http://www.mycarrollnews.com/todaysopinions/rss.xml en General Assembly must protect state retirees’ pensions http://www.mycarrollnews.com/content/general-assembly-must-protect-state-retirees%E2%80%99-pensions <img src="http://www.mycarrollnews.com/sites/www.mycarrollnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/allison_treasurer.jpg" alt="Allison Ball" title="Allison Ball" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> One of the most important responsibilities of the State Treasurer is to be a watchdog for money earned by Kentuckians. That includes protecting Kentucky retirees&rsquo; pensions.</p> <p> I was proud to support Senate Bill 3 that passed the General Assembly and was signed into law by Governor Bevin earlier this year. That bill shines a light on legislator pensions by allowing the people of Kentucky to see how their tax dollars are being paid to retired legislators. This is critical information; Kentucky has one of the worst overall pension liabilities in the country.</p> Democrats to press ‘United Kentucky’ agenda http://www.mycarrollnews.com/content/democrats-press-%E2%80%98united-kentucky%E2%80%99-agenda <img src="http://www.mycarrollnews.com/sites/www.mycarrollnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/oprandrick_new2010_162.jpg" alt="Rick Rand" title="Rick Rand" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> I joined my fellow lawmakers back in Frankfort this week as we reconvened the 2017 session of the Kentucky General Assembly after a near month-long break following our brief, but rushed, organizational session in early January.</p> Leave the scale, take the progress http://www.mycarrollnews.com/content/leave-scale-take-progress-0 <img src="http://www.mycarrollnews.com/sites/www.mycarrollnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/groves_melanie_15.jpg" alt="Melanie Groves" title="Melanie Groves" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> Many of us measure progress in our fitness transformations with a scale, but if those numbers induce stress instead of motivation, then it&rsquo;s time to ditch the scale and find a better way!</p> Hicks credited for his work as coach http://www.mycarrollnews.com/content/hicks-credited-his-work-coach <p> Dear Editor:</p> <p> It takes a very special person to be dedicated to coaching a team of girls from the time they were in first grade through their sixth-grade year. The roster of seven girls eventually grew to 10, and Coach Brandon Hicks has been there from the first dribble. Coach Hick&rsquo;s, or just &ldquo;Brandon,&rdquo; as the girls like to call him has managed to coach not only his daughter&rsquo;s CCJP basketball team for six years but simultaneously his son&rsquo;s basketball team as well.</p> Small businesses represent more than 96 percent of Kentucky businesses http://www.mycarrollnews.com/content/small-businesses-represent-more-96-percent-kentucky-businesses <img src="http://www.mycarrollnews.com/sites/www.mycarrollnews.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/oprandrick_new2010_161.jpg" alt="Rick Rand" title="Rick Rand" align="left" hspace="6" /><p> FRANKFORT &ndash; Did you know that two-thirds of new jobs in the U.S. each year are created by small businesses, with over half of Americans either owning or working for one of these small (but mighty) companies? It&rsquo;s true, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration, which helps small businesses be competitive both here in the U.S. and across the globe.</p> Organizers thank community for support for Beach http://www.mycarrollnews.com/content/organizers-thank-community-support-beach <p> Editor:</p> Rare bipartisan progress http://www.mycarrollnews.com/content/rare-bipartisan-progress <p> The State Journal</p> <p> It was announced Monday that the state passed an important milepost in the effort to test the thousands-long backlog of rape kits.</p> <p> Part of the &ldquo;SAFE Act&rdquo; passed last year required all members of the Kentucky Law Enforcement Foundation, which includes most of the state&rsquo;s police agencies, to ratify a sexual response policy by Jan. 1. There is still a ways to go before the backlog can be cleared, but Monday&rsquo;s news represents progress.</p> Top 10 facts offer current view of education for state students http://www.mycarrollnews.com/content/top-10-facts-offer-current-view-education-state-students <p> Since we became a state in 1792, Kentucky has been committed to education. It is that commitment that led to key education decisions in the Civil Rights movement, the passage of the landmark 1990 Kentucky Education Reform Act&nbsp;(KERA) and the 19-year-old Kentucky Postsecondary Education Improvement Act.</p>