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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Hats off to law enforcement

    Tuesday was National Law Enforcement Officers Appreciation Day. It’s not a recognized national holiday or widely recognized by the general public, but it seems fitting that those men and women whose goal is to ‘serve and protect’ are worthy of a tip of hat or a pat on the back.

    We live in an age where there’s a lot of anger and suspicion directed at police officers. Some of it is warranted, but most of it is not.

  • 2017 was a year of great accomplishment

    In November 2016, the American people sent President Trump to the White House and Republican majorities back to Congress. We worked together to make 2017, by any objective standard, a year of extraordinary accomplishment. While the national media may overlook or downplay any of these successes, the fact remains that Congress has achieved a number of priorities this past year for the people we represent.

  • Pre-filed bills in Frankfort deal with pension, state employment

    State government is shrinking under Gov. Matt Bevin, and state Sen. Julian Carroll, D-Frankfort, pre-filed a bill last month that aims to address that decrease.

  • Policy on election letters coming soon

    Over the next couple of weeks, The Spencer Magnet will be reviewing and publishing our new letters policy that will cover letters during the upcoming primary election season.

    Our intent is to allow the free exchange of ideas and opinions, but not to permit this newspaper to be used as a tool by those who wish to cast personal campaigns. We will also be looking at limits to how often and when actual candidates can submit letters to the editor.

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  • The new year brings new opportunities

    As we wrap up Christmas and 2017 comes to a close, it is important to look back on all the significant accomplishments Kentucky has experienced this past year.

    It has been a record-breaking year for business investments thanks to pro-growth legislation passed by the Republican-controlled General Assembly. Kentucky has seen more than $8.5 billion invested in our economy and in our people. More than 14,900 new well-paid, full-time jobs have been created just since January.

  • We survived our darkest hour

    My wife and I have reached that place in our lives where Christmas afternoons are quiet. Our children are married, which means they have other places to go. So after gifts are unwrapped, batteries are inserted into grandchildren’s toys, and those same toys are stepped on, lost and then found again - they pack up and move on to another home to repeat the chaos, leaving us with an free afternoon and evening.