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Today's Opinions

  • Governor passes conservative budget for commonwealth

    The final week of the 2016 General Assembly was marked by the passage of a $21 billion spending plan for the two-year period beginning July 1, and it is being hailed as the most conservative budget the commonwealth has seen in a generation.
    Governor Matt Bevin set the parameters for the state budget debate when he announced his proposed budget in January. He proposed major funding increases to Kentucky’s struggling pension systems and asked other areas of state government to participate in funding reductions.

  • Funding our colleges and universities should be a priority

    A quarter-century ago, Kentucky had nowhere to go but up when it came to the education levels of adults 25 and older.
    Only two-thirds had graduated from high school, and less than a sixth had earned a bachelor’s degree. No state had a lower combined percentage.

  • Internships: Growth opportunity for students, mentors

    By Dr. Thelma White

    A recent study by the Chronicle of Education found that many employers value work experience, particularly internships and employment during school, in addition to grade-point average and college major.
    While it’s still important for students to pursue a strong academic foundation and have a focused career path, we have increasingly encouraged our students to supplement their education with real work experience. 

  • The value of professional mentorship

    By Dr. Evelyn Ellis

    It’s been said that mentoring is a brain to pick, an ear to listen and a push in the right direction.
    In this column, I want to talk about the value of professional mentorship.  In my role with WKU Elizabethtown-Fort Knox and as a member of the Lincoln Trail Workforce Development Board, I’m charged with helping people succeed in their chosen career fields, from pursuing their education to connecting them with employers.

  • Commisson must follow open meetings law

    The Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission are supposed to be the fun people in government. Lately, that hasn’t been the case.
    Two of the last three meetings were plagued by closed sessions, talks of discipline or removal of Executive Director Nena Olivier, and personnel decisions were discussed when the public had the right to know what was going on.

  • Letter to the Editor - May 4, 2016

    Editor’s note: This letter was written in response to an article in last week’s edition about Calvary Elementary School’s students completing the “Leader in Me” program.

    Leader In Me program should be dropped

  • Governor’s vetoes are a disappointment

    Other than constitutional amendments, which go before the voters, every bill the General Assembly passes has to clear one final hurdle before becoming law: The governor’s pen.
    The governor has the authority to sign or reject bills, or to let them become law without a signature. He or she can only approve or veto bills in their entirety – except in budgetary matters, which can be line-item vetoed without affecting the rest.

  • The heart of education