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Opinion

  • As the Senate eagerly awaits a budget proposal from the House of Representatives, we are busy passing bills both out of committee and out of the Senate to send to our House colleagues during the eighth week of the 2016 Kentucky General Assembly.

  • By Dr. Chris Howlett

  • When it comes to the public’s safety and well being, consumer protection may not always grab the headlines, but that doesn’t diminish its importance.
    It was the key theme last week in the Kentucky House, which moved forward not one but four bills touching on this issue.

  • Trump is a bully
    Say goodbye to everything that makes America great and keeps our democracy working if Trump is elected. I refuse to believe that a majority of Americans could be fooled by a con artist, bully and a fascist. Oh, and Trump is unqualified to be president of anything. He’s filed bankruptcy many times and exploited his employees and committed fraud via Trump “University.” He’s an ugly, hateful American who will destroy what’s left of middle class and democracy.
    Elizabeth Wallen
    Springfield

  • On a scale from one to 10, what would you rate me?
    WAIT… STOP!
    Please don’t answer that question.
    It’s a ridiculous question.
    I’m more than a number.
    And, for anyone to label me or anyone else with a specific number based on appearance is disgusting and incredibly disturbing.

  • The seventh week of the 2016 General Assembly marked the halfway point of the 60-day session. It saw the passage of an education measure to reevaluate, and possibly change, Kentucky’s academic standards in classrooms and assessments of what public school students should know.
    Senate Bill (SB) 1, a designation reserved for what’s considered the Senate President’s top priority of a session, would reexamine Common Core standards that Kentucky led the nation in adopting six years ago.

  • Voters across the Bluegrass state will vote in our first Republican caucus on March 5, which will select delegates to go to the National Republican Convention in July. Our votes will now count more than ever since we are casting our votes along with other early states.

  • By Kim Huston

    The automotive industry has not only completed its recovery from the Great Recession, but also broke light vehicle sales records in 2015. With this growth, communities in the Lincoln Trail region and across the Commonwealth are positioned to realize even greater opportunities.

  • In last week’s edition, we reported that Peggy Downs, 55, of 830 Arthur Mattingly Road in Lebanon filed to run for the District 4 school board seat, currently held by Michael Cecil. We incorrectly reported that Downs has ran for the position twice. Actually, she has only ran for the school board seat once, which was in 2008.

    On page A16 a cutline incorrectly identified a photo. The cutline said the group singing was the Bethel AME Methodist Choir. It should have said the First Baptist Church of Campbellsville.
     

  • Hollywood stars, national organizations and winter weather greeted the Kentucky General Assembly during week six of the 2016 Session. With many guests, packed committee meetings, and energetic rallies, it was another exciting week in Frankfort.
    The national organization Save The Children, which promotes early childhood learning, had its Action Network President Mark Shriver and actress Jennifer Garner testify in Frankfort on behalf of the organization and their work throughout Kentucky.

  • By Kenny Fogle

    It’s called the “WOW” factor. When you see something for the first time or see it in a new light from what you had expected, you just have to stand back and appreciate what is in front of you. It happens all the time, but it still is a great feeling every time it does. 

  • Hello, my name is Stevie Lowery and I am a Facebook addict.
    Correction: I was a Facebook addict.
    At 12:01 a.m. on Jan. 1, Facebook and I went on a break.
    And, to the surprise of many, including myself, we have not reunited.
    In fact, our “break” might end up being a “breakup.”
    And, I’ll tell you why. I feel like I owe my 1,000-plus “friends” an explanation.

  • 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).