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Today's Opinions

  • Hemp part of bills sent to House for consideration

     FRANKFORT – In a 30-day “short session” like this year, it’s difficult for both chambers to fully consider all the bills that have been filed.  However, over the last two weeks, the Senate has taken early action on major legislation, giving the House more time to study those bills.

    This week the Senate passed important bills addressing economic development, the state’s General Fund debt, healthcare, and school safety.

  • Felons Among Us

      Can felons be forgiven, or should they be penalized permanently?

    Your General Assembly continues to increase the number of felony offenses on the statutes.  It happens when we are approached by a constituent or special interest group who want to strongly discourage certain behavior.  A legislator might respond by introducing a bill that increases a penalty from a misdemeanor/violation to a “Class D” felony.  If convicted of a Class D felony, a judge can sentence you for incarceration from one to 5 years. 

  • Religion, Speech, Assembly, Arms, Etc.

     Most Americans rightly look upon our U.S. Constitution with a form of reverence. So it might surprise you to learn that it was fiercely debated in the Congress and the state assemblies prior to its ratification.

  • Renters are responsible

     I know the property owners are being harassed and being discriminated against on the trash service bill. The Council has made an agreement with Eco-Tech and they are in trouble with Eco-Tech because the bills have not been paid. The agreement made was if the renter did not pay the bill the owner would be responsible and have to pay the bill. That is not fair as the owner did not make the bill.

  • Watch phone deals

     Maybe all the gambling talk in Frankfort is causing AT&T to bet again this year Kentucky consumers will give up their Kentucky Public Service Commission protection of regular telephone service. And they will lose again because they are putting all their cards on the table.

  • Keeping the options open for our students

     Those of you who have been reading my columns or otherwise getting information on what our schools and district has been doing over the past few years know that it is our objective to become a leader in the state in providing a rigorous and effective education to our students.  

  • Postal system gets no return on Lance Armstrong

     A few random thoughts not quite ready for the front page...

  • Quick addition doesn’t add up on tiny issue like garbage

     Sometimes it might be best to wait a few minutes before elected officials vote on items.