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Columns

  • Sickouts are about adults, not children

    By Jim Waters

    Teachers’ union bosses and their minions in the press and even the legislature have exerted a herculean effort to convince Kentuckians that it was about “the children” after teachers’ sickouts forced schools in 10 districts to close so public school employees could go and protest pension reform and parental school choice in the Capitol rotunda instead.

  • Courtesy costs you nothing

    It’s easy to be self-centered. You live in your body and from your perspective everything around you happens to you. You have your needs and wants, and your plans. You do what you do to take care of yourself.

    People will generally let you be selfish. If you push your way to the milk refrigerator in the grocery store, someone will let you through. If, when driving, you pull out in front of a car on the highway, the other driver will brake, probably curse you and maybe honk, but that’s all.

  • General Assembly Sends Bills to Governor

    By Daniel Elliott

    Members of the House finished business and walked off the floor late into the night on March 14. Since it is late in the session, the majority of the bills we considered this week were from the Senate, or House bills that were amended in the Senate with changes that had to be agreed on by the House.

    We will reconvene for the final day of session on March 28, to consider overriding any vetoes the Governor might issue and deal with any last minute business. When we adjourn then we will close the books on the 2019 Regular Session.

  • The Amish Cook March 20

    By Gloria Yoder

    How about tackling a day in the kitchen, making fry pies? When my sister-in-law, Virginia, first mentioned the thought, it really seemed to be an excellent idea, yet to myself, I wondered how I could do it with our four preschoolers. A couple days later her husband John and Daniel came up with the idea that they could babysit while we ladies made fry pies.

  • 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.