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Today's Opinions

  • LETTER: Session leaves disappointment for many in business community

    The 2015 session of the General Assembly is being heralded by some as a great success due to the passage of bills addressing heroin, the road fund and other issues. Without question, there is cause to acknowledge and celebrate those accomplishments.

    But there is another chapter to this session’s story for Kentucky’s business community, and it is one of disappointment because of the many pro-business bills that were left hanging in the balance when the final gavel fell.

    First, the positive results of the session that will advance Kentucky:

  • COLUMN: Frankfort Focus

    FRANKFORT – In one way, the bills filed each legislative session are not much different from the teams taking part in the NCAA basketball tournaments.  Some advance, while others find out that this is not their year.

  • COLUMN: Look but don't touch ... and other courtesies

     I’ll start by saying none of this was spurred by anyone I know personally, so if we’re friends, don’t take offense. They were, however, inspired by members of the public.

  • Court decision takes pressure off libraries

     Although it may not be the last word on the matter, many library officials around Kentucky must be feeling a bit more confident about the future of their institutions following a Friday ruling from the state Court of Appeals.

    A three-judge appellate panel unanimously overturned two lower court decisions involving revenue increases for libraries created by petition.

  • COLUMN: Splg skls hv suffrd tx 2 tk

    Gone from the landscape of many schools today is the old-fashioned spelling bee. Count us among those lamenting its demise.
    While some elementary school classes might have a spelling bee, to our knowledge, there is no school-wide spelling bee at either South Christian or Pembroke Elementary
    Back in my school days, the classroom spelling bee to determine who would represent each class in the overall spelling bee was a big deal. Teachers promoted it and students considered it a major achievement to advance to the district-wide spelling bee.

  • LETTER: In search of ...

    Searching for Brown family

    I am looking for any descendants of Joseph B. and Caroline Palmer Brown of LaRue County in the 1830s-1860s, or any information on this couple. They were my great-great-great grandparents.

    They had seven children: Felix L., John C., Nancy E. (Patterson), William Lewis, Joseph B. Jr., Susan Cynthia (Brackett) and Zachariah T. Brown. Please contact me at lightbrownie@hotmail.com

    Diana M. Brown

  • Just Ask: City Hall sets new hours

    I read in last week’s newspaper that City Hall  will be closing at 4:30 p.m.
    Will they be taking comments from the public before they change the closing time?

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    No. City Council voted unanimously to start closing the office at 4:30 p.m. effective April 1.
    The next council meeting is 7 p.m. April 13. Call City Hall in advance at 270-358-3832 if you want to be added to the agenda.
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    Why didn’t you run the answer to the online poll question last week?
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  • COLUMN: Open government? Take it personally

    Don’t take it personally?
    That’s usually good advice, but today we urge the opposite reaction to all government bodies operating in the shadows, purposely avoiding public scrutiny and genuine transparency.
    In other words, take closed government personally. Please!
    • Take it personally when a reporter is kicked out of a city council meeting so members can hold an illegal or unnecessary executive session.
    • Take it personally when public access to government records is refused, limited, or attached to excessive fees.