by Fiat.
    I understand Ford is not currently building a “police package” so the Chrysler cars I see running about town are understandable.

  • LETTER: ‘Coal ash’ isn’t best option

    I would like to ask the citizens of Spencer County if they agree with the road department spreading coal ash on our roads.
    It tracks onto my driveway and into my garage and house. It washes off the roads and pollutes the streams and lakes. When it’s dry, the traffic kicks up dust.
    I do appreciate them brine treating and plowing. I believe coal ash is a hazardous material. I would rather deal with the snow than black ash.

  • COLUMN: News changes with the weather

    I recently saw a humorous cartoon on Facebook that showed four different states in our nation depicting four separate weather conditions — rain, wind, snow and sun.
    The humorous part of the cartoon was that below that separated depiction was a single sketch labeled “Kentucky Weather” which showed four separate weather conditions — rain, wind, snow and sun — all occurring at the same time.
    Thus seems to be the case in Kentucky this week.

  • Dog owner claims ‘Wacko’ could not have been culprit in Waddy attacks

    A Waddy resident has come forward to claim the dog confiscated last week in connection with some animal attacks.
    However, officials at the Shelby County Animal Shelter refuse to release her dog, the owner said.
    “They say they won’t let me have him until they are sure he is not the dog they’re looking for,” said Brenda Tillett of Waddy.
    The pit bull is a suspect in animal mutilations that killed several animals in late November and early December and ripped off a cow’s ears as recently as Jan. 6.