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Today's Opinions

  • Landmark legislation passed as session comes to a close

    By Daniel Elliott

    Your Kentucky General Assembly has completed the 2018 Regular Session. With so many difficult problems to work on, it has been a challenging few months. I very much appreciate your input, and understand that it was hard to keep up with at times. For now, here is an alphabetical list of major legislation that becomes law this year.

  • We are the caretaker of our thoughts

    By William Holland

  • Tax-raising politicians would choose comfort over transparency

    By Jim Waters

    What led to Judge Thomas Wingate’s ruling supporting the Bluegrass Institute Center for Open Government’s claim that the Kentucky House of Representatives held an illegal closed-door meeting last summer is indicative of how most politicians would, if given a choice, handle contentious issues.

    It’s why we have one of the nation’s strongest open meetings laws and don’t give lawmakers the choice of conducting the public’s business – including policy debates – privately.

  • The green of stress and greed

    Money. Cash. Green stuff. Why is U.S. currency green? Who decided on the classic green hue?

    According to an online article by the History Channel, the U.S. Bureau of Printing and Engraving selected the green color because the ink was plentiful and resistant to chemical changes; and green symbolizes stability, life, and growth. www.history.com/.

  • ‘KanCare’ is not good Medicaid

    ‘KanCare’ is not good Medicaid

    To the Editor:

    I am writing regarding the Guest Editorial by Jim Waters in last week’s Casey County News where he touts the wonders of, among two or three states, the accomplishments of the State of Kansas regarding Medicaid (known in Kansas as ‘Kancare’). I had almost completed my Letter to the Editor when I came across an article that appeared May 12, 2018 in the Kansas Emporia Gazette newspaper. I am quoting a portion of it below. I think that just about says it all!

  • To pot or not to pot

    By Joberta Wells 

    I am just a simple old country woman but something has piqued my curiosity. Why has the former Speaker of the House, John Boehner, all of a sudden decided that we need to legalize and decriminalize the use of marijuana? Along those same lines, why has his good buddy, the current Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, introduced a bill to allow hemp farming? Are these bad boys getting paid off by someone in the cannabis business? Inquiring minds want to know!

  • Helping recovering addicts get back to work

    By Mitch McConnell 

    Substance abuse is the public health crisis of this generation. It’s claiming lives in Kentucky and across the nation at an unprecedented rate. Like nearly half of all Americans, you or your family probably know someone whose life has been torn apart because of drug addiction.

    But as a leader in Kentucky’s business community recently noted, this problem isn’t only devastating families and communities. It’s also a workforce emergency.

  • Local elections are the most important elections

    In races where Republican candidates have no Democratic challenger, the results of the May 22 Primary election for Casey County offices will almost certainly produce November’s General Election winner. There’s a lot at stake, and I hope that those who can vote, choose to exercise that right.

    People stopping by The Casey County News office here in Liberty have said this election will “make or break” the county. I probably wouldn’t go that far.