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Today's Opinions

  • The mania of WrestleMania

    WrestleMania was this past Sunday, which has been one of the premiere sporting events in my family.

    Since I married Danielle, we have been watching wrestling pay per views at her cousins house because he has the WWE channel, which shows all the WWE pay per views for free.

    However, my favorite thing about the wrestling pay per views is not the wrestling, it’s watching Danielle’s cousin’s son watching it. His son is eight-years-old and in the prime of his childhood. He gets excited with each match and has his favorite wrestlers.

  • Budget Reflects House Priorities: Education, Pensions, Public Safety

    By: Brandon Reed

    After House concurrence of a compromise two-year spending plan, we have sent the Governor a budget that fully funds Kentucky’s pension systems, boosts education funding, and prioritizes public safety. We also modernized Kentucky’s outdated, uncompetitive tax code for the first time in years, broadening the base while lowering the income tax for all working Kentuckians to 5 percent.

  • We are LaRue, and LaRue is unique

    David Raleigh was selected as the new LaRue County Schools superintendent last week.

    Raleigh was announced as the superintendent in front of a large, LARGE crowd at the central office on Thursday, March 29, 2018. I was amazed at how well the event went and how many people came. There were representatives from two newspapers and two radio station covering the event. Video players were recording, the whole meeting was being streamed live by several different outlets, cameras could be heard taking pictures throughout the event and on and on….

  • Putting our pensions on a stronger path

    Legislation to put Kentucky’s pension systems on a stronger trajectory has passed the General Assembly. This measure puts the retirement of our teachers, law enforcement, and state workers on sounder footing, and is based heavily off of the input and concerns of these valued public servants.

    I have 10 teachers and 11 state employees in my family, and I would never do anything to hurt those people. They are my pride and joy, and it has been my top priority this session to fully fund their retirement and health insurance.

  • Something new

    Monday afternoon, my brain was mush. This isn’t unusual; at the newspaper, Monday is production day, which means the whole day is, as Editor Doug Ponder likes to say, “a big puzzle.”

    No, what made this Monday unusual was that it was my last production day The LaRue County Herald News. To wake myself up, I decided to do something I had been planning to do for a while, and drove down to Lincoln’s General Store to get myself a Double Cola.

  • Ramblings about gun control

    I have been thinking about writing my column on several topics the last couple of weeks, but I never built up the courage to do it, until now.

    I am still floored by all of the recent school shootings. I’m going to save ink and not give my “formal” opinion about the gun control issue. I have written about it before and those who read my columns or know me, already know my opinion.

  • The new pension measure

    By: Brandon Reed

    It has been a busy week in our State Capitol. From continuing work to craft a budget, presenting bills before committees, and the release of a pension reform measure, there has been no shortage of activity.

  • This week in the State Capitol - State Representative Brandon Reed

    This week in Frankfort marked the halfway point of the 2018 Legislative Session. Kentucky is a robust state, with many incredibly good traits, and some serious issues still to tackle. Every two years in Frankfort, the Legislature is charged with crafting a budget to fund important government programs like education, public safety and transportation, just to name a few.