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Today's Opinions

  • National Sunshine Week: Keep the foxes away from the hens

    By MIKE CALDWELL

    The Advocate-Messenger

    Everyone was talking about the total eclipse in 2017, but the Kentucky Legislature is trying to create its own version this year by shielding local governments and school districts from much-needed “sunshine.”

    This is the first step toward leaving the public in the dark.

    And the timing couldn’t be more ironic.

    This coming week, March 11-17, is National Sunshine Week.

  • National Sunshine Week: Keep the foxes away from the hens

    By MIKE CALDWELL

    The Advocate-Messenger

    Everyone was talking about the total eclipse in 2017, but the Kentucky Legislature is trying to create its own version this year by shielding local governments and school districts from much-needed “sunshine.”

    This is the first step toward leaving the public in the dark.

    And the timing couldn’t be more ironic.

    This coming week, March 11-17, is National Sunshine Week.

  • Rand outlines transportation bills passed by the House

    When it comes to getting from points A to B, few states do as good a job as Kentucky.

    It certainly doesn’t hurt that our central location puts us closer to more Americans than any other state, and only three states have more miles of navigable waterways.  We’ve added to that by having not one but two of the country’s busiest cargo airports, and we’re also among the top 10 states when counting the number of railcars originating here, a statistic that sheds light on the true size of our manufacturing and coal industries.

  • Senate passes bill setting legal age to be married at 18 years old

    Now that the General Assembly is in the home stretch of the current legislative session, activity in the legislative committee system is in overdrive. There are only a couple of weeks left in the 2018 Session. The pace of activity in the Capitol is sure to continue increasing in the days ahead as the Senate continues work on the Commonwealth’s budget proposal.

  • New revenue may be only option to fix pensions

    Editor:

    When I began a career in education in 2006, The Kentucky Public Pension 

    system was reported to be one of the most robust in the nation. 

    Unfortunately, the legislature forestalled their annual obligations to the 

    retirement system to fund other programs for several years. (The Courier 

    Journal reports that this happened to varying degrees over a 20-year 

    period.) Compounding the problem, the recession of 2008 caused stagnation in 

  • House budget rejects Bevin’s education cuts, includes full funding for state retirement

    When Gov. Matt Bevin presented his budget to the General Assembly in late January, it quickly became clear that his proposed cuts to education would be too much for our schools to handle.

    It would reduce elementary and secondary funding by more than $380 million over the next two years and take away almost $160 million more from our colleges and universities.  That’s 540 million steps back at a time when it is more critical than ever that we have our students running ahead.

  • Senate reviewing House budget; first hearing for proposed pension reform bill

    Receiving the Commonwealth’s two-year, multi-billion dollar budget plan from our colleagues in the House highlighted one of our busiest weeks yet in the Senate as we reached the two-thirds point of the 2018 Session of the Kentucky General Assembly. Hundreds of visitors from all corners of Kentucky packed committee hearings and rallied for important causes in a week that saw no shortage of legislative activity.

  • Put your seat belt on, this might get bumpy

    Do volatile markets cause you sleepless nights? Are you to the point that you want to pull the plug on your investments? You’re not alone.

    Many investors want to disregard all logic and, unfortunately, make bad decisions when markets are turbulent. However, making investment decisions based on emotion, rather than good judgement, is usually the absolute worst thing you can do for your family’s financial future.