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Today's Opinions

  • Believe it or not, tourism exists in our community

    Disc golf is not my thing.

    Neither is flying miniature jet airplanes.

    And, while my late father would be so disappointed to hear this, I don't dig bluegrass music either.

    But, just because I don't enjoy those things, doesn't mean there aren't hundreds, if not thousands, of other people who do. In fact, there are people who travel to participate in activities like these. Some even travel to Lebanon, as a matter of fact.

     

  • 2010 legislative session nearing its end

    In the General Assembly during this time of year, "March Madness" refers to more than just a basketball tournament as the final hectic days of the legislative session draw to a close.

    In the state Senate, the focus last week was predictably on the two-year budget, with that chamber considering what changes it will make to the House version approved earlier this month. The Senate is scheduled to vote on a proposal early this week, setting the stage for legislative leaders to come up with a compromise by the end of the month.

  • Senate tackles drugs, domestic violence

    As we wrap up the fiftieth legislative day, the Senate continues to build on our body of work by passing bills addressing domestic violence, education, drug use and treatment, and government efficiencies.

  • HEADS UP

    Eric Daugherty had one question for the hundreds of people gathered in the St. Augustine School gymnasium Saturday afternoon.

    "Are y'all ready to see some hair hit the floor?" he asked.

    Their enthusiastic cheering said they were.

    After Saturday's event, seven hair stylists had shaved more than 100 heads, leaving a sizable pile of hair on the floor. And that's not counting the 10 heads that were shaved at Big Jim's Friday night.

    This was the fourth year for the local St. Baldrick's event and the 10th year events have been held across the nation.

  • Be counted for your community's sake

    The 2010 Census forms should be arriving soon. In fact, by the time you read this, some of you may have already received your forms.

    I hope you will take the time to fill out this year's form, which has just 10 questions. If there is more than one person in your household, some questions will need to be answered more than once.

    Rest assured that the questions are simple, and the form shouldn't take much time to fill out.

  • House approves raising dropout age to 18

    When it comes to education, few days in recent years could rival last Thursday, when the state learned in the morning that it is a "Race to the Top" finalist and the Kentucky House voted overwhelmingly that afternoon to begin raising the high school drop-out age from 16 to 18.

  • 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.