• Editorial: Watch those words

    In this day of instant information via computer, tablet, or smartphone, literally millions of news articles are out there for anyone to read.
    The problem lies in knowing what is truth and what is not. Some of the stories are clearly entertaining while others are more defamatory in nature.
    But despite our use of technology in gathering news, some prefer to pass tidbits of gossip the old fashioned way, by word of mouth.
    We were reminded this week that passing a wee bit of salacious gossip can land a person in court.

  • Editorial: Thanks, Casey County Hospital

    With Kentucky in the top 10 in the nation of so many health problems such as obesity, diabetes, cancer, and heart disease, these problems are compounded because many people don’t have health insurance and cannot afford to be proactive in getting regular checkups.
    That’s why we want to give a tip-of-the-hat to Casey County Hospital for sponsoring the recent Health Fair in which 1,748 local residents got more than $300 of blood work done for $12 — a real bargain in terms of today’s health care screening costs.

  • Editorial: Education needs funds

    As anyone who attends the Casey County School Board meetings can see, our Board and District staff have done a marvelous job of being fiscal conservatives, yet without skimping on quality teachers, staff, or instructional materials and resources for students.
    However, the financial cushion that the Board has worked hard to build is slowly being eroded away by continuous cuts on the state and federal levels along with rising prices of goods and services.

  • Editorial: County’s efforts to be commended

    The annual Casey County Fiscal Court audit is out and, taken on face value, it’s much like the ones released the past five years.
    State Auditor Adam Edelen’s office uses contract auditors to go into county courthouses and examine the financial records for the previous year.
    While we are of the opinion that this is a necessary function of government to hold local governments accountable when it comes to handling the people’s tax money, the results of the audit seem worse than they really are.

  • Rowell: Legislative bills address drug problem

    As I have looked at the list of pre-filed bills awaiting lawmakers in Frankfort next month, I’ve noticed that several deal with trying to get a handle on the state’s drug problem.
    And let me state at the outset of this missive that I support these bills.
    Sen. Jimmy Higdon, R-Lebanon, is seeking passage of a bill that would regulate the so-called “pill-mills” or pain clinics that are popping up all over the state.

  • 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.