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Opinion

  • While many in Frankfort and the media focused on a select few issues this session, there were many other successes of the General Assembly in 2018.

    I was proud to support initiatives that truly put some of the most vulnerable members of our society first, including children, law enforcement, and the unborn.

  • The Lebanon Enterprise recently published the TriCounty United Way allocations for 2018 for Central Kentucky Community Action Council, Inc. These funds are generated through voluntary payroll deductions from the employees of local businesses.

  • It should come as no surprise that I’m not a fan of closed meetings. I dislike them for several reasons.

    1.) I have to patiently sit and wait for the closed session to be over, and I’m usually hungry. That’s a dangerous combination.

  • Nothing makes me more excited for people than when I see them going after their dreams. I am so lucky that my line of work gives me the opportunity to see every day people reaching out for what they want and either getting a hold of it, or are coming pretty close to finally getting there. I’ve met a lot of people lately that truly inspire me by the determination they have, enough that it often brings tears to my eyes. 

  • The law banning the military type gun should include any gun invented in the future that is near the fire power or exceeds the fire power of the military type guns now in use. 

  • By State Representative Brandon Reed
     
    This past week, the legislature overrode the governor’s vetoes of a pro-education budget and comprehensive tax reform. I was proud of these measures, which placed a high priority on providing record funding to our pension systems, increasing per-pupil education funding, and allowing working Kentuckians to keep more of their take-home pay.

  • After House concurrence of a compromise two-year spending plan, we have sent the Governor a budget that fully funds Kentucky’s pension systems, boosts education funding, and prioritizes public safety. We also modernized Kentucky’s outdated, uncompetitive tax code for the first time in years, broadening the base while lowering the income tax for all working Kentuckians to 5 percent.

  • Kentucky’s legislature has never exactly been a beacon of model behavior. I can recall Operation Boptrot, when more than a dozen state legislators were convicted of accepting bribes.

    I don’t suspect that anyone in the 2018 General Assembly will be convicted of criminal activity, which in a way makes what they’ve done legally even more shameful.

  • If you’re a job seeker, one of the most valuable benefits of a career fair is the rare opportunity to speak directly to employers who are hiring. It’s a chance to make an impression, and in some cases get an on-the-spot interview. Career fairs are also a way for you to learn information about a company that might not be in its job postings or on its website.

  • People have differing views on matters concerning our school system in Marion County and I respect different opinions on these issues.

  • Kentucky Retirement Systems stakeholders are shocked and appalled by the actions of the General Assembly regarding public pensions. Last week, in the space of about nine hours, the majority party produced a 291-page pension bill and voted it out of the House and Senate. Senate Bill 151 awaits Gov. Matt Bevin’s signature.

  • Dear citizen,

    “The advantage of being armed…the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation…in the several kingdoms of Europe…the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.” (James Madison, The Federalist, 46) (p.107, vol.71, firearms news)

    Beware of Federal Bill 5087.

    K.L. Jones

    Bradfordsville,

  • I’m so proud and amazed by these children who are protesting and organizing marches to end the gun violence. For me, this is, “Déjà vu, all over again…” (Yogi Bara).

  • President Lincoln once said, “Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.” This is one piece of advice that I am taking to heart as we head into the final stretch of the 2018 session.

  • Rapidly nearing the last days of the 2018 regular session, the Senate passed our version of the state budget during the 12th week. The executive branch budget, contained in House Bill 200, put an emphasis on public safety by investing in law enforcement, the state crime lab, frontline social workers, and foster and adoption services. I voted yes on HB 200 to move the process along, and the budget now goes to conference committee.

  • By Tom Eblen

    Lexington Herald-Leader

     

    Just when you thought Gov. Matt Bevin couldn’t stick his foot further into his mouth, he goes on the radio and lets loose a new blizzard of insults and nonsense.

    Appearing on WVLC radio in Campbellsville on March 13, Bevin went off on Kentucky teachers angry that he and Republican lawmakers want to cut billions from their retirement benefits.