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Opinion

  • The fifth week of the 2016 legislative session in Frankfort was historic in a number of ways. Governor Matt Bevin signed his first piece of legislation, Senate Bill 4. We also said goodbye to former State Senator and civil rights activist, Georgia Davis Powers.

  • Week four of the Kentucky General Assembly marked a momentous occasion for our state. Governor Matt Bevin gave his first State of the Commonwealth Budget Address, laying out a plan that will guide Kentucky out of the financial mire that has lingered for the past several years after the recession.

  • By Diane Kelley
    Director of Hardin County Adult Education

    As an adult education instructor, I’ve seen firsthand how education leads to a higher standard of living and an increased quality of life.
    With that in mind, the Lincoln Trail region has reasons to take pride in our Adult Education programs and the students who access these programs.

  • Advocates for animals
    Susan Spicer is one of the bravest people I know. Why? Because she goes to bat for the voiceless — animals that are abused and neglected. When people see this “behavior,” like people starving their animals, or confining them without shelter, or throwing them out a car window, they call her to deal with the people doing the harm. Even hearing about what people do to their pets is hard to listen to, much less to speak to them and get them to stop.

  • By Carrie Truitt
    Volunteer Manager/Hosparus Green River

  • The Republicans keep claiming Bernie Sanders can't pay for it ... but he can ... the costs and the premiums must balance each other to avoid deficits ... BUT ... and here is the key that NOBODY is talking about ... you can either balance the scale by increasing the premiums (we DON'T want that) ... OR ... you reduce the cost of the health care industry (we DO want that).

  • By Eliza Jane Schaeffer
    Guest columnist

  • Saturday morning I witnessed something so amazing and beautiful it almost took my breath away and made me cry all at the same time.
    I visited the Working the Puzzle for Autism Center to take photos of the children participating in a painting activity. I knew there would be some great photo opportunities there. But, to be honest, I just like going to the center. It’s such a happy place, and I love watching and interacting with the children. They are so very special.

  • By G. B. Dixon

    If we have learned anything during the festive months just passed, it is that second helpings are the natural consequence of a pleasing first course. 'Seconds' divert us for a little while longer from life's toils and woes, or help us forget the taste of some preceeding yuck. Where the first is good, so generally goes the second. Such promises to be the case when Kentucky Classic Theatre brings back its wildly popular production of "Steel Magnolias" this week.

  • Floor votes, committee hearings, and spirited debate highlighted an action-packed second week of session in the Kentucky Senate. Guests from all corners of the Commonwealth were welcomed to Frankfort to speak on behalf of various bills.
    On Thursday, we were visited by hundreds of young and energetic faces celebrating Children’s Advocacy Day, sponsored by Kentucky Youth Advocates. The group hosted a rally in the capitol rotunda where several senate majority members were recognized for their efforts in standing up for Kentucky’s children.

  • An effort to help potentially tens of thousands of Kentuckians truly put their past behind them cleared a key legislative milestone on Friday when the Kentucky House voted to broaden eligibility for criminal expungement.

  • By Virgil McCloud

    Transitioning from military to civilian life, and finding the right fit in the civilian workforce, can be a frustrating and trying experience. As I’ve learned firsthand, leaving the military isn’t just about finding a new job. It’s leaving everything you’ve known for years and entering into new territory.
    Annually, in the Army alone, more than 100,000 soldiers make this transition. Of those, upwards of 3,000 exit from Fort Knox. This past year, I was one of them.

  • “History repeats itself, and that's one of the things that's wrong with history.” - Clarence Darrow

    In the case of Marion County and its delinquent garbage accounts, history is most certainly repeating itself.
    While it’s a new problem for Marion County Judge-Executive David Daugherty, who just began his second year as judge, it’s an old problem for the county and one that, frankly, I thought we had under control.

  • From the patriotic medleys of the 100th Army Band to chants of citizens passionately advocating a cause, the sounds echoing through the hallways of our Capitol signaled just one thing – the 150th General Assembly was in session.
    After just the first week, Senate Majority had rolled out its priorities. It’s 13 bills that are a mix of both new and familiar. Many of the bills have been discussed in concept through last year. Some of the bills will even enjoy bipartisan support.

  • I had the opportunity to read the Enterprise’s story on Floyd Cook. Cook was certainly not a monster. He was much worse.
    Cook’s sister stated how much he loved animals and his church going practices because he loved animals and went to church. Does that give him the right to shoot law enforcement officers and try to run over them with his vehicle? Does loving animals and going to church give him the right to go around raping women?

  • If the final days of a legislative session are spent deciding what laws the General Assembly will pass, then the first few days are focused on what the House and Senate hope will be on that list.
    Setting those priorities was the main theme last week as other legislators and I returned to the Capitol and began filing legislation to kick off the 2016 regular session.
    In the House, we will again work toward strengthening the Kentucky Teachers’ Retirement System (KTRS), which is facing a multi-billion dollar liability and needs a plan to adequately address it.

  • As we usher in the New Year and the 150th regular session of the Kentucky General Assembly, I’m honored to represent your district. This will be my 13th year in the state legislature.
    During even-year sessions, we are required to pass a two-year budget for the commonwealth. It’s a tall order to pass a budget during even the most prosperous of times, but we’re committed to rolling up our sleeves and working together to adopt a fiscally responsible spending plan that addresses Kentucky’s most pressing needs. It’s a goal we all share.

  • As members of the General Assembly return to Frankfort for the 2016 Regular Session, they will find themselves facing a multitude of challenges, one of the more critical being pension funding.  Legislative action in the 2013 Regular Session provided the framework for funding the plans managed by the Kentucky Retirement Systems (KRS). Public employee (and teacher) pensions will require tens of millions of new dollars in the budget simply to stem the erosion of funding levels.  

  • Lebanon Mayor Gary Crenshaw emailed the following statement to The Lebanon Enterprise on Monday afternoon:

    This press release is intended to correct misinformation which has been disseminated publicly by private persons and is patently false. 

  • This week, as it has regularly done since Kentucky became the nation’s 15th state in 1792, the General Assembly returns to the Capitol to start another legislative session.
    Since it is an even-numbered year, the House and Senate will meet for 60 working days and wrap up our work by April 15, as required by Kentucky’s constitution.
    Our biggest task during this time will be enacting a two-year state budget that will take effect next July. While it is too soon to say what policy decisions will be made, the overall numbers are already known.