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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Editorial: Conduct public's business in the light of day

      Anyone who has been in office for any amount of time will tell you that you need to quickly develop a thick skin.

    Public officials need to remember that they were elected to represent their districts, not their supporters. That will include hearing from those with opposing viewpoints and talking out differences, often in a public forum.

  • COLUMN: To those who served, thank you

     We are tired of winter. Hopefully, we’ve seen the last of it.

    The storm that produced about 18-inches of snow on Feb. 16 had just melted away – in some places was still melting – when Winter Storm Thor hit Wednesday and Thursday, dumping about 20-inches of snow on LaRue County. Some areas received up to 24-inches of snow.

    We’re glad we didn’t have ice that coated tree limbs and broke power lines. Power outages were minimal. And most of us made it through the snowstorm with water, power, cable and Internet intact.

  • Just Ask: Turning lane

     Is there a turning lane at the end of Lincoln Parkway (the light at Hardee’s/McDonalds) when you turn right onto U.S. 31-E? Each day I stop at the light with my turn signal on to turn right only to have cars drive by in the emergency lane and turn before I have the chance. Once or twice I have almost hit them in the side before I realize they are there. If this is an actual turning lane, maybe it should be marked so we all know which lane to get in to turn.

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