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Opinion

  •  Every year members of the Kentucky General Assembly descend on Frankfort to carry out the duties that our citizens expect to do. That expectation includes making sure that the legislative process is open and transparent to all Kentuckians.

    But time and time again, and to the frustration of many of us in the Kentucky House of Representatives, the legislative process seems in some cases to be stuck in the back rooms of the Capitol. Never has that been clearer than our efforts to address one of the major issues of the 2013 Session: reforming our public pension system.

  •  This year the Black History Month Citizen of the Year goes to a lady who has been an inspiration to many people in the community. She is rather quiet until you get to know her and never does anything for “show” or a “pat on the back.”

    I often wonder – does she realize how many people she has inspired by her love for people, a kind personality and sweet spirit?

  •  I seem to be getting a lot of telemarketing calls. I signed up for the no call list. Do I need to sign up again? Does it expire?

     

    The numbers placed on the National Do Not Call Registry remain on it permanently due to the Do-Not-Call Improvement Act of 2007 which became law in February 2008. First, make sure you are registered. After about a month, you can file complaints about telemarketing calls.

  •  Why don’t the county fire departments give monthly reports to Fiscal Court like the city fire department gives to City Council?

  •  I am a chili snob. I admit it.

  •  Four years and a few months ago, before the Obama/Biden ticket decided it couldn’t win in Kentucky and the rest of the coal producing states, I was in Frankfort sitting around the Governor’s Office of Local Development with Dick Prelopski, the Director and Leo Haggarty, East Kentucky field rep one afternoon.  A call came in from National Public Radio, NPR. John Hockenberry, NPR news show host, wanted to talk to someone in Kentucky about what the Obama campaign had to do to be competitive in Kentucky.

  •  I’ve always thought the ages of 12 to 14 were the worst in my life – no longer a child but far from being a driver’s license-wielding teenager. 

  •  Recent reports of theft of floral arrangements and mementos at Red Hill Cemetery may be exaggerated, said Hodgenville Mayor Terry Cruse. It is possible that the items are being discarded by cemetery staff during mowing season and after the holiday season.

  •  Why doesn’t the siren sound at noon like it used to?

  •  Why doesn’t the siren sound at noon like it used to?

     

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    E-911 Coordinator Chris Jackson said the Hodgenville weather siren stopped working a couple weeks ago.

    “We have contacted the repair service to have it repaired,” he said.

  •  Is it true that if you don’t pay a business or individual for a product you purchased or a service you received, and that debt is not collected for or had been forgiven, then that is consider income for that person that owed the bill, and that amount should be reported as income on your yearly income taxes?

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    The best person to ask is your tax advisor or attorney, if you are in this situation.

    We found the following on IRS.gov:

  • 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?

  •  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.

  •  I voted for write-in candidate Roseanne Barr for President in the Nov. 6 election. Why wasn’t this reported in the newspaper?

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    Before a write-in vote can be counted on Election Day, the candidate must have filed to run in the state of Kentucky. The deadline to file as a write-in candidate in the Nov. 6 election was Oct. 26, according to the Secretary of State’s website.

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    We can get our national news on cable television, catch the weather on local broadcast stations, listen to talk radio on the AM or FM dial and follow our favorite blogs on the Internet, but where do we turn for local information that directly impacts our daily lives? More often than not it is community newspapers.

    Technology has transformed how we gather information in the 21st Century. Newscycles run 24/7, tablets and laptops are becoming smaller and smart phones keep getting smarter.

  •  Now that McDonalds has two ordering speakers, should you follow the directions painted on the drive-thru pavement then go to the available speaker or should you go around the cars in line to advance to the second ordering speaker?

  •  Why did the City purchase new carpet for the civic center when it is used mostly during the summer showing movies?

     

    The carpet in the Civic Center was decades old and “very stained,” according to City Clerk MaDonna Hornback.

    The building is rented out throughout the year to various groups and hosts dignitaries at times, including the governor.

    The carpet cost $7,000.

     

  •  One of my favorite stories is the one where my friend Mike announced that he had given up pride for Lent.

    He was so proud of his decision, couldn’t wait to start. Just knew he’d nail it.

    That was about seven or so years ago and we still laugh about it.

  •  Why are there tombstones behind Smith’s Plaza?