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Today's Opinions

  • Senator concerned about proposed tax changes

    Even before the House of Representatives passed its $17.5 billion budget proposal, the Senate Appropriations and Revenue Committee had our first meeting to discuss some of the tax measures that affect business. I am very concerned that these measures will hinder job creation. In the committee, I heard testimony from 10 business representatives who discussed how taxing businesses, including farms, which are already struggling would have a negative impact on employment.

  • House approves its version of budget

    After nearly two months of work, and in the face of a $1.2 billion deficit, the Kentucky House of Representatives voted this past week for a two-year budget that streamlines state government while investing in the Commonwealth.

    Legislators have known for months that the budget would be difficult to write, given the nation's worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.

  • Let's hear it for the girls

    Wednesday of last week, the Marion County High School girls' basketball team made its first appearance in the Sweet 16 since 1995.

    Let that sink in for a moment.

    This year's Lady Knights did something that has only been done a handful of times in the history of MCHS.

    They won regional and district championships, and they finished the season 33-2, an outstanding mark, by any standard.

  • End of an era

    "Go Cards. Beat Purdue."

    I don't remember who Louisville's basketball team was playing when I first heard that cheer, but I'm positive it wasn't the Boilermakers. I was a child, and I recall asking an adult, either my father or one of my uncles why the fans said Purdue.

  • Contributions to statewide candidates may be restricted

    With less than 21 legislative days of the 2010 General Assembly Session remaining, the Senate continues to address a wide variety of issues as we await the House of Representatives to wrap up work on their budget proposal.

    This week, the Senate passed legislation that will strengthen government ethics, help the Department of Education better classify school buildings, and protect our children from a new hallucinogenic drug.

  • PRIMARY SHIFT

    Monday, letters were sent to The Lebanon Enterprise and The Casey County News by the two candidates who had filed to run in the Republican primary May 18. Bill Pikerill announced that he is withdrawing from the race for the 24th District state representative seat. That leaves Leo Johnson as the only Republican candidate remaining. What follows are the letters submitted by Pickerill and Johnson.

    It is with deep regret that I announce today that I am ending my candidacy and I am withdrawing my name for the House of Representative's 24th District.

  • Senate discusses Bible class as an elective

    The State Senate dealt with a wide-ranging legislation this week addressing issues such as teaching the Bible in schools, cutting red-tape for businesses, reducing jail costs for counties, and helping severely emotionally-challenged children.

    The United States' legal system is based, in part, on the Judeo-Christian tradition. The Bible is a rich source of history, sociology, and literature. Senate Bill 142 requires the Department of Education to formulate guidelines for public schools to teach the Bible as an elective social studies course.

  • House considers penalties for 'sexting'

    Last week, as House leaders continued working on the final details of a budget plan that should be ready soon for a vote, the spotlight fell on our Judiciary Committee.

    On Wednesday, it approved two bills that have gotten a lot of attention lately, and both deal with our younger citizens.