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Opinion

  • Every year since the late 1980s, the Kentucky State Police has published a highly detailed break-down of the previous year’s crimes, giving us a much closer look at – and appreciation of – the work done every day by our law enforcement officers.
    This information from local and state departments alike is also crucial for those who oversee the state’s criminal justice system, because it points out trends that might otherwise go unnoticed and helps us determine the effectiveness of programs designed to make Kentucky safer.

  • Many of you have called or e-mailed me over the last few weeks to share your thoughts on redistricting. I appreciate your involvement in the process.

  • By Kim Bell
    Guest columnist

    90.26 Except in agricultural zoning districts, it shall be unlawful to keep poultry within the corporate limits of the city at any time during any year. (Ord. 08-01, passed Sept. 8, 2008)

    In the Aug. 21, edition of The Lebanon Enterprise, on page A15, the headline reads “Chickens still an issue for city.” The article gave a brief but detailed description of the Lebanon City Council meeting held on Aug. 12.

  • In the name of Kentuckians all along the route of the proposed Bluegrass Pipeline, I write to commend Senator Jimmy Higdon and the other eight Kentucky senators who co-sponsored a resolution expressing the desire of the Senate to protect our state from abuse of eminent domain and from unscrutinized siting of and absence of regulation for the misguided and frightening project called the Bluegrass Pipeline.

  • Last week, the General Assembly returned to the Capitol to re-draw the geographic lines that govern the 100-member House of Representatives and the 38-member Senate.
    It’s something we and every other state are called upon to do each decade, to reflect the differences in population found by the Census.

  • Terry Ward was like the uncle I never had.
    From basically the moment I was born he was like family.
    He and my mom and dad were the best of friends.

  • Driving while under the influence is an avoidable, inexcusable crime, and I applaud any community that has zero tolerance for it.

  • Rarely a week passes that I don’t receive a call or an e-mail from a constituent looking for contact information on a wide range of issues, including the critically important hotline to help prevent suicide among our veterans.

  • In today’s data-driven age, there is no shortage of comparative lists that states can use to check the progress they’re making. The rankings may not shed much light individually, but when enough are brought together, a much clearer picture begins to emerge.
    With that in mind, Kentucky and 14 of her fellow southern states got a chance earlier this summer to see how each stacks up in some especially crucial areas.

  • Pipeline people are singing out of tune
    "Amazing grace, how sweet the sound..." Yet, we were disturbed to read the Enterprise report that at last week's information meeting, Bluegrass pipeline officials, backed up by police, told the good Sisters of Loretto to stop the flow of their pipeline of grace, and stop singing.

  • At 11:37 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 9, my house was filled with smoke. More than likely, a melted gas line was already causing a blow-torch effect that burned through our basement floor, charred our first floor hallway and caused our cat, Moe, to perish from smoke inhalation.
    At 11:37 a.m., my friend, the newspaper publisher, called me to ask my house number.
    "475."
    "Your house is on fire."

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  • We may be a little more than halfway through 2013, but in Washington and state governments across the country, the focus is increasingly on federal actions taken in 2011.
    The issue can be summed up in one word: sequestration.

  • Say no to Bluegrass Pipeline
    We wish to commend all members of Marion County Fiscal Court for passage of the resolution to protect the health, safety, and property rights of citizens in this county against those private out-of-state interests involved with the proposed Bluegrass Pipeline.
    In this, our day of often lagging and unresponsive governmental leadership, our faith in fundamentals of the American way has been restored.

  • I was in the middle of writing this column when an email arrived in my inbox from BluegrassPipeline@Wiliams.com.
    “Recent news stories have given many Kentuckians an incorrect view of this project and what it means for the Commonwealth,” the email read.

  • For generations now, students have been taught that Abraham Lincoln was the first native Kentuckian to be U.S. President.
    Technically speaking, however, that’s not true.

  • By Hillary C. Wright
    Guest columnist

  • As we look for ways to increase Kentucky’s competitiveness, we are also looking for ways to reduce excessive spending and keep taxpayers from being unduly burdened. 

  • By Lynne B. Robey

    Executive Director, Central Kentucky Community Action Council

    Central Kentucky Community Action Council, Inc. is a 501(c)3 private nonprofit organization, established in 1966, that provides services to approximately 9,000 families, including 20,000 persons of low income in our eight county service area that includes Breckinridge, Grayson, Hardin, LaRue, Marion, Meade, Nelson and Washington Counties. Our central office is located in Lebanon.

  • By Joe Stevens

    Guest Columnist

    The IRS treats everyone the same, appointed government officials do not have leanings towards the party that appointed them, the Benghazi attack on Sept. 11, 2012 was not a terrorist attack, the shooting at the U.S. Air Force Base in Texas was “workplace violence,” and there were no private deals made by the Marion County School Board when considering the next superintendent.