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Today's Opinions

  • Taking money off Mother Nature's 'plate'

     

    Nature lovers believing they are helping to preserve some of Kentucky's greatest treasures, its lands, forests and streams, just got a rude surprise about the special "nature" state license plate they purchase.

    Proceeds from the $10 extra they pay for the plate, which is supposed to go to the Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund, instead are being siphoned off for the ever-insufficient state General Fund and used for other purposes, The Courier-Journal's Tom Loftus reported recently.

  • Governing through the storm

    What a week of weather we have had in the commonwealth. No part of Kentucky was spared the record-breaking snowfall and temperatures this week. As schools, businesses and many government agencies had to close, so did the General Assembly due to the hazardous weather. However, the Senate made the decision to report to work on Thursday and Friday to do the people's work and help pass through legislation that would be in the best interest of our citizens.

  • Super Bowl ads: A mixed bag of good and bad

    Football is one of my favorite things to watch on TV, but during the regular season I rarely see the commercials. I’m among the millions of fans who watch DirecTV’s Red Zone Channel, and with that, the programming is a barrage of highlights and live peeks into games as the action unfolds, but with no commercials. If you’re a football fan, watch it and you’ll never want to give it up.

  • Superintendent says school system staff, administrators deserve praise

    The students and teachers, the administrators and the service workers of the Taylor County School System deserve praise for working hard in their roles. But equally deserving of praise are the members of the district’s Board of Education, not only for their work, but for their leadership.

  • Let it go!

    Lori and I were putting up groceries while our 2-year-old grandson, Eli, was making himself at home, sitting there cross-legged on the kitchen cabinet, chomping on a cookie. He reached for a bag of frozen strawberries I had set next to him.

    “You can’t have those, Eli,” I smiled. “They’re frozen.”

    At the word, “frozen,” he promptly began singing, “Let it go, let it go, let it go.”

    Lori laughed; I was confused.

  • Getting the House in order focus of first week of 2015 session

    This week marked the start of the 2015 Regular Session of the Kentucky General Assembly. For this year’s session, we are only scheduled to meet for 30 days, and we spent the first week more or less getting the House of Representatives in order. 

  • It's not about the knots

    Two days after Christmas, I surprised my wife with a post-Christmas present. It had been somewhat of a blue Christmas for her, and I thought my gift would help.

    So I gave her a rope.

    “A what?” you incredulously ask. “A rope? Really?”

    Maybe you’re thinking my gift ranks right up there with Barney Fife (Don Knotts, The Andy Griffith Show) giving his mom and dad a septic tank for their anniversary.

  • Jones says right-to-work law is exactly what Kentucky needs

    Editor’s Note: Below is a guest editorial in response to a Dec. 25 editorial by Jason Bailey with the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy.