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Opinion

  • 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.

  • There were several Interim Joint Committee meetings this past week, including a Special Subcommittee on Energy that focused on Kentucky’s struggling coal industry and the adverse impact of impending federal regulations. The decline in coal production that could result from these regulations is not just an Eastern Kentucky issue, but a serious statewide issue, as well.

  • Say no to pipeline
    I have followed, with interest, the developments surrounding the so-called 
    Bluegrass pipeline and still, for the life of me cannot figure out where the long term benefit is for the residents along the proposed route of Kentucky (Marion, LaRue, Nelson, Hardin, Anderson, Woodford, Scott, Franklin, etc). I ask you, is it really worth the offered price to have your land disturbed for construction and to be at the mercy of the pipeline for any projects where ground is broken?

  • By Melissa Lee Knight
     
    My brother, Larry Lee, suffered a brain injury at the age of 12 from a farm accident and though it seemed he healed physically in a relatively short time, by the time he reached high school we realized his injury would have repercussions that affected his whole life. We knew Larry’s symptoms were a direct result of a very traumatic brain injury, but not all head injuries are that easy to spot. 

  • They may be relatively unknown, and their subject matter may be a little dry, but the eight economists who comprise the Consensus Forecasting Group have a powerful role to play: They determine just how much money state government can expect.
    As anyone who has ever put a budget together knows, it can be tough to predict what a year will bring. Their job, however, is even more difficult: They have to look more than 30 months ahead, to cover not just the two-year span for the budget but also the six additional months needed to prepare, pass and implement it.

  • FRANKFORT – The past couple of weeks have been busy in and around Frankfort with joint committee meetings on a wide range of issues including the DOD’s planned forced brigade reduction at Ft. Knox, the possible ways to help SNAP recipients better balance their food budgets, and the impact of impending federal regulations on coal.

  • I received a phone call Friday from a citizen concerned about the Bluegrass Pipeline. He’d heard it could be coming through the northwestern part of Marion County.
    If you haven’t heard about the pipeline, here’s what I’ve been able to learn so far.  According to the official website for the project (bluegrasspipeline.com), The Williams and Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, LP, are working on the project, which would transport natural gas liquids from Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio to the northeastern United States and the Gulf Coast.

  • For those of us who recall what it was like to have dinner regularly interrupted by unwanted telemarketers, late last month was a special time, because it marked the 10th anniversary of the National Do Not Call Registry.

  • I celebrated my birthday last week, and while I’m a year older, I’m still too young to have experienced the Elvis Presley era.
    Well, I got a glimpse of it Friday night right here in Lebanon.
    And, let me tell you, it was an experience.
    As I stood in line waiting to enter Angelic Hall for Eddie Miles’ concert - “A Salute to Elvis and Country Legends” - I felt a little out of place because, well, almost everyone else was a tad bit older than me.

  • My name is Tyler Gribbins and I would like to tell you about one thing that matters most to me, and that is about having two moms. For 11 years now I have grown up with two mom, Leigh Ann Fogle and Debbie Gribbins. Most people are against gay women or gay men, but I am 100 percent for being yourself. When people put mean things in the newspaper about gay is a horrible thing. It really upsets me and my two moms. Now I will give you examples.

  • As we mark the reopening of Highway 247, I would like to express my appreciation to Governor Steve Beshear and the Transportation Cabinet officials in Elizabethtown for making the repair of the highway, as well as the Bull Run Creek safety project, high priorities for emergency funding.

  • At the end of each legislative session, there is understandably a lot of discussion about what the General Assembly has passed.
    Although not given as much fanfare, the early to middle part of summer is an important period as well, because – other than those relatively rare cases when there is a specific enactment date or an emergency clause – that is when all legislation actually takes effect.  This year, that date fell on June 25.

  • In last week’s story “Fighting to Survive” about Marion Adjustment Center, Warden Daniel Akers was incorrectly identified as David Akers.
    In last week’s sports section, a cutline from the recent Dirt Bowl incorrectly identified a player as Spencer Riggs. The player should have been identified as Antonio Douglas.