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Today's Opinions

  • Solving the special taxing district issue

    It’s important to understand a question before formulating an answer.

    State Auditor Adam Edelen made several questions very clear last week about Kentucky’s special taxing districts after his office spent six months developing a report on what it calls ghost governments.

    Among them: What is a special taxing district? How many exist in Kentucky? Who oversees them?

    How does the public get information about how they spend public money?

    What’s the process for dissolving a district?

  • COLUMN: Ruth Blair's outreach impacted many

    I never really understood what real outreach looked like until I watched my mother become a full-time interpreter/advocate for the Hispanic community in LaRue County. What's interesting is that my mother, Ruth Blair, a retired foreign language teacher, wouldn't strike anyone as an advocate. She passed away a day before Thanksgiving this year, and I can best describe her as a mild-mannered, soft-spoken woman who never had an unkind word for or about anyone.

  • COLUMN: 'Lincoln' beats out "Vampire Hunter'

     I admit it – I was prejudiced against the new Lincoln movie.

  • Columnist asks 'What would Mr. Hoggard do?'

     Joseph Eugene “Gene” Hoggard, who many consider to be the father of the LaRue County High School Band of Hawks, passed away Monday, Nov. 19.

    One of his former students recalled a column about him, published March 27, 1991, and asked for a reprint.

    Columnist Sarah Bennett-Booker described the impact Hoggard had on her life in “The look was band teacher’s powerful disciplinary tool.”

    Bennett-Booker wrote:

  • COLUMN: An open letter to God

     An open letter to God, a psalm of thanksgiving:

  • COLUMN: For many things, I give thanks

     It’s traditional this time of year to renumerate the many things we are thankful for.

  • COLUMN: Unfunded pension system threatens Kentucky's future

     Less funding for schools. No employee pay raises. Service cutbacks for people in need. Construction projects cancelled. Job-creating programs put on hold. Still higher college tuition.

    These and other stark developments could become Kentucky’s future if the state fails to take decisive action to address a huge unfunded liability in its public employee pension plans.

  • LETTER: In honor of American Education Week

     The National Education Association was one of the creators and original sponsors of American Education Week, Nov. 11-17.

    Distressed that 25 percent of the country's World War I draftees were illiterate and 9 percent were physically unfit, representatives of the NEA and the American Legion met in 1919 to seek ways to generate public support for education.