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Today's Opinions

  • Pension framework lacks critical details, Rand says

    For most of the year, Gov. Matt Bevin has promised he would call a special legislative session to focus on making major changes to the retirement systems of our school employees and those who work for state and local governments.  We still have no specific date, but he and Republican leaders of the General Assembly did offer a framework last week of what they would like to see become law.

  • Hornback writes about governor’s proposed pension plan

    An ailing pension system threatening our state’s financial stability is the number one issue facing our great Commonwealth. As your State Senator, I have vowed to keep the pension promise to our teachers and public servants, and I am certain that the pension reform plan proposed by Gov. Bevin and the Kentucky General Assembly will do just that.

  • Keeton offers three chili recipes to try this fall

    Hello once again, my friends. It’s crazy to think that we are already back to talking about cool/cold weather foods and all the wonderful comfort they bring. But time stands still for no man, they say, and the fact is, it’s time to curl up with some tasty, hearty food and embrace the season.

    With cool weather here there’s only one subject really to talk about when it comes to food: chili. The ultimate fall and winter food is back and, frankly, I couldn’t be any happier about it.

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  • Kentucky continues to see progress after educational reform in 1990

    When taking the long view, Kentucky has covered quite a bit of ground since we overhauled elementary and secondary education in 1990.

    Several years ago, for example, a study out of Harvard University found that only seven states saw their schools make greater progress during the previous two decades.  Education Week’s most recent Quality Counts study, meanwhile, ranks Kentucky 16th when focused just on academic achievement.

  • Fall is a great time to evaluate goals, plan for the future

    Fall is here! It is pumpkin spice latte, sweater, boots, football, chili, apple picking, pumpkin patch weather. Well at least the calendar says so, even if the temperature gauge does not. I bet if you went back to see all of my columns published in October, they will all start with some sort of homage to fall, my favorite time of the year.

  • Worthville School reunion Nov. 11 at 2 p.m.

    Dear Editor,

    I just wanted to remind everyone about the upcoming reunion for Worthville School alumni.  It will be held at Worthville Baptist Church Life Center, 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017.  We would love for you to bring any old photos or memorabilia from your time at Worthville School.  Refreshments will be served. Come and share your memories and get reunited with old friends. If you know of anyone out of town, please help us spread the word. It will be a fun day! For more information call (502) 480-6349.

    Respectfully submitted,

  • Celebrate retired teachers Oct. 15-21

    Editor:

    The week of Oct. 15-21, 2017 has been proclaimed Retired Teachers Week. Also, the 2014 General Assembly officially adopted House Resolution 19 declaring the third week in October to be Kentucky Retired Teachers Appreciation Week.