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Today's Opinions

  • Final rush of bills as the end of session nears

    We are entering the home-stretch of the 2012 General Assembly with the attendant rush of bills as legislators feel the urgency of the dwindling days. The Senate had a very full week with legislation, committee meetings, and we received the budget proposal from the House as well as the state's road plan. Visits from groups ranging from home-schoolers to the AARP to 4H also came to the capitol to see their legislator and press for their causes.

  • House focuses on youngest, oldest citizens

    Most legislation that the General Assembly passes each year falls in one of two categories: It either protects, or it promotes.

    That was especially evident this past week in the Kentucky House of Representatives, which voted for bills that range from further limiting abuse of our youngest and oldest citizens to helping more students in the coalfields of Eastern Kentucky get their four-year college degree.

  • Final rush of bills as the end of session nears

    We are entering the home-stretch of the 2012 General Assembly with the attendant rush of bills as legislators feel the urgency of the dwindling days. The Senate had a very full week with legislation, committee meetings, and we received the budget proposal from the House as well as the state's road plan. Visits from groups ranging from home-schoolers to the AARP to 4H also came to the capitol to see their legislator and press for their causes.

  • Continue to remember tornado victims

  • House makes its budget proposal

    For the last several years, the biggest challenge facing the General Assembly and Governor Steve Beshear has been keeping the state on track as it weathers the toughest worldwide recession in more than 70 years.

  • Unfair labor practices and bullies in the workplace

    By Roger Mattingly
    Guest columnist

    I believe there is a lot of injustice going on here in Marion County. The injustice I'm speaking about pertains to the way that many employers are treating their employees in our work force. It's past and long overdue for someone to speak out about these types of issues.
    Employees deserve to be treated with respect, dignity, fairness and non-discrimination practices. They need to be treated like people instead of animals or robots. Employees need to be listened to, whenever they have a legitimate complaint.

  • Letter: Veteran condemns killing of civilians

    As a Vietnam veteran, I must speak out condemning the recent civilian killings in Afghanistan by one of our U.S. soldiers in the heat of active battle with the enemy, civilians sometimes get injured or killed. That is an unfortunate cost of waging war.
    For anyone to seek out innocent civilians, in their homes, to kill is blatantly murder and should be dealt with accordingly. Sadly, our other soldiers will be targeted now out of retaliation for this crime. My prayers go out to all those families affected.
    Barney Tharp
    Lebanon

  • Let's hear it for the girls

    The Marion County Lady Knights have a lot to celebrate.
    They have completed the most successful run in the history of Marion County girls basketball. During the past three seasons, the Lady Knights have won back-to-back-to-back regional titles. They've made it to the final four of the Sweet Sixteen two years in a row.
    And this year, they became the first Lady Knights team to reach the state finals.
    Let that sink in for a moment.