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Opinion

  • You probably won't be surprised to hear that the Kentucky Young Democrats talked politics over the weekend during their convention in Lebanon.

    But some people might be surprised that the Democratic Party is essentially conceding Kentucky as a lost cause already in the 2012 Presidential race. Even Keidra King, a field representative for Barack Obama's re-election campaign, said as much when she stopped by the convention on Saturday.

    That doesn't mean the Democrats are sitting out the 2012 election, however.

  • After a pause for President's Day, the legislature moved into the second half of the 2012 General Assembly Session. I had visits from groups representing adult day health care providers and developmental disabilities. Many Boy Scout troops came to Frankfort for the annual Boy Scout Day at the Capitol. It was a pleasure to see these civic-minded boys and young men and their dedicated troop leaders and parents.

  • So, we have an extra day today... what are you going to do with it?

    I have a suggestion for you.

    Take the leap to live longer and start exercising.

    Wait! Wait!

    Before you turn the page, hear me out.

  • Bringing back the Red Cross

    John G. Mattingly and the Marion County Fiscal Court recently approved funding to help the Red Cross purchase disaster relief supplies.

    With their foresight, the Red Cross is back in Marion County in a big way. Communities all over the world benefit from Red Cross services in their times of need, and with this commitment, Marion County will be better prepared for the next ice storm or big flood.

  • We have enjoyed the MCHS boys and girls basketball games this year and would like to point out a few really special people involved in each and every event.
    First, the coaches and players have had a great season.
    Volunteers show up for every game and do a remarkable job, and the MCHS administration and staff make sure the bases are covered for every game.
    The faithful fans deserve credit for showing up to enjoy every game, and the students encourage the players and give us all a lift.

  • The Community Service Center Board of Directors would like to express our sincere appreciation to all who have donated food or money in the past to help the needy of Marion County.

  • We have reached the half-way point of the 2012 General Assembly Session. There are daily committee meetings, policy briefings, visits from constituents, and meetings with various advocacy groups.

  • We have reached the half way mark of the 2012 session and I believe the House of Representatives has much to show for our 30 days in Frankfort.
    Since Jan. 3, we have been hard at work moving legislation through the committee process, working on budget issues within our subcommittees and meeting with constituents and stakeholders on issues of importance to Kentuckians.

  • Here's the good news.
    Marion County is in the 24th District of the Kentucky House of Representatives. We know this.
    Marion County voters know we will have a choice between the incumbent, Terry Mills, and challenger Bill Pickerill. The problem for the candidates is figuring out what other counties should be part of their campaigns.

  • If you support tourism in Lebanon, last week was a reason to celebrate.
    Not only did the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission welcome its new executive director, but the community was able to celebrate what could become our next tourist attraction.
    The tourist commission had a rough year in 2011 for more reasons than we care to list here, but 2012 has gotten off to a much better start.

  • A lot has been shown recently on television concerning the Mayan calendar's end in 2012 and those who believe that a great disaster will strike the earth in late December of this year. I really do not know anything concerning the Mayan calendar and have not been exposed to any information that would let me believe that the world will end anyway soon. However, based upon history and re-occurring earthquakes, I do believe this area could see a major disruption in the very near future.

  • In a state where horses are supposed to be loved they are being sent to slaughter. There is no way it can be euthanasia. According to Dr. Lester Friedlander, DVM and former chief USDA inspector: "The captive bolt is not a proper instrument for the slaughter of equids, these animals regain consciousness 30 seconds after being struck, they are fully aware they are being vivisected." Visit www.vetsforequinewelfare.org for a White paper giving facts. See the FOIA from USDA there or at www.kaufmanzoning.net for proof of abuses at auctions, during transportation and slaughter.

  • A story in the Feb. 8 edition should have described Fr. Ivo Cecil, the recent deceased former pastor of St. Augustine, as a "gentle giant."

  • By James Roberts
    Landmark News Service

  • Greetings from Frankfort! Anyone visiting the capitol this week would have enjoyed watching democracy in action, both on an individual level as well as a grander level. We passed legislation that made road travel safer for the Amish as well as the "English," we moved forward in education, and we found consensus on congressional redistricting even as legislative redistricting moved to the courts. It was a full week.

  • When the General Assembly began the legislative session last month, there was already broad agreement on what the three biggest issues would be: Writing state government's budget, realigning legislative and Kentucky Supreme Court districts, and limiting if not stopping prescription drug abuse.
    Last week, the latter two took center stage.

  • By Jim Waters

    Transparency not only makes government smaller, less costly and more responsive to its constituents. It saves lives, too.
    The downside: It can embarrass government agencies and the bureaucrats who run them.  
    But ask me if I care more about assisting efforts by the Cabinet for Health and Family Services - which is shut up tighter than a pair of vise grips - to save face or finding out what really happened to Amy Dye, a 9-year-old Western Kentucky girl.

  • The Senate passed several bills last week. Of these bills, three education bills are of particular importance.

  • It was a hectic and busy week in Frankfort as we worked through the challenges of the House and Senate redistricting plans. We are hopeful that this will be resolved soon so that we can dedicate our full attention to budget issues and important legislation needed to move Kentucky forward.

  • Bipartisanship is practically dead, both in Frankfort and in Washington D.C.
    But from time to time, Democrats and Republicans have found issues that bring them together.
    At the state level, we’ve seen a few examples so far.
    - Secretary of Agriculture James Comer, a Republican, and State Auditor Adam Edelen, a Democrat, are working together on an audit of the former ag secretary Richie Farmer’s books.
    - Politicians on both sides of the aisle have recognized something has to be done to stem the tide of prescription pills flooding the state.