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Opinion

  • 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.

  • 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, Inc.

    Central Kentucky Community Action Council, Inc. is a 501c3 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.

  • Of all the challenges Kentucky can expect to face in the years ahead, few if any are bigger than improving our collective health.
    In some key areas, we already have a good head start. Kentucky is among the top 20 states in fighting infectious diseases, for example, with the use of vaccines high and the percentage of older citizens getting a flu shot above the national average.

  • It’s been a busy few months for the Marion County Board of Education. Many things have happened in a very short amount of time. So, let’s review…
    Superintendent Chuck Hamilton unexpectedly announced his retirement on May 2, and the search for a new superintendent began immediately.
    On June 25, the board hired Steve Burkich as the acting superintendent of Marion County Public Schools.