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Today's Opinions

  • COYLE'S CORNER
  • Civil service changes must be researched

    The only surprise in discussions to study the Shepherdsville civil service ordinance is that it has taken this long.

    There are no guarantees that any changes will be made. And the discussion will be good.

    When it was approved several years ago, there was no public outcry. And several stories were written about it.

    There was really no outcry until election time arose.

    The city’s version protects every employee from discipline or dismissal. If done, the employee can ask for a hearing before the civil service board.

  • State to get federal stimulus dollars to spend

    FRANKFORT ee" Although final details are still pending, Kentucky got a much clearer picture last week of what it can expect from the federal stimulus package that Congress recently passed. Even with quite a few strings attached, it should still provide a substantial lift right when we need it most.

    According to Gov. Beshear, we will get a little more than $3 billion over the next 28 months, which doesn’t include direct stimulus payments Kentuckians may receive from such things as tax cuts or boosts in Social Security payments.

  • COYLE'S CORNER
  • City officials looking down barrel at very tough spot

    Welcome to life on the Shepherdsville City Council. And, by the way, in your first six weeks in office, you have a multi-million dollar project to decide upon.

    And, worse than that, the decision is worth a whole lot more than simply an expansion and upgrade of your sewer infrastructure.

    For nearly a year, Shepherdsville officials have been talking with various entities.

    Jim Beam Distillery in Clermont has its own package sewer treatment plant. Under the proposal, the company would give up its plant and hook up to the city’s expanded system.

  • COYLE'S CORNER
  • No days off as legislative session remains very active

    Although the General Assembly did not meet last week because of the Presidents’ Day holiday and a four-day recess, the halls of the Capitol were anything but quiet.

    Many of the House and Senate committees took this time to debate bills likely to come up before we complete the 2009 Regular Session next month.

    On Wednesday, for example, the House’s Judiciary Committee voted in favor of legislation that would keep judges from granting shock probation to those who have been convicted of killing someone while driving under the influence.

  • Bills would make elections more accountable

    FRANKFORT – Last week, as the 2009 Session resumed, we passed or moved along bills aimed at holding your government and electoral processes visible and publically accountable, from campaigns to officeholders to lobbyists.

    Senate Bill 62, which we passed this week, calls for more frequent reporting of campaign contributions and also directs that these reports be filed electronically in races for state office.