Today's Opinions

  • Pension bill stalls, other bills advance

    Kentucky General Assembly

    Capitol observers have been tuned in for months to find out what form lawmakers’ public pension reform plans might take and how legislators would cast their first votes on the issue.

    They got some answers as Senate Bill 1 advanced through a Senate committee this week.

  • Health district offers tips to prevent accidental poisoning

    Lake Cumberland District Health Department

    Across the United States, around 800,000 kids each year are seen because of accidental poisoning. Of these, around 30 children will die according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Around 70 percent of non-fatal poisonings involve children ages 1 to 2.

    Overall, around 24 million people call poison control centers every year. Although most of these accidental poisonings do not turn out to be serious, it illustrates just how common accidental poisonings in kids actually are.

  • Boosting term limits, busting bad homeschooling bills

    A retiring state senator instrumental in pushing pension reform and a homeschooling opponent from eastern Kentucky are the latest additions to this column’s growing list of Liberty Boosters and Busters.

    Liberty Booster: Sen. Joe Bowen’s personal commitment to term limits.

    While there may be several factors related to Bowen’s decision to hang up his legislative spurs after two terms in the Kentucky Senate, one thing he made clear to me: “it has nothing to do with tough times.”

  • Looking back at when the 1883 flood hammered Louisville

    By Stuart W. Sanders


    Recent flooding along the Ohio River near Louisville was the worst seen since 1997. From Oldham County to West Point, homes, businesses and farms across the region sustained damage.

    In Louisville alone, damages have been estimated to be more than $2.8 million.

    Communities are still working to remove debris, and local agencies are seeking donations and cleaning supplies to assist recovery efforts.

  • Ladybugs, please fly away home

    By Joberta Wells

    Remember that old English nursery rhyme about ladybugs? It went “Ladybug, ladybug fly away home, Your house is on fire and your children are gone, All except one, And her name is Ann, And she hid under the frying pan.”

    I’m here to tell you that I wish the ladybugs, all the thousands of them, would fly away home and get out of my home. The inside of my house has been taken over by them.

  • Efforts in the battle against opioid addiction

    By Kentucky Justice

    Secretary John Tilley

    The numbers aren’t final yet, but 2017 will likely be another record-breaking year for overdose deaths in Kentucky. That’s astonishing when you consider that more than 1,400 of our friends, relatives and neighbors lost their lives to opioids in 2016. The suffering has been immense. Nearly every family has been impacted by this scourge. Our foster care system, our courts, our prisons and jails, and our first responders are near the breaking point.

  • State Senate Legislative committe system in overdrive

    By Sen. Jimmy Higdon

    Now that the General Assembly is in the home stretch of the current legislative session, activity in the legislative committee system is in overdrive. There are only a couple of weeks left in the 2018 Session. The pace of activity in the Capitol is sure to continue increasing in the days ahead as the Senate continues work on the Commonwealth’s budget proposal.

  • Pension dispute lacking in facts, not funding

    Political leaders are justifiably pessimistic that throwing more dollars – even record amounts – at Kentucky’s teetering public-pension systems is not some puff of magic that will allow a detour to avoid tough decisions about how retirement benefits are determined and dispersed.

    Senate Bill 1 (SB 1), the legislature’s long-awaited pension proposal released at a recent Senate State and Local Government Committee meeting, attempts to make some of those difficult, but necessary, judgments.