Today's Opinions

  • Franklin thanks her pageant supporters


    I would like to take this opportunity to thank a few individuals and groups that made my competition at The National Sweetheart Pageant, representing Kentucky, a success.

    First of all, to Vibrant Med/Erica Chowning for sponsoring the making of my state video with Beyond the Lens Productions. It turned out beautifully and I could not have asked for more supportive sponsors! Also, thanks to Cody Brown with Beyond the Lens for letting his creative juices flow and produce an amazing video in a short time.

  • Federal Reserve audit

    Congressional committees are jokingly referred to as the place where bills go to die. However, I’m happy to report that my bipartisan bill to audit the Federal Reserve passed the House Oversight and Government Reform committee by unanimous consent this summer, and is now eligible to come before the full House for a vote. Since 90% of bills die in committee, you could say that my legislation had a near-death experience, but that’s a good thing.

  • UK’s assault on open government

    Lexington Herald-Leader

    President Eli Capilouto’s insistence that the University of Kentucky must sue its student newspaper to protect sexual abuse victims from unwanted public exposure may be sincere but it flunks Reality 101.

    Meanwhile, UK’s flouting of the Kentucky Open Records Act in this and too many instances is damaging the university’s reputation and undermining public trust in Kentucky’s academic flagship.

  • Unique variety of festivals are held in Kentucky every autumn

    If there is one theme binding the numerous festivals that take place across the commonwealth each year, it’s that if we raise it, grow it or use a lot of it, there’s almost certainly a community that celebrates it.

    Most of these festivals take place over a 10-week period that begins in late August and runs through Halloween, and food is often the focal point.  During that time, you can find events dedicated to apples, chicken, country ham, sorghum, bourbon, honey, barbecue and even salt.

  • Thanks for coverage of Arts n’ Barks


    I would like to thank The News Democrat for the full-page coverage of the Arts n’ Barks in the Park. The event was a family fun-filled day with vendors, music and activities for all. It was great to see the community get involved. I appreciate the newspaper picturing all the happenings of the day.

    Sandy Beall


  • Retirement leaves AG office less equipped to deal with open meetings, open records

    Editor’s note: The article referenced in this column, “Kentucky’s Open Records Law: Celebrating the 40th anniversary of Open Government,” is on page 3.

    Amye Bensenhaver likes to talk. There’s no denying that. She’s talks fast, too, like she’s afraid she won’t be able to give you all the information she has before the next question comes. And Amye has a lot of information.

    That is, of course, why I called her.

  • Rand reflects on how Kentuckians were involved in the 9/11 tragedy

    On Sunday morning, our nation will pause to remember and reflect upon the tragedy known primarily by its date: 9/11.

    Those of us old enough to remember that Tuesday in 2001 will never forget where we were and what we were doing when we heard the news.  It had the same impact as such other pivotal moments in history, from the attack on Pearl Harbor and President Kennedy’s assassination to Neil Armstrong’s walking on the moon.

  • Expanded summer reading program successful