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Opinion

  •  By Jama Watts

    Guest columnist

    If you live in Marion County, then you probably know the history of the Catholic founders’ migration from St. Mary’s County, Maryland to this area. However, many folks forget the other group of settlers that came here from Virginia, primarily Presbyterian in their beliefs. The cemetery located on North Proctor Knott between Walnut and ML King is a remnant of that settlement.

  •  Seven years after the General Assembly voted overwhelmingly to raise the state’s minimum wage, the Kentucky House of Representatives returned to the issue on Thursday when it passed legislation that follows a similar path taken by that 2007 law.

    This is an issue that is drawing a lot of attention across the country. The National Conference of State Legislatures says 23 states considered raising it in 2013, and Kentucky is one of 20 doing the same this year, with more expected in the months ahead.

  •  By Randy Patrick

    Landmark News Service

    They were unlike any musicians Americans had ever seen before, those four mop-topped lads in their dark suits and skinny ties with their electric guitars and electric charm.

    They might as well have been from lost Atlantis as Liverpool, so novel was their appearance.

  •  I’m sure I join most of you in saying enough already with this winter weather. I know it has been a toll on most folks’ daily routines, trying to figure out what to do with the kids on the no school days, driving on the hazardous roads, dealing with power outages.

  • By Jeff Moreland

  • A story about allegations against the “Call of the Wildman” show in last week’s edition should have read that Karen Bailey of the Kentucky Wildlife Center told Mother Jones that she received baby raccoons, which were in need of critical care in April 2012.
    Also, a cutline from the Kentucky Bluegrass Music Kickoff should have identified a singer as Chloe Goss of Parksville.

  • This past week in Frankfort, the Senate passed key pieces of legislation that help our students and school districts, address public safety issues, provide economic development and give law enforcement time-saving investigation procedures.

  • I would like to extend my sincere appreciation to all of Goodwill’s donors and community partners for helping us through a recent loss of inventory as a result of busted sprinkler pipes and extensive water damage.

  • With more than half of state government’s revenue dedicated to education, it shouldn’t be a surprise that many of the bills considered by the General Assembly every year are also centered on the subject.
    That was certainly the case last week in the Kentucky House of Representatives, which sent to the Senate several pieces of legislation designed to improve different facets of our schools.

  • We know that seconds matter especially in an emergency, and for that reason, it’s good that Marion County and Lebanon city officials appear to be on the same page with regard to implementing enhanced 911.
    It’s also unfortunate that it’s taken decades to get to this point.
    Last week, the Enhanced 911 Advisory Committee held a public meeting, which also included city and county officials and emergency personnel.

  • After a pause in legislative work Monday, Jan. 20, to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the Senate reconvened Tuesday, Jan. 21, in a joint session with the House to hear the Governor’s budget proposal.

  • In spite of cold weather and less-than-ideal road conditions, hundreds of people made it to this year's Kentucky Bluegrass Music Kickoff.
    When the festival started, it was held at the Centre Square Convention Center, but it didn't take long for the event to need more space. Since then, it's been held at Marion County High School.

  • By Ken Begley
    Guest columnist

    If you don’t know the answer to that question then you need to attend the Central Kentucky Community Theatre’s presentation of the Frank Wildhorn musical, “Jekyll & Hyde.”

  • Sunday night I was watching television when I saw a commercial promoting the natural gas industry. The spokeswoman referred to hydraulic fracturing as proven safe and reliable.
    The intent was clear: hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is nothing to worry about.
    It seems a little optimistic to make that claim. The EPA is in the process of conducting its own study (see here: http://www2.epa.gov/hfstudy).

  • Shortly after Governor Beshear first took office in late 2007, he remarked that not only did he find the cupboard bare, it was actually gone.
    It hasn’t gotten any easier since then. Cumulative budget cuts over the last six years have reached $1.6 billion, the state government workforce has shrunk to its smallest size in 40 years and the list of needs continues to grow faster than the revenue coming in.

  • The second week of the 2014 Regular Session brought schedules packed with meetings, rallies, press conferences and hearings on bills. We met with constituents, citizen groups and fellow lawmakers as we began vetting proposed legislation.

  • Last week, the House of Representatives turned its attention to two issues that may not seem to have much in common but are linked nonetheless because of the positive impact both could have on a significant number of Kentuckians.
    The first vote came early in the week, when the chamber put its support behind the creation of public benefit corporations. As its name implies, this legal designation would give private businesses a chance to better verify their commitment to serving not just their customers but their community as well.