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Today's Opinions

  • Best of Coyle: Politics

     As outdoor temperatures heat up, so do the primary election races. This week's Best of Coyle from 2010 features a tongue-in-cheek view of the candidates.

  • Kentucky deserves better than petty partisanship

     FRANKFORT– We are nearing the end of the 2014 Regular Session, and, much like the week, before controversy hangs over the House because of procedures used to pass Kentucky’s road plan and how to pay for it.

    On Tuesday, members of the House Committee on Appropriations and Revenue received a revised version of Governor Beshear’s proposed road plan and budget less than 15 minutes before the start of the meeting, meaning legislators had only a few minutes to review a document more than 220 pages long before a vote was called.

  • Sometimes what is said isn’t always what you may mean

     SHEPHERDSVILLE - Sometimes we just get a little confused in life.

    When the column submitted by state Rep. Russell Webber’s staff in Frankfort came through the e-mail, I was admittedly confused.

    (The column can be found here)

    The basis of the article is that local communities had road projects stricken from the governor’s new transportation plan submitted to the legislature last week.

  • Best of Paul Coyle

     Some things never change: A Paul Coyle panel from 2011 in regards to increasing gas prices.

  • Budget will need lot of work this year

     FRANKFORT -- The top duty of the Kentucky House of Representatives, pass a two-year budget for Kentucky, finally came to fruition this week, some eight weeks after the Governor first proposed a budget plan.

    I, like many of my colleagues, take seriously the responsibility to pass a fiscally sound budget for the citizens of Kentucky.

    While the vote to pass the budget in the House was 53 yeas and 46 nays, it was not without much debate.

  • Every student matters

     I read with interest my friend Mike Frye’s letter in last Wednesday’s Pioneer News.  Mike asks some interesting questions and exhorts people to replicate what Mt. Washington Middle does regarding their curriculum and I believe I need to clear up a couple of things.

  • Preserving the landlines

     AARP is fighting to preserve reliable phone service for the elderly and other citizens who rely on landline service for emergency purposes and to stay connected to their family, friends and communities.

    Telephone service is a basic necessity, particularly for older adults, who are more likely than any other age group to rely on landline service to maintain social contact and preserve health and safety.

    Competition in the telecommunications market can give consumers real choices and can promote their economic well-being.

  • Don’t try to overthink comprehensive land-use plan

     Over the past quarter-century, The Pioneer News’ editorial page has been filled at least once a year with something to the tune that Bullitt County needs more planning.

    That interest in planning for our future in an organized manner has not changed.

    And that is more than the common thought of planning and zoning land-use decisions.

    Yes, we do need to plan.

    And, yes, the revision of the comprehensive land-use plan, which hasn’t had a thorough study since 1997, is important.