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Today's Opinions

  • State awaits ideas for tax reform

    ISSUE: Blue Ribbon Commission on Tax Reform
    OUR VIEW: Time will tell if leadership is found

    If there’s a single issue on which lawmakers, business leaders and Kentucky taxpayers can agree, it’s the need for overhaul of the state’s tax code.

  • Dec. 2, 2012: Our readers write

    Pay attention, retirees

    The governor appointed a Kentucky tax reform panel earlier this year, which is considering a change that taxes retirees’ pensions.

    Lt. Gov. Abramson is chairman of the Blue Ribbon Panel on Tax Reform. On. Nov. 9 he said the panel could recommend tweaking the tax code that exempts taxes on pensions of $41,100 or less. Abramson said panel members are looking at decreasing the pension limit to just $15,000.

  • Thankfulness, contentment buried beneath lottery dreams

    Less than a week after counting our blessings across the table from loved ones during a Thanksgiving feast, the $550 million Powerball jackpot created days filled with daydreams. It provided an interesting contrast.

    Instead of focusing on what we have and hold, many conversations last week were punctuated with speculative spending plans for the multi-million promise that seemed just $2 away from reach.

  • ‘Cliff’ not steep enough to sway some conservatives

    Former Lexington radio talk-show host Leland Conway once asked his listeners to send pork rinds to Washington after some liberals in Congress claimed the American people didn’t care about wasteful spending amendments.

  • Getting tough on smurfing

    TOPIC: Smurfing in Kentucky
    OUR VIEW: Officials doing best in meth battle

    People who indulge in meth often also indulge in another activity: Finding creative ways around Kentucky’s restrictions on purchasing pseudoephedrine, a key ingredient for manufacturing methamphetamine.

  • Rendering unto Frankfort

    ISSUE: Kentucky tax amnesty
    OUR VIEW: It's a gift from the rest of us

    Those who are in arrears on Kentucky state taxes have just one more day to qualify for a “get out of jail free” card.

    In case you have not heard, the state is offering limited amnesty to those who qualify and file before the close of business Friday.

  • Fresh eyes and ears at Fort Knox

    ISSUE: Civilian aides visit Fort Knox
    OUR VIEW: Tour strengthens post connections

  • Nov. 28, 2012: Our readers write

    Fire protection insurance change

    To all residents in the Rineyville Fire Protection Area, it gives me great pleasure in sharing recent accomplishments regarding your Public Protection Classification rating and the effects it will have on your home owners insurance.