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Today's Opinions

  • BBB Presents “Risk Index” to Identify Top Scams

     As a kick-off to National Consumer Protection Week, the BBB Institute for Marketplace Trust has compiled information for the first BBB Scam Tracker Annual Risk Report.

    The information gathered by BBB Scam Tracker in 2016 has some surprising insights into exposure, susceptibility, and monetary loss.

    Reanna Smith-Hamblin, President/CEO of Better Business Bureau serving Louisville, Southern Indiana, and Western Kentucky, says “This study shows that people from all demographics are vulnerable to scams.”

  • Legislative pace quick this session

     FRANKFORT- The pace in Frankfort has picked up substantially, as another week of committee meetings, ceremonies, and floor votes have gone by. We have passed a variety of bipartisan legislation that will go far in increasing government transparency and caring for the most vulnerable among us. 

    At the end of last week, we passed an amended version of Senate Bill 2, which will go back to the Senate for concurrence and then on to the Governor for his signature. 

  • Peoples’ House getting a lot done

     FRANKFORT — Following the conclusion of week 3 of the 2017 session of the Kentucky General Assembly, the people’s House has accomplished a great deal, but there is much left to o. Thankfully, Republican leadership in the House of Representatives has charted a new course for Kentucky. 

  • Energy in schools - Potential versus kinetic

     Most readers will know that to say “potential energy” is another way of saying “stored” energy, like when you turn the propeller on the balsa wood rubber band powered plane until it is so twisted it is getting ready to break. 

    To turn it into kinetic energy, one just has to let go and away the plane soars.

    During the last couple of weeks, I had my yearly opportunity to speak to our 8th grade class at all six middle schools. 

    That adds up to just over a thousand 13- or 14-year-old young men and women. 

  • Fire boards seem close to contract deal

     Maybe it was the sweet smell of bacon. Maybe it was the desire to stop writing big checks to attorneys. Maybe the parties finally realized that enough was enough.

    For whatever reason, the fire district board and the fire department board at Southeast Bullitt have been working together to reach an agreement for an amended contract.

    Over breakfast Saturday, the parties calmly and intelligently discussed a skeleton of a contract agreement.

    Only one real sticking point appeared -- the length of the contract.

  • GOP staff spends less money

     FRANKFORT — The General Assembly returned to Frankfort this week after a brief organizational break, and the week has been filled with legislative meetings as well as the daily session. 

    Most importantly, when we returned we heard from Gov. Matt Bevin as he delivered the State of the Commonwealth to a joint session of the House and Senate. 

    Some major items that Governor Bevin touched on in his address were the need for tax and pension reform. 

  • Governor’s speech nails issues on head

     FRANKFORT -- The hallways were packed with Kentuckians from across the state making their voices heard as we began the second part of the 2017 Legislative Session in Frankfort. 

    I was especially heartened at the passionate crowd for the Rally for Life on Wednesday, February 8, and later in the evening that energy and excitement continued during Governor Bevin’s State of the Commonwealth Address.

    Hundreds of people filled the Capitol to celebrate the sanctity of life alongside Bevin and members of the General Assembly.

  • Cities need to watch out in Frankfort

      Watch out local officials. Discussions in Frankfort seem to be in favor of taking over city government in Louisville.

    The talk is to limit the numbers of terms a candidate can serve as mayor. That would be two.

    Also, the talk is that if there is a vacancy for mayor, the governor would have the ability to fill that position.

    The governor has always had the power to replace county officials. Now, it is getting a little deeper into the cities.