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Opinion

  •  A recent study published by the Society of Actuaries — the nation's leading group of financial risk analysts, and as non-partisan a group as you will find — revealed that thanks to Obamacare, the costs of medical claims for Kentuckians next year would rise an average of 34 percent. With wages stagnant and gas and tuition prices skyrocketing, these premium increases will be especially devastating for middle-class families.

  •  Just when I think I'm beyond doing something particularly horrendous and downright wrong, I do it.

    I stole a packet of Sweet 'N Low the other day.

    I put it back, because I felt guilty. Actually, I put it back because my daughter caught me, and then I felt guilty. But putting it back doesn't change the fact that I'm a Sweet 'N Low thief.

  •  Are they planning to have “flea market days” at the LaRue County Fairgrounds again this summer?

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    Marie Riggs, a recent addition to the LaRue County Fair Board, has taken over this project.

    Riggs said the flea market will be open 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays beginning April 13.

    Call her at 325-3041. She will provide information about costs and set-ups. 

  •  Does anyone know what “the chair” represents?

    This wicker chair was tied to a tree behind the LaRue County Courthouse a couple of months ago.

    Two people at the courthouse had different explanations. One said someone from Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church, adjacent to the courthouse, tied the chair to the tree for a church function.

  •  If I had planned to speak for 13 hours when I took the Senate floor, I would’ve worn more comfortable shoes. I started my filibuster with the words, “I rise today to begin to filibuster John Brennan’s nomination for the CIA. I will speak until I can no longer speak” — and I meant it.

  •  The caller on the other end of the phone line was near exacerbation. He had been given the run-around by government officials, the very people he put in office to represent him, and his quest for answers was met time and again with roadblocks.

  •  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?