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Today's Opinions

  • Letters to the Editor

    What’s happening to money raised for animal shelter?

    As an animal advocate, I’m confused as to why Spencer County Fiscal Court is retaining all funds that were raised by animal shelter volunteers .  
    It was my understanding the court was “safely” holding these funds until a nonprofit was formed who would then distribute them accordingly. Now I hear the court has used this money to pay vet bills that should have been paid out of county funds as outlined in KRS 258.119.

  • David Leon Bennett, 79

     

  • State considering $1 cigarette tax

    The chances for improving Kentucky’s health by reducing the state smoking rate through a $1 or more per pack cigarette tax increase are better than they’ve been in years, according to the Coalition for a Smoke-Free Tomorrow. Comprising nearly 150 health, business and advocacy organizations, the Coalition is advocating for the increase to prevent youth tobacco use and significantly reduce smoking in the Commonwealth, particularly among kids, teens, and pregnant women.

  • SBDM Councils are deserving of support

     

  • FROM OUR READERS - Tax reform needed to raise state revenue

    While the discussion in Frankfort lately is about pension reform, many believe the far more serious problem is the unfunded liability in each pension plan.

  • Medicaid policy is liberating

    Every summer, Americans celebrate Independence Day and amidst all the picnics, ballgames and fireworks, some of us still try to honor the spirit of rugged individualism that America was built on.

    Here in Kentucky, many of us trace our roots back to hearty pioneers who followed the path through the Cumberland Gap, or who floated down the Ohio River on flatboats to settle this wild and beautiful land.

  • SBDM Councils a failed product of KERA

    Former House Speaker Jody Richards recently joined the growing chorus of longtime Democratic legislators announcing they would not seek re-election this year.

    Richards, D-Bowling Green, who went to Frankfort the year Jimmy Carter was elected president, pounded the gavel in the House for 14 years, making him the longest-serving Speaker in Kentucky’s history.

  • 2018 Budget session kicks off

    The General Assembly is back in regular session as of January 2 and it looks to be another productive, busy time as over one hundred bills have already been filed, pension reform looms, and a $22 billion budget and road plan must be formulated, debated and passed into law.

    This session is twice as long as last year – 60 days, with our last day being April 15 – in order to craft a budget as well as typical legislation.