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Today's Opinions

  • AG helps spread Sunshine for public

     Sunshine Week is celebrated across the nation every March to highlight the importance of open government and how only transparency can ensure accountability. 

    In Kentucky, Sunshine Week (March 12-18) could not come at a more important time, as the very protections afforded by our state’s Open Records laws are being attacked, and could even be eviscerated, by some of our public universities.

  • House reaching session’s home stretch

     FRANKFORT – We are in the final stretch of the Regular Session and the House has been hard at work to better Kentucky. 

    We passed a variety of measures as of late that will expand educational choice in Kentucky, reform our legal system, and positively benefit our area. 

  • City taking unique step to bring new businesses

     The governing body in Mount Washington has taken a different approach to bringing in needed businesses to its community.

    Recently, the city purchased a building which got its start as a Pizza Hut many, many years ago.

    The price, including the existing restaurant equipment, was a cool $550,000.

    Most governmental agencies do not have that kind of money to spend.

  • What does MPCAA mean to you?

     Multi-Purpose Community Action Agency provides services for people in Bullitt, Shelby and Spencer counties and approximately eight years ago I accepted the position of Executive Director and made Kentucky my new home.  

    While I was not raised in Bullitt County, it certainly reminds me of my home county of Perry County, Ind.—predominantly a farming community with down to earth people who care about their neighbors and are willing to give a helping hand.

    Now I need to ask our neighbors for support.   

  • House passes critical education bill

     FRANKFORT — With just a few days left of the 2017 session of the Kentucky General Assembly, much work remains, but much has been accomplished, especially as of late. Important legislation has passed on a variety of fronts, including education reform, reforms to our legal system, and promoting industrial hemp in Kentucky.

    At the end of last week, the House passed critical legislation that would expand school choice, and provide more opportunities for low-income children to receive a high quality education.

  • 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. 

  • 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.