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Columns

  • Progress made in fight to stop scam calls

    By Andy Beshear

    As your attorney general, I have made it a top priority to protect Kentuckians from scammers and stop annoying and illegal scam phone calls.

    A recent opinion article published in many local newspapers called on my office to “see what can be done to get a ‘no call’ list that actually works.”

  • Make it with ‘maters

    By Joberta Wells

    Well, the big push is almost over. What big push, you ask? It’s the big push to fill every jar between Ohio and Tennessee with a product containing tomatoes. Lots of tomatoes! We always say we’re finished about this time in the summer but along comes a late crop of really great tomatoes so we buy more jars and fill them.

  • Back-to-school safety tips we can all use

    By Jimmy Higdon

    It’s a busy time of year for Kentucky families as students get back into the routine of school and the many after-school activities. Did you know there are more than 650,000 kids in preschool through 12th grade at Kentucky’s 4,597 public and private schools?

  • Continuing Kentucky’s economic successes

    By Daniel Elliott

  • The Amish Cook Aug. 7

    By Gloria Yoder

    Can it be true? My little sister is getting married the day after tomorrow.

    Twenty-one years ago, I stood by my mother’s bedside, in complete awe and wonder; I beheld her tiny face; it was my dream came true. I could hardly believe that Mary Grace was my very own sister. The first question that popped out of my mouth was, “Mom, may I hold her?”

  • U.S. 127 turns 60

    No highway in Casey County has as much impact on local travel and commerce than U.S. 127.

    You can’t really help but to drive it at least once a week. Wallace Wilkinson Boulevard is the site of the majority of commercial development in Liberty, and the way to Danville, Harrodsburg, Dunnville, Russell Springs and Somerset.

  • I love summer

    By Joberta Wells

    I love summer! I love smelling freshly cut hay. I love hearing “jar flies” (cicadas), katydids, and June bugs. I love seeing all the birds that returned from their winter homes.

    I love the fact that the sun is generally peeping over the hill to my east before I get up and I love that it hangs around until almost ten o’clock at night.

  • Popularity polls often reward avoiding, not facing, thorny issues

    By Jim Waters

    The recent special legislative session resulting in temporary relief from soaring pension payments faced by regional universities, local health departments, rape crisis centers and other groups known as quasi-government agencies gave Republican Gov. Matt Bevin a political victory in this year’s gubernatorial contest.

    Yet even the governor himself acknowledges that House Bill 1 doesn’t begin to solve Kentucky’s pension crisis – not even for those quasi groups.

  • House week in review

    By Daniel Elliott

    It was last year when the Kentucky General Assembly budgeted approximately $774 million to help pay public pension costs accumulated by Kentucky’s quasi-governmental agencies in the severely underfunded Kentucky Employees Retirement System’s nonhazardous duty plan.

    This week, in a special session called by the governor, lawmakers gave those more than 100 quasi-governmental agencies five distinct options to tackle their own pension obligations going forward.

  • Sen. Jimmy Higdon’s legislative update

    By Jimmy Higdon

    The anticipated special session to tackle public pensions has come to a close, and the General Assembly has passed a new plan to provide relief for over 100 quasi-governmental agencies—including local health departments, regional universities, domestic violence shelters, mental health providers, and others.

    Everyone can agree that Kentucky has a real pension problem. Prior to this five-day session, quasi-governmental agencies allowed into the Kentucky Employees Retirement System (KERS), were facing dramatically high pension costs.