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Opinion

  • This week, as it has regularly done since Kentucky became the nation’s 15th state in 1792, the General Assembly returns to the Capitol to start another legislative session.
    Since it is an even-numbered year, the House and Senate will meet for 60 working days and wrap up our work by April 15, as required by Kentucky’s constitution.
    Our biggest task during this time will be enacting a two-year state budget that will take effect next July. While it is too soon to say what policy decisions will be made, the overall numbers are already known.

  • As we get ready to close out 2015, let me wish you and your family a happy New Year!
    It’s time again for members of the Kentucky General Assembly to meet for a 60-day legislative session that is frequently called a “budget session.” During this time, my colleagues and I will work to develop a two-year budget for state government. We will also discuss other issues important to Kentuckians including jobs, economic development, education and health care.

  • As the General Assembly readies for a return to the Capitol next week to start another legislative session, it is worth taking a look back on what has happened since the last one ended in late March.
    This period is known as the interim, and it gives the House and Senate’s two dozen joint committees – plus several temporary ones – time to review the issues affecting the state in a less pressure-filled setting. In some cases, meetings are held across the state.

  • By Jerisia Lamons

    Teamwork makes the dream work.
    That mantra is essential for job seekers. The job search process has evolved into a more tactical process. As such, a strong, broad professional network has become a crucial resource in the job search process.
    A professional network consists of connected, like-minded people willing to help you achieve professional goals and improve your career. This team of people understands your skills and career goals, and can leverage their own networks to improve your chances of landing the right job.

  • In the Best of Marion County section last week, Henry Brockman was listed on the back page for Best Concrete Finishers. As reflected on the inside of the section, Brockman and Sons, owned by Tracy Brockman, was actually voted Best of Marion County this year. We regret this error and any confusion it might have caused.

  • As we approach the holidays I would like to take this opportunity to say Merry Christmas to each of you and to your family. My wish is that you can take time out of your busy schedules to enjoy family and celebrate the reason for the season.
    The holidays provide a brief break before the 2016 General Assembly. The debate of how to address the Kentucky employees’ and teachers’ retirement systems combined estimated $25 billion in unfunded liabilities will likely dominate to session as legislators work to pass the state’s next 24-month budget.

  • Around this time of year, we often find ourselves counting, whether it is the number of days left in the year, the number of presents we still need to buy or the number of calories we put on our plates. The holidays are when many count their blessings as well.
    In that regard, 2015 has turned out to be a pretty good year in many respects for the commonwealth.

  • Horatio "Bud" Olive
    Deceased: Dec. 8, 2015
    Born: Jan. 15, 1936

    That’s the only information included in Horatio “Bud” Olive’s obituary on the Oldham County Funeral Home’s website.
    His name, his birth date and his death date.
    That’s all.
    But, after talking with two of his friends at his funeral Friday, I know a little bit more about him. I wish I knew more.
    I know that he was born and raised in San Diego, California.

  • As the fog lifted on Dec. 8 for the inaugural celebrations in Frankfort, I was reminded of the smooth transition of power we enjoy in our Commonwealth – and nation.
    In a fitting tribute to that transition Gov. Steve Beshear participated in the parade honoring the person replacing him as chief executive of Kentucky. In addition, former governors Paul E. Patton, Brereton Jones, Martha Layne Collins and John W. Brown Jr. joined in the parade.

  • If you’re still looking for that perfect gift, or for an experience that puts a Kentucky spin on the season, the good news is that there is no shortage of opportunities even as time starts to draw short.

  • Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.
    But, his real name is Harry VanWhy.
    And, he doesn’t live at the North Pole. He lives in Lebanon, Kentucky.
    His day job includes owning and managing a successful accounting and tax preparation business, but during this time of the year he spends virtually all of his time spreading cheer and happiness everywhere he goes.

  • By G.B. Dixon

  • About 16 years ago, as most states were deciding how best to spend their portion of a landmark settlement reached with the major tobacco companies, Kentucky took an innovative approach that is continuing to pay substantial dividends.
    Under that agreement, half of the annual payments are set aside for agriculture and the other half is split equally between early childhood development and healthcare programs.

  • By Jack Daniel Taylor

    Today’s workforce has seen a shift away from the standard job with fixed salary and paid holidays. For many reasons, more people than ever are choosing a freelance career. 

  • By G.B. Dixon

  • With Thanksgiving behind us and Christmas and New Year’s Eve fast approaching, the General Assembly is winding down what it calls the interim and is preparing for the 2016 legislative session, which will start on Jan. 5 and last for 60 working days.
    Although it is impossible to predict what ultimately will become law, we are getting a clearer idea of the major topics that will be debated.

  • By Carrie Bridgman

    Since the terrorist attacks in Paris, our politicians are declaring that they don't want to accept any Syrian refugees. Hundreds of thousands of people are fleeing ISIS and fleeing Bashar al Assad, who has repeatedly dropped chemical weapons on cities. Where do we expect them to go? "Home" is not an option.  European countries were struggling before the refugees arrived. Our economy isn't fabulous, but it's in better shape than the economies of much of the rest of the world, and we've got more room.

  • By Linda Ireland
    Guest columnist

     
    We welcomed a child into our family in May.
    Samuel Bedane (B’donny) is the fourth child of my daughter, Amanda Higginbotham and her husband, Adam. He has big brown eyes, just like his three sisters – but it’s due to chance, not heredity.
    Bedane – or “Nonny” as he likes to call himself - is adopted.
    I met my granddaughters very soon after they were born. I learned their personalities, their likes and dislikes - their hearts - as they grew.

  • This week, our family and friends will gather around the dinner table as they have for generations to celebrate a holiday that is nearing its 400th anniversary.
    As even some of our youngest students can tell us, what is widely considered to be America’s first Thanksgiving took place in 1621, when the Pilgrims and a tribe of Native Americans came together for a three-day feast to give thanks for a successful harvest.

  • By Patricia Krausman

    As the holiday shopping season gets underway, and as you rush about from store to store looking for the perfect gift for a friend or loved one, consider what shopping local means for our region’s economy.
    This Saturday is Small Business Saturday, a time when customers are encouraged to shop locally for their holiday gifts and purchases and to recognize the role small businesses play in keeping our communities prosperous.