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Opinion

  • 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

  • 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.

  • By Jim Skees

    Across the country, a lack of skilled workers is challenging employers both large and small in a number of industries. 
    We face the same workforce concerns in Kentucky and the Lincoln Trail region. That’s one reason why the Kentucky Career Center – Lincoln Trail and the Lincoln Trail Workforce Development Board work vigorously to support job seekers and connect them with area employers.

  • Imagine waking up this morning and finding out that you need a life-saving organ to survive.
    You, a family member or a friend might be living that reality today.
    Or, you might find out tomorrow that you need a new kidney.
    Or, a week from now your doctor could tell you that your child needs a new heart, your mother needs new lungs or your father needs a new liver to survive.
    Can you imagine?
    More than 1,000 adults and children in Kentucky are living that reality right now. They are waiting for a life-saving transplant this very second.

  • Vision becomes reality
    Six years ago the three of us started out with a goal to raise autism awareness and have our first autism walk. We have been touched and overwhelmed every year by this great community that has supported us in this endeavor. We ultimately wanted to have a "safe" place for individuals affected by autism to go and bring experiences to them that they may not otherwise experience due to sensory or social deficits.

  • Legislative sessions tend to be remembered for just a handful of new laws, and this year’s, which ended April 15, is no different.
    The budget was understandably the most prominent, with its chief highlight being the significant amount of new money the General Assembly put toward the unfunded liabilities of our public retirement systems.

  • By Harry VanWhy
    Guest columnist

    It was June 9, 2011. This was the night that my 20-year-old nephew would receive his new lungs. I was there at the Tampa Hospital to be beside my brother, Dave, while he waited for his son, Davey, to receive his life-saving new lungs.

  • It's time to call a spade a spade.
    In last week’s edition, we published a story about a committee that has formed to petition to recall the nickel tax.
    Four of the five Marion Countians on the committee also petitioned to put the nickel tax to a vote in 2007. Randall Lawson, Richie Lee, Robby Shewmaker and Robert Darrell Shewmaker were involved in a similar effort then, and they were successful in their efforts. The nickel tax was put on the ballot in November of 2008, and was recalled. (This time, Joe Livers has joined the committee.)

  • By Brittany S. Greenwell
    Guest columnist

  • For more than a decade now, the most pressing long-term problem in Kentucky has been the growing liabilities of our public retirement systems for teachers and state employees.
    Both systems had far more than they needed a dozen or so years ago, but two recessions since then have swept most of those gains away.
    While the systems are able to pay monthly benefits, they are still having to sell assets, making it tougher for their other investments to compensate. This trend could be catastrophic in a decade or two if we don’t act now.

  • By The Kentucky New Era Editorial Board

    It’s a rare job that would pay someone to work extra days if they failed to meet a deadline that was agreed upon well in advance. But that’s the deal for members of the Kentucky General Assembly if they don’t reach an agreement soon on the state’s 2016-18 budget. They would come back for a special session called by the governor to finish their work — and do it at the expense of taxpayers.

  • By The Kentucky Standard Editorial Board

    It took many years to test the waters of opening juvenile court proceedings with Kentucky legislators, but, finally, many agree that passing Senate Bill 40 is the first step in the right direction.
    While SB40 doesn’t open all juvenile court proceedings in all Kentucky courtrooms, it is allowing, for the first time, a creation of a small number of pilot sites in Kentucky courts that will open child abuse and neglect proceedings.

  • The other side of the story
    First and foremost, I believe that the people of Lebanon are only hearing one side of the story when it comes to the actions that are currently being discussed in the English department at Marion County High School. I believe it’s time to hear from a student. As a Marion County High School graduate and valedictorian of the 2013 class, I am blown away by the backlash towards the English department by some in our community. Every college student is busy, but I believe it is more important for me to address these concerns.

  • This week, the General Assembly returns to the Capitol for a single day to wrap up the 2016 legislative session.
    While this time traditionally has been set aside just to consider whether the House and Senate should override any vetoes a governor might issue, we have begun in recent years to also use this time to vote on other bills that were unresolved before the veto recess. This year, the biggest of those is the state’s two-year budget.

  • By Ken Begley

    Hey, I’m not kidding with the title of this story.
    Just because you live in small town America do not think there aren’t some incredibly talented folks living all around you doing some unbelievable things.  
    I love this job! I get to meet them and hear their stories!
    Anyway, a friend of mine named Mark told me how his next door neighbor had spent the past five years working part-time on building his own robot. 
    What the heck?
    Mark asked me if I’d like to see it.

  • Addressing Kentucky’s underfunded pension systems was the top priority in the Senate’s version of House Bill (HB) 303, the state’s two-year budget, which passed the Kentucky Senate on March 23.