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Opinion

  • On March 11, Lebanon Mayor Gary Crenshaw issued a memo stating that city employees should no longer do any work on private property, acknowledging that city employees have assisted homeowners and business owners with minor matters in the past.
    “While these acts may have been performed with good intentions, they must not continue,” Crenshaw wrote.
    He added that going forward, the city would follow the letter of the law.

  • Each legislative session is invariably remembered for one or two high-profile laws, but there are always many others that, while not getting as much attention, are important as well.

  • “Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.”

  • The Marion County Lady Knights have had quite a ride during the past four years.
    Four straight trips to the Sweet 16.
    Three trips to the final four.
    Two consecutive state finals appearances.
    And one perfect season, ending with the first girls basketball state championship in Marion County history.
    It’s hard to know where to begin in recounting this team’s success.
    They finished the season 39-0 becoming the first unbeaten Kentucky girls team since Marshall County in 1984.

  • The General Assembly is now recessed for a 10-day veto period and will return on March 25 for the final two days of the 2013 Session. While consensus hasn’t been reached on important bills dealing with the public employee pension reform, industrial hemp and military overseas absentee voting, the Senate is ready and willing to work on these unresolved issues.

  • Although several major issues are still pending, the General Assembly wrapped up much of its work early this past week, and for a “short” legislative session, there is a fairly long list of key bills that have made it to Governor Beshear’s desk.

  • The first St. Baldrick's Music/Food Fest fundraiser in Loretto on March 9 was a huge success. Our goal was to raise $2,000, but after the final tally it was more than $5,000. Wow, what a night of fun, food and fellowship for a very worthy cause. Of course there were numerous behind the scene volunteers that deserve recognition also. I kept hearing what a great job we did, but the truth is, we were just the tools that our Lord was using. We had an angel in heaven, Renee Donahue, watching over everything we did. I think she was proud of it.

  • The 2013 General Assembly Session is nearing its end with the Senate still working hard to ensure important bills and resolutions are being considered and passed. Last week, the Senate addressed issues related to education, victim protection, and drugs, among others.

  • One of the cardinal rules of every legislative session is that as the calendar gets shorter, the number of working hours each day invariably grows longer.
    Last week, the last full one on the General Assembly’s schedule, proved to be no different.
    It began on a high note, when on Tuesday Gov. Beshear signed into law legislation making some minor but needed changes to last year’s landmark ‘pill mill’ legislation, which has already played a major role in cutting back the illegal tide of prescription drugs that kills three Kentuckians a day.

  • Laura G. (Dolly) Brock and her late husband, Claude Alex Brock, were the longest, continuous, family-owned county newspaper publishers in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. 
    Dolly, 91, passed away at 5:05 p.m., March 4, 2013.

  • By Tommy Turner
    LaRue County Judge/Executive
    President, Kentucky Association of Counties

  • Like most other states, and many local communities as well, Kentucky is facing a serious challenge when it comes to the long-term viability of our public retirement systems.

  • By Nick Schrager

  • By James Spragens

    Guest Columnist

    Following the mass shooting at Newtown, Conn., I learned that there is not as much ground as I assumed between me and most gun rights advocates. Polls of National Rifle Association members helped me see this.

  • By Harry Toder

  • Dear Senator Higdon (and other Kentucky Republican Senators):

  • There are no red states or blue states! Only red, white and blue states!

  • By Ron Perry

    Guest Columnist

    Editor’s note: Ron Perry is a Lebanon resident. What follows is his proposal for using casino gaming revenue to support the Kentucky’s horse industry.

    Under this proposal, profits from expanded gaming would be divided between casinos, the Kentucky United Horse Association and programs to aid the poor and disabled. 

  • Last week was significant as the first piece of legislation for the 2013 General Assembly was signed into law.