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Today's Opinions

  • COYLE'S CORNER
  • Budget decision getting closer

    FRANKFORT - Over the past week in Frankfort, the Senate continued its work in many areas of government policy as we passed legislation dealing with jails, health care, and education.

    We also continued to keep a close eye on the budget plan being worked on in the House of Representatives.

    We passed House Bill 231, which creates a second level of psychiatric residential treatment facility licensure in Kentucky.

  • Senate encourages energy savings

    FRANKFORT - Last week the 2010 Regular Session of the General Assembly reached its halfway point, and the Senate passed measures to increase transparency in political campaigns, build energy efficient schools, and improve Kentucky’s laws concerning driving under the influence of alcohol.

  • COYLE'S CORNER
  • Court members can get along when playing game of 'committee chairs'

    SHEPHERDSVILLE - Who says the fiscal court members can’t play well together? Especially in this time of love - Valentine Day.

    They played a game of musical chairs last week after a discussion arose over the legality of committee meetings and who could attend.

    Last year, the fiscal court officially set committees to deal with the budget, personnel, infrastructure and contracts. Joe Laswell and Eddie Bleemel sat on the budget/personnel committees with David Walker and Buddy Shepherd on the other two.

  • Council must look at all sides of deannexation

        When the move was made over 10 years ago, some questioned the need to annex along Highway 1020 to reach a business over seven miles away.

        The reason was simple - the business owner needed to get a rezoning to maintain and to expand a quarry operation and the city of Shepherdsville didn't mind picking up the added revenue for little extra expense.

        Since that occurred, many things have happened and the latest is a proposal to remove the 128-acre quarry from the city's corporate boundaries.

  • Proposal would help to fix unemployment

        FRANKFORT - Although a lot of work remains, the Kentucky House of Representatives moved the budget process forward significantly last week when the chamber’s leaders unveiled a proposal to overcome the $1.2 billion deficit the state faces during the next two years.

        Our plan calls for living within our means, without any new taxes.  It does not require the steep cuts many states have made, and it continues protecting those core services like education, Medicaid and our safety.

  • Energy program provides added education funds

        To have the governor of the Commonwealth in your community is normally a good thing.

        Barring natural disasters, governors visit with their entourage to spread good news.

        On Monday, Roby Elementary was the site of Gov. Steve Beshear’s latest visit.

        He wasn’t bringing one of those oversized checks to Bullitt County. But he was here to announce a stimulus grant for $4.75 million to a program that Bullitt County has been a part of for several years.