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Opinion

  • Senator Carroll Gibson’s Legislative Update

     

    The second week of April is the last week of the Governor’s 10-day veto period. The 14th and 15th, both chambers return to Frankfort and take up any final action on bills, including the budget bills, if there are disagreements with the Governor’s potential vetoes. During this period, it is quiet around the capitol. This week several members came to Frankfort to meet about pending legislation, and continue to discuss the Road Plan, which has not yet come to the floor for a vote.

  •   Why are the mayor and city clerk still on the job?

    If they were employed by any other business or company they would have been fired months ago.

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  •  The decision out of Franklin Circuit Court that the Bluegrass Pipeline does not have the power of eminent domain shows that, at least in one branch of government, private citizens’ rights are still important.

    In his summary judgment against Bluegrass Pipeline, Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip J. Shepherd ruled March 25 that the pipeline was not “in public service,” and therefore not eligible to have the government seize private property against the will of landowners.

  • What is the salary of the LaRue County PVA?

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    According to the State Local Finance Officer (Department of Local Government), an incoming property valuation officer in LaRue County will earn $76,264.12.

    (Editor’s note: A new judge/executive, sheriff, county clerk and jailer would make the same salary – as set by the state.)

  •  How much did the restroom facility at Creek Front Park cost? Was the contract bid? What contractor was awarded the project?

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    The restroom facility was part of a matching grant program from the Department of Local Government. It cost $24,692 with the City of Hodgenville matching the grant with in-kind labor. The City acted as its own general contractor and purchased the construction materials, according to City Clerk/Treasurer MaDonna Hornback.

    Several local construction firms/workers were hired to do the work.

  •  In November 2004, Kentuckians overwhelmingly passed an amendment to Kentucky’s constitution that said marriage shall be between one man and one woman. A legal status identical or substantially similar to that of marriage for unmarried individuals shall not be valid or recognized, the constitution states.

    During that year, 13 states passed similar amendments. Many of these amendments were in large part because activist judges, mainly in the Northeast, were overriding the people’s will and allowing gay marriage in those states.

  • I was in the left turning lane at the intersection by Hardee’s recently. I sat there for nine minutes and watched other lights keep changing – but mine never did. I finally ran the red light after I made sure no one was coming. That is not the first time I have had to sit at that red light for what seemed like forever.
    I even put my car in reverse to move back a little, thinking I wasn’t in the right place to trigger the light to change – but it didn’t make a difference.
    What is the deal?

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  •  Shirley Childress provided insight for last week’s Just Ask question about the 1940 Census.

  •  Seven years after the General Assembly voted overwhelmingly to raise the state’s minimum wage, the Kentucky House of Representatives returned to the issue on Thursday when it passed legislation that follows a similar path taken by that 2007 law.

    This is an issue that is drawing a lot of attention across the country. The National Conference of State Legislatures says 23 states considered raising it 2013, and Kentucky is one of 20 doing the same this year, with more expected in the months ahead.

  •  Census question

  •  If one Kentucky legislator has his way, many Kentuckians could lose access to public information related to their local governing bodies.

  • Oklahoma-based Williams Co. and Texas-based Boardwalk Pipeline Partners want to build a pipeline to pump natural gas liquids across the commonwealth. The partnership expects it will not be able to negotiate sales with 2 percent of landowners along the route.

  • For the last three months, representatives of Bluegrass Pipeline have been meeting in the homes of landowners in 13 Kentucky counties to discuss the project and the prospect of purchasing an easement, which is the right to use a narrow strip of land for installation of the underground pipeline. 

  • The proposed Bluegrass Pipeline is damaging our community even though construction hasn’t even begun. That’s because neighbors don’t want to tell neighbors what to do with their land, but no one wants a hazardous liquids pipeline in his or her neighborhood.

  • It happened again.

  • Dec. 31, 2013 – Last day to change political party affiliation and be eligible to vote in that party’s primary election

  • I have noticed many farmers in our community are taking out their fences with bulldozers or other heavy equipment. Why are they doing that?

  • To say the rollout of the Bluegrass Pipeline was bungled in Nelson County is an understatement.

    In June, officials from the companies looking to construct the natural gas liquids pipeline through 13 counties in Kentucky, including Nelson, attended a public meeting organized by Nelson County Fiscal Court.

    The local interest in the project was apparent by the number of people who attended looking for answers to their questions. Unfortunately, even the representatives who showed up admitted they were lacking in useful information.

  •  What can you find out about this milk carton that was purchased locally? Has it expired?