Today's Opinions

  • Don’t blame deputy in school shooting

    By David B. Smith

    I retired eight years ago after 18 years with a large police department located in the Socialist Republic of Puget Sound. During those 18 years, I pointed my gun at someone only one time. In this instance, I holstered my weapon and pepper sprayed the suspect in a burglary because I was afraid another officer might shoot him. Spending the last ten years as a detective, I was not often in danger or the line of fire and still tell people I was much more scared when I was landing on the pitching deck of the USS America on a dark night.

  • Senate takes up health care, liquor sales

    By Sen. Jimmy Higdon

    Receiving the Commonwealth’s two-year, multi-billion dollar budget plan from our colleagues in the House highlighted one of our busiest weeks yet in the Senate as we reached the two-thirds point of the 2018 Session of the Kentucky General Assembly. Hundreds of visitors from all corners of Kentucky packed committee hearings and rallied for important causes in a week that saw no shortage of legislative activity.

  • Kentucky’s annual unemployment rate at lowest level since 2000

    Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet

    Kentucky’s annual unemployment rate dropped to 4.9 percent in 2017 from 5.1 percent in 2016, while nonfarm employment gained 11,300 jobs, according to the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics (KCEWS), an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. It was the lowest annual jobless rate for the state since 2000 when the rate was 4.2 percent.

    The U.S. annual unemployment rate dropped to 4.4 percent in 2017 from 4.9 percent in 2016.

  • AAA offers tips on staying safe on wet roadways

    Weather plays a role in driver safety regardless of what time of year it may be. From wind and rain to snow and ice, travelers routinely navigate roads when conditions are far from ideal.

    Wet roadways are a common occurrence. The automotive resource AAA advises that wet pavement contributes to nearly 1.2 million traffic accidents each year. Many crashes occur when drivers do not recognize the need to change their driving habits in wet conditions. Mastering driving techniques on slick, water-logged roads can help motorists avoid accidents and injuries.

  • God’s peace can ease minds during this endless flow of negativity
  • Pension reform bill completed, Senate turns to other matters

    By Sen. Jimmy Higdon

    After weeks of anticipation and months of discussions and meetings with stakeholders, the Kentucky Senate Majority Caucus filed its comprehensive pension reform bill as Senate Bill (SB) 1 on Tuesday, Feb. 20.

    While SB 1 marked the filing of one of the most significant pieces of legislation of the 2018 Session, we continued to hold committee meetings and voted bills out of the Senate chamber, making for another busy week in Frankfort.

  • Optometry bill about fear mongering, protectionism

    As House members struggle to unite on serious issues involving public-pension reform and budget cuts, they’ve had no problem coming together with shutter-speed agreement to pass legislation protecting the powerful optometric industry from online innovators.

    One reason – and it’s not the first time we’ve seen this – is lots of cold hard cash.

  • Helping law enforcement combat opioid and drug abuse

    By Mitch McConnell 

    On an average day, 175 Americans die from drug overdoses. Families in Kentucky and throughout the nation are bravely confronting substance abuse – including heroin, prescription drugs, and an alarming resurgence of methamphetamine – and law enforcement is working hard to help. With our communities in crisis, I remain committed to finding comprehensive solutions to end this suffering through coordinated prevention, treatment, and law enforcement efforts.