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Today's Opinions

  • Legislature considers pension, prescriptions and police cameras

    By Robert Weber

    Kentucky General Assembly

    FRANKFORT — Efforts to reform the state’s public pension systems have taken a winding road and faced uncertain prospects at times since the issue came to the forefront of public discussion last year. But after making changes based on input received from stakeholders throughout the General Assembly’s 2018 session, public pension legislation reached the end of its legislative journey this week as lawmakers approved a bill on the issue and delivered it to the governor’s office to be signed into law.

  • Local newspapers face challenges but deserve community support

    By Melissa Martin

    Before the Internet, social media, and cable television, the daily newspaper connected residents and neighbors to each other through stories, pictures, and published events.

    My grandparents lived in the same house on the same piece of land in the same hollow in the same county for decades. The daily newspaper was fundamental for them.

  • Session begins to wind down, but the work continues to ramp up

    Rep. Daniel Elliott

    As always, it was a busy and eventful week in Frankfort. Although we had a short week with only four days of action, every day was fairly lengthy and the end result was a plethora of bills and resolutions passed, most of which are heading straight to the governor for final approval.

  • Don’t get sick this Easter

    By Debbie Shepherd

    CEA Family & Consumer Sciences

    With Easter upon us, many of us will be coloring, decorating and hunting eggs. If you plan to eat those eggs, remember these tips to keep yourself and your loved ones from developing a food-borne illness.

  • USDA seeks applications for funding to increase broadband in rural areas

    USDA

    Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett recently announced that USDA is accepting applications for grants to fund broadband infrastructure projects in unserved rural communities. Kentucky State Director Hilda Legg is a strong advocate for providing e-connectivity across the Commonwealth, and recognizes the critical capabilities this grant money can bring to communities in need.

  • Governor makes appointments

    Kentucky Press News Service

    FRANKFORT – Gov. Matt Bevin has made the following appointments to Kentucky Boards and Commissions:

    Brigadier General Benjamin F. Adams III has been designated Vice-Chair of the Kentucky Commission on Military Affairs.

    Adams III, of Lexington, is the Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Veteran Affairs.

  • Budget negotiations continue last week in legislature

    Kentucky Legislature

    FRANKFORT — There are always surprises in legislative sessions. But one safe assumption when a state budget must be approved is that Kentucky Senate and House members will form a committee late in the session to iron out differences between each chamber’s preferred state spending plan.

    That’s what happened this week as Senate and House members created a conference committee in the hopes of reaching an agreement on Kentucky’s next two-year budget before a legislative recess that’s scheduled to start on March 29.

  • Pizza pockets are helping to feed our growing flock

    By Gloria Yoder

    Amazing how swiftly life can whisk you from one stage to another! Just a year ago we had only two children, now here we are with five little blessings! Honestly, we have had our share of “growing pains” that have gone with it, but then life wouldn’t be complete without any of these little darlings including the two foster children.