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Today's Opinions

  • Remember in November

    Kentucky Retirement Systems stakeholders are shocked and appalled by the actions of the General Assembly regarding public pensions. Last week, in the space of about nine hours, the majority party produced a 291-page pension bill and voted it out of the House and Senate. Senate Bill 151 awaits Gov. Matt Bevin’s signature.

  • Dear citizen

    Dear citizen,

    “The advantage of being armed…the Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation…in the several kingdoms of Europe…the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.” (James Madison, The Federalist, 46) (p.107, vol.71, firearms news)

    Beware of Federal Bill 5087.

    K.L. Jones

    Bradfordsville,

  • Déjà vu all over again

    I’m so proud and amazed by these children who are protesting and organizing marches to end the gun violence. For me, this is, “Déjà vu, all over again…” (Yogi Bara).

  • Bills move to the finish line, budget work ongoing

    President Lincoln once said, “Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.” This is one piece of advice that I am taking to heart as we head into the final stretch of the 2018 session.

  • Senate passes its version of pension reform

    Rapidly nearing the last days of the 2018 regular session, the Senate passed our version of the state budget during the 12th week. The executive branch budget, contained in House Bill 200, put an emphasis on public safety by investing in law enforcement, the state crime lab, frontline social workers, and foster and adoption services. I voted yes on HB 200 to move the process along, and the budget now goes to conference committee.

  • Who’s ‘ignorant’ and ‘uninformed?’

    By Tom Eblen

    Lexington Herald-Leader

     

    Just when you thought Gov. Matt Bevin couldn’t stick his foot further into his mouth, he goes on the radio and lets loose a new blizzard of insults and nonsense.

    Appearing on WVLC radio in Campbellsville on March 13, Bevin went off on Kentucky teachers angry that he and Republican lawmakers want to cut billions from their retirement benefits.

  • Pension reform efforts unclear at this point

    As we approach the end of session, we continue to await Senate revisions to our House budget, which fully funds pensions and restores cuts proposed to public education. I expect us to receive the Senate’s proposed two-year budget very soon.

  • Cigarette tax is good health policy, especially for Kentucky babies and youth

    More than 23,000 more Kentucky youth who become smoke-free adults. Nearly 1,200 healthier newborns every year. One billion in long-term health care cost savings.

    Isn’t that worth a dollar more?

    Health advocates are calling for a $1 per pack increase in Kentucky’s state tax on cigarettes because it will reduce tobacco use, particularly among youth and pregnant women. Less smoking means healthier babies and youth and a significant reduction in the health care costs paid by taxpayers.