• Editorial: Drug test for welfare recipients?

    It has been widely stated on social networking Web sites such as Facebook and Topix that Kentucky has a law mandating drug testing for those who receive public assistance.
    Well, it’s not true — yet.
    A bill pre-filed in the Kentucky legislature (see story on page the front page) would, if passed into law, mandate random drug testing for anyone receiving monetary public assistance, food stamps or Medicaid benefits.
    Critics say that the bill picks on the poor and labels them as drug users.

  • Editorial: Less fun on the Fourth

    If the shows of the last couple of years are any indication, then the City of Liberty will have one of the most spectacular fireworks shows in this area come Monday night as we join with other cities across the country in celebrating our nation’s birthday.
    “Thunder on the Green” has proven that Liberty can host a fireworks show second to none, and it attracts thousands of people to the Central Kentucky AG/EXPO Center to watch.
    However, there will be something missing from this year’s Fourth of July celebration — everything, except the fireworks.

  • Threepeat is sweet

    In November 1999, six Casey County High School students went to a board of education meeting, asking (begging) the board to let Casey have a tennis program.
    Landon Williams and Jacob Davis, who acted as spokespersons for the group, had done their homework well, outlining the minimal costs to start the program. Besides hiring a coach, the only thing needed, they said, was some tennis balls and transportation to away matches as Casey had no tennis courts.

  • Editorial: Ag/Expo Center turning the corner

    By all accounts, things at the Central Kentucky AG/EXPO Center are looking better. And that’s based on what’s going on out there, and not on some “pie in the sky, rose-colored glasses” assessment.
    Thanks in large part to the ag center’s advisory board, the enclosing of the large arena attracted events this past winter that otherwise would never have considered using an open arena.
    And that means that not only is word spreading around the country that the center is a good place to host an event, it also means that the bottom line financially will be a lot healthier this year.

  • Guest Editorial: What ‘keep and bear arms’ actually means

    By Christopher Coffman
    Guest Columnist

    Most, if not all, American citizens are aware of the separation of powers inherent in our Constitution. We have three branches of government: the legislative, executive, and the judiciary. That last one is a favorite of mine. However, the Tea Party movement has helped remind people there is another separation: state and federal.  

  • Editorial: Why open meetings?

    According to law, meetings of all government agencies are open to the public. That means anyone can attend and address the governing body.
    There are some exceptions to open meetings, which would include special-called meetings. In those instances, the agency is restricted, again by law, to address only the item(s) on its agenda.

  • Editorial: Enclosed arena paying off

    Kudos to the Central Kentucky AG/EXPO Center Advisory Board for coming up with the idea to enclose the large arena at the center, and the Casey County Fiscal Court for following through.
    Board vice-chairman Don Sweeney is to be commended for keeping the board focused for more than 18 months on this important project.
    Once the project was completed, the board could only speculate as to how many groups would want to rent the enclosed arena during the winter.

  • Editorial: Council needs to look to future

    As we have previously noted, it isn’t always easy to be a politician, especially in a small town.
    Elected officials supposedly have more contact with constituents and therefore represent those interests in the way they vote the issues. However, there are times when an elected official must do what’s right, even if it goes against the grain.
    Just this past week, Mayor Steve Sweeney proposed to the City Council that a tourism commission be formed to administer a 3 percent room and restaurant fee.

  • Editorial: Do the right thing for the right reason

    Politicians like to say that “you cannot please all the people all the time.” An appendage to that statement could be — “or, in some instances, none of the time.”
    Casey County Judge/Executive Ronald Wright now finds himself in this unenviable position  concerning garbage collection.
    One of three garbage haulers in the county, Henry Lawson, has been serving in that capacity for more than 30 years. And his three sons are now engaged in the business.

  • Editorial: Thumbs up to floats, down to fire depts.

    While the parade at Liberty’s Downtown Christmas Celebration can’t rival that of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, or even some Christmas parades from nearby cities, it does alright for a small town. And this year’s version was pretty nice.
    We were impressed with the number of floats and other units participating, and only wish that some of these creative people would enter a float in the Apple Festival Parade. While the Apple Festival Parade is much bigger and longer than the Christmas Parade, it usually features only a small number of floats.