• Guest Editorial: What ‘keep and bear arms’ actually means

    By Christopher Coffman
    Guest Columnist

    Most, if not all, American citizens are aware of the separation of powers inherent in our Constitution. We have three branches of government: the legislative, executive, and the judiciary. That last one is a favorite of mine. However, the Tea Party movement has helped remind people there is another separation: state and federal.  

  • Editorial: Why open meetings?

    According to law, meetings of all government agencies are open to the public. That means anyone can attend and address the governing body.
    There are some exceptions to open meetings, which would include special-called meetings. In those instances, the agency is restricted, again by law, to address only the item(s) on its agenda.

  • Editorial: Enclosed arena paying off

    Kudos to the Central Kentucky AG/EXPO Center Advisory Board for coming up with the idea to enclose the large arena at the center, and the Casey County Fiscal Court for following through.
    Board vice-chairman Don Sweeney is to be commended for keeping the board focused for more than 18 months on this important project.
    Once the project was completed, the board could only speculate as to how many groups would want to rent the enclosed arena during the winter.

  • Editorial: Council needs to look to future

    As we have previously noted, it isn’t always easy to be a politician, especially in a small town.
    Elected officials supposedly have more contact with constituents and therefore represent those interests in the way they vote the issues. However, there are times when an elected official must do what’s right, even if it goes against the grain.
    Just this past week, Mayor Steve Sweeney proposed to the City Council that a tourism commission be formed to administer a 3 percent room and restaurant fee.

  • Editorial: Do the right thing for the right reason

    Politicians like to say that “you cannot please all the people all the time.” An appendage to that statement could be — “or, in some instances, none of the time.”
    Casey County Judge/Executive Ronald Wright now finds himself in this unenviable position  concerning garbage collection.
    One of three garbage haulers in the county, Henry Lawson, has been serving in that capacity for more than 30 years. And his three sons are now engaged in the business.

  • Editorial: Thumbs up to floats, down to fire depts.

    While the parade at Liberty’s Downtown Christmas Celebration can’t rival that of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, or even some Christmas parades from nearby cities, it does alright for a small town. And this year’s version was pretty nice.
    We were impressed with the number of floats and other units participating, and only wish that some of these creative people would enter a float in the Apple Festival Parade. While the Apple Festival Parade is much bigger and longer than the Christmas Parade, it usually features only a small number of floats.

  • Editorial: P&Z has no leg to stand on without minutes

    We are fortunate to live in a country where government bodies and committees are required by law to conduct business in meetings open to the public.
    That way, not only can taxpayers be aware of what business has been conducted, government can be held accountable by the public and the media.
    And part and parcel of open and honest government is the recording and archiving of what happens in those meetings.

  • Taking time to be thankful

    As the holiday season approaches, and the end of another year is upon us, how many of us will stop and take stock of what has happened in our lives this past year?
    Sure, there have been hard things to deal with. Some of us may have lost loved ones, suffered serious medical issues, been involved in life-threatening accidents from which we’re still recovering, experienced financial difficulties — and, as a community, struggled with the aftermath of a once-in-a-lifetime flood.
    But, we have so much to be thankful for too.