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Columns

  • This week at the State Capitol

    FRANKFORT — Taxes, felony expungement, and election laws were among the high-profile issues under the spotlight this week as the General Assembly’s 2019 session neared its final day.

    This week was the busiest of the year at the State Capitol as lawmakers worked into the evening to put the final touches on bills that they wanted to get across the finish line by the end of the night on March 14, their final working day before the start of a veto recess. The recess runs to March 28, when lawmakers will return to the Capitol for the session’s final day.

  • More than curb appeal

    By William Holland 

  • On Passion Week

    By Jon Edgell

    When was the last time you heard a message on the Passion Week?

    Just so we’ll all be on the same page, Passion Week (now often called Holy Week) is the seven days between Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday. Palm Sunday refers to the day that Jesus was welcomed into Jerusalem with waving palm branches and shouts of Hosanna (literally save now). Easter Sunday, also called Resurrection Sunday, is the third day after the Friday Jesus was crucified. He died, was buried and rose from the dead.

  • Supers offer ‘contrary position’ on school choice

    By Jim Waters

    A recent press conference by superintendents at the Ohio Valley Educational Cooperative in Shelbyville featured lots of jaw-flapping but little-to-no evidence about how attacking scholarship tax-credit legislation giving poor and middle-class Kentucky biological and foster care parents and guardians the same opportunity as rich folks to give their children a private education is in students’ best interest.

  • The debt still matters

    Maybe I’m just old fashioned, but the national debt still matters to me.

    In my time on this Earth I have seen the national debt balloon from $1 trillion to $6 trillion, to now $22 trillion. And the growth of the national debt doesn’t slow down no matter which party controls the spending. This year it is projected to grow by about $1 trillion, which is the same amount the entire debt was in the 1970s.

    The national debt is now over 110 percent of our gross domestic product, a level not seen since World War II.

  • One of Us!

    By John Edgell

    To properly understand the events of the Easter season, you must begin with Christmas. It’s amazing to note that events surrounding Jesus’ birth and death mirror each other. In other words, Jesus died like he was born.

  • Hit the road, Jack!

    By Joberta Wells

    I am giving you fair warning that I am up on my soapbox. If you don’t love Casey County, stop reading right now because I am aiming this lecture at you.

  • Appreciating the simpler things

    By Gloria Yoder

    I know it sounds lazy, but if I could, I’d just press a button and have a whole batch, yes a whole batch with five loaves of fresh steaming bread right now, straight from the oven. In fact, I’d have a slice right now with butter and plenty of honey!

  • Family and Consumer Sciences news

    By Debbie Shepherd,
    CEA Family and Consumer Sciences

    No-Sleep Retreat
    No-Sleep Retreat will be held March 15 and 16 Casey County Extension Education Building. We will begin at 5 p.m. Friday evening and Quilting/Sewing/Crafting/Painting/Projects until 9 a.m. Saturday morning. Free and open to the public.

  • House week in review

    By Rep. Daniel Elliott

    Follow-up and clarification of some 2018 state tax changes affecting charities and other nonprofit organizations were addressed by the Kentucky House last month when it advanced a tax relief bill on to the Senate.