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Opinion

  • Vote Dudley Friend Adle for District 3 magistrate

  • When it comes to getting from points A to B, few states can match Kentucky. That’s not too surprising, given that we’re home to the country’s population center east of the Rockies, but the numbers behind our transportation systems are impressive nonetheless.

  • I had intended to write a column this week about politicians, but instead I’ve decided to write about a professional liar, James Randi.
    Fittingly, a documentary about Randi called “An Honest Liar” is scheduled to be released soon. For years, Randi worked professionally as a magician, although he prefers “conjurer”, under the name The Amazing Randi.

  • In the April 30 edition, there was some incorrect information reported about the 2014-15 school calendar. The story stated that the calendar had not been approved. Actually, the 2014-15 calendar was approved at the Nov. 26, 2013 board meeting. It was amended at the April 22 meeting to add scheduled makeup days.

  • We are over two weeks past the session, and there continues to be speculation about the Governor possibly calling an extraordinary session to act on more legislation, specifically Senate Bill 5. I am opposed to an extraordinary session. We had plenty of time to get the work done during the regular session, and bringing the legislators back to Frankfort would cost the tax payers $60,000 each day. There will be another chance to revisit lingering issues next January.

  • Father will keep fighting for son
    My son, David Litsey Jr., was killed more than a year and a half ago. I often think of a song he wrote, "Litsey, where you been so long?"
    Since his death, I'm tired of people whispering about me and pointing fingers when I walk by. Few people know what my family has been through. I feel like we have been railroaded by the court system.

  • It will take some time to gather the information, but one of this year’s new laws has the potential to play a significant role when it comes to helping college students decide which career to pursue.
    The legislation calls on the state’s Center for Education and Workforce Statistics to compile the employment rates and earnings of those graduating from the state’s public postsecondary schools. That agency, which was created just two years ago, will coordinate with the state’s Department of Education and the Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE).

  • I love my mom, but I have come to the realization that we don’t have much in common.
    My mom loves to cook. I do not.
    My twin sister enjoys cooking, and she’s good at it. So at least one of us will carry on that trait. I wish I loved to cook, I just don’t. (But, I love to eat. And I always thank the cook.)
    My mom loves to garden. I don’t.

  • Good work, TGKY
    I don’t blame any citizen, farmer or organization that accepts money from the proposed pipeline, but it feels like our community is being bought out with grand promises of jobs (temporary), economic opportunity and high safety standards (Google: pipeline explosions). I speak as someone whose farm is crossed by two pipelines, and I have yet to see a positive environmental impact from either of the companies.

  • One issue left unresolved at the end of the General Assembly’s 2014 session focused on whether certain felons should have their voting rights automatically restored once they’ve paid their debt to society.
    It’s likely that lawmakers will revisit the issue in a future legislative session. In the meantime, I hope to clear up one misunderstanding that seemed common in this year’s discussions of the issue.

  • At the start of each legislative session, it is impossible to know which proposals will clear the hurdles it takes for a bill to become law.
    Some are never heard in committee; others may make it through the House or Senate but get lost in the shuffle on the other side. Some may falter because of cost or a lack of time or public support.

  • Sine die came on April 15 at midnight. In case you don't know what “sine die” means (I did not until I ran for the House of Rep) it is Latin for “the end.” This 60-day session was a very busy one with more than 800 pieces of legislation filed, and just over 100 passed into law. The most important bills of this session were the budget bills.

  • Fans of the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville have had a lot to celebrate in recent years.
    Kentucky won its eighth NCAA men’s basketball title two years ago, and this year's team reached the tournament finals. In the last few years, Louisville reached a Final Four and won its third championship in basketball, sent a baseball team to the College World Series, won the Sugar Bowl in football and sent its women's basketball team to its second championship game appearance.
    But really, that stuff is meaningless.

  • May is National Foster Care Month
    May is National Foster Care Month, and we would like to take this opportunity to thank foster and kinship parents in our community for their hard work and dedication to families across our region. This month provides the opportunity to thank the foster families who provide homes and love to children who need them. Foster parents often become the substitute family for the youth regardless of how long they stay – be it an hour or a lifetime.

  • When the General Assembly left the Capitol late last month for its traditional veto recess – the roughly two-week period a governor has to approve or reject legislation – it was already becoming clear that the regular session’s final two days would be busy.

  • A cutline on page B1 of the April 9 edition should have identified Jeremy Morris as the Marion County baseball player at bat against Pulaski County.

  •  It has been a quiet two weeks at the capitol as the legislators have been away during the veto days. The session will end after the last two days, which are April 14-15. I have enjoyed seeing buds on trees and flowers starting to come out of the ground with these sunnier and warmer days. Soon we will be into Derby season, looking at summer plans and enjoying the beautiful outdoors of our state.

  •  I am emailing this to Lebanon, Kentucky to ask the superintendents and officials to not let the positive people leave Lebanon, Kentucky.

  •  To the citizens of district one, a tough vote will come up this May. Remember all the things that Jackie Wicker has done for the community. He has done so much for Bradfordsville and the community center, including all kinds of things for the seniors and the school.

  •  Traditionally, the last day of a legislative session is set aside just to consider any vetoes the governor may make. Recently, however, the General Assembly has also used the time to wrap up a few lingering issues, and this year is no different.