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Today's Opinions

  • Remember your finances while spring cleaning

    Many people have an annual spring cleaning routine which includes washing windows, cabinets and woodwork.  This year take time to also “clean-up” your financial records. 

    Sort through your financial paperwork, and identify old statements which can be shredded or thrown away. Remember, it is always a good idea to shred any paperwork that contains personal information, especially bank account, credit card or other financial information.

  • Give the gift of help

    More times than not, people assume community is simply a group of individuals in the same area. Community is so much more than just that. It is a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals.

    It is important for a community of people to help each other because when you help someone, later on in life they will remember it when they see someone who needs help and hopefully return the favor.

  • Senator Steve Meredith’s legislative update - March 29, 2017

    Since this is the period of the Legislative Session when the Governor has his veto days and the Senate does not meet, I wanted to discuss the issue of making health care more accessible and more affordable for all Kentuckians. As the former CEO of a rural hospital, improving health care was a major factor that drove my decision to run for public office.

  • Letter: Remembering 9/11

    Dear Editor,

    On some anniversaries we celebrate. On others we reflect.

    The 16th anniversary of the attack on America and New York’s World Trade Center is one of the times for reflection. There is truly nothing to celebrate in the extraordinary tragedy of 9/11.

    As much as I would like to forget some of them, the images from that day will never be out of my mind, nor will the victims and their families.

  • New to LaRue: color me impressed

    First impressions tend to last a long time. My first impression of Kentucky actually happened in Hodgenville four years ago when I was traveling with my family from Nashville to Chicago. Driving up I-65, we saw a sign for the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park and my dad, ever the historian, pulled off at the exit. We watched the film at the visitor’s center, walked up the 56 steps to the memorial, and left understanding and appreciating a great president a little more.

  • Seeing good in the bad

    The news about the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey has been one of the top topics over the last couple of weeks. The category four hurricane has wreaked havoc on southeastern Texas and caused catastrophic flooding in the area with some areas receiving more than 40 inches of rain in a four day period. The death toll continues to rise and there are many areas that are still without water and electric.

    I am always interested in seeing how the mass news media covers any storms like this one. Well, actually, I am always interested to see how they cover any topic anymore.

  • Public Pensions Report Released; Interim Committees Continue to Meet

    The independent consulting group, PFM, commissioned by the state to examine our pension problems, released their long-awaited report on Monday, August 28. In the midst of much news reporting and information being pushed, it is important to note that the report only lists PFM’s proposals, and any legislative action will not mirror the full recommendations.

  • The Pension Crisis

    Bringing about a flurry of facts and a storm of misconceptions, Kentucky’s pension crisis has become one of the most dominating news stories in recent months. One thing is for certain: if our state pensions are not addressed in the very near future, we will face huge cuts in state funding. Education, Medicaid, and other government services would likely be affected—a risk our state is not in a position to take.