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Today's Opinions

  • March 8, 2013: Our readers write

    White House truth in short supply

    Please explain this to me: Senior Homeland Security officer Gary Mead, the man whose job is arresting and deporting illegal immigrants, has suddenly decided to retire in April.

  • Government drops an F-bomb

    ISSUE: Furloughs for federal workers
    OUR VIEW: Long-term problems need long-term solutions

    Many private sector firms have swallowed furloughs to cut expenses. One of the benefits, some budget minders say, is spreading the burden across all employees and avoiding layoffs.

    The state followed suit in 2010, saving $24 million by furloughing employees for six days. Last year, Kentucky court workers were furloughed three days, saving $1.2 million.

  • Time for transparency in Frankfort

    Every year members of the Kentucky General Assembly descend on Frankfort to carry out the duties our residents expect us to do. That expectation includes making sure 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.

  • March 7, 2013: Our readers write

    Basketball hero gone but not forgotten

    On the news there was a segment regarding a high school boy throwing a game-winning shot from the other end of court — very exciting.

    It brought back memories of a 1949 basketball game at Howevalley High School.

    Paul Woodring — from Cecilia family of forever — was a senior. He made the same shot and with the same results — we won the game. Our small gym also erupted.

    I was a sophomore and a cheerleader and have never forgotten that night.

  • John Hardin getting used to success

    TOPIC: Bulldogs in Sweet 16
    OUR VIEW: Program has come a long way

    When the John Hardin High School boys' basketball team rolled to the 5th Region championship Saturday night at Hart County High School, it accomplished something most teams in the region have failed to do in the last decade: Defend the region title.

  • Hemp Bill takes a political ride

    ISSUE: Industrial hemp in Kentucky
    OUR VIEW:
    Hemp Bill political power play in Frankfort

    Much uncertainty surrounds the viability of industrial hemp as a commercial cash crop in Kentucky. One thing is certain, however. The bill intended to pave the way to reviving hemp growth in Kentucky — and whatever processing and manufacturing jobs might come with it — has been subjected to a roller-coaster of a political power struggle in Frankfort over the past several days.

  • March 6, 2013: Our readers write

    Insensitive comparisons

  • KMA president takes issue with state Medicaid

    Pop singer Prince had a hit song more than 20 years ago that said we should all “party like it’s 1999.” Unfortunately, the managed care organizations running the Kentucky Medicaid system are following the song’s advice and operating in the managed care world of 1999.