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Today's Opinions

  • Mark 9/11 with prayer, service

    BEDFORD, Ky. — It was shortly before 9 a.m. that most Americans knew something was wrong that bright fall day 16 years ago.

    Regular TV programming ended abruptly nationwide as video of smoke pouring out of a tower of the World Trade Center in New York City dominated broadcasts. A commercial airliner had hit the tower in what was at first thought to be an accident. When a second plane hit the second tower at 9:03 a.m., America’s worst fears were confirmed: The crashes weren’t accidents. The planes had been hijacked.

  • Hornback discusses the history of Kentucky’s pension crisis

    Bringing about a flurry of facts and a storm of misconceptions, Kentucky’s pension crisis has become one of the most dominating news stories in recent months. One thing is for certain: if our state pensions are not addressed in the very near future, we will face huge cuts in state funding. Education, Medicaid, and other government services would likely be affected—a risk our state is not in a position to take.

  • Rand provides history behind Labor Day holiday

    Labor Day is a day off for many workers. But what is Labor Day, and what does it really mean for America’s workforce?

    Certainly, the American worker has come a long way and we can be thankful that we have traveled the distance. We have the right to a safe environment and compensation when we are injured. We are entitled to fair and equal hiring and management practices. And we are entitled to a minimum wage.

  • Saving Kentucky’s retirement systems

    By Gov. Matt Bevin,

    Senate President Robert Stivers,

    and House Speaker Jeff Hoover

    Kentucky’s pension systems are in critical condition. While certain state retirement plans are arguably in “better shape” than others are, every system is severely underfunded and rapidly spiraling downward towards a single outcome: no more money to pay Kentucky’s retirees.

  • State experiences budget shortfall

    The end of the last fiscal year wasn’t as good to the state as we had hoped it would be.

    When the group of independent economists who gauge how much revenue the state will have gave its official revenue estimate in late 2015, it predicted 2.7 percent growth state General Fund over Fiscal Year 2016. What we got was 1.3 percent growth, leaving us with a budget shortfall of $138.5 million.

  • Victories for Kentucky families

    This Republican Congress is making important strides on issues that have a direct impact on Kentucky. We’ve listened to you and the concerns you’ve raised. As your senior Senator, I am proud of these accomplishments, and we’re just getting started.

  • Parent upset about transportation, safety issues

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  • Slow mail costs money

    By Matthew Paxton IV

    Publisher of The News-Gazette, Lexington, VA and President of the National Newspaper Association

    Most people get mail every day, Monday through Saturday. But what happens when the mail comes later than we expect?

    We found out a few years ago, when the Postmaster General had to take away overnight First-Class and Periodicals mail from most of the nation. That caused a problem for a lot of consumers and businesses. Now, we may be facing a new slowdown, if something isn’t done by Congress very soon.