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Today's Opinions

  • St. Edward thanks Grable for "11 years of dedicated and faithful service" to school

    To the editor:

     Since 1864, St. Edward’s has served the Harrison County community.  In particular, we have and continue to provide an alternative educational resource for children.  St. Edward School provides formation for the whole person:  intellectual, moral, physical, spiritual and social. 

    We would like to share some news concerning St. Edward School.  Last week Mrs. Mary Grable announced that she will be leaving her position as principal on July 1, 2009.   As a result a principal search has begun.

  • Seniors and pre-retirees will be hurt by insurance premium hikes

    To the editor,

    I know most insurance companies are reliable and that sometimes a reasonable increase in insurance premiums is justified. I don’t like when it happens, but I understand that it can happen. Even the most reasonable person would agree, however, that three increases over a six year period, cumulatively totaling over a 100 percent hike in premiums, would be unjustified, harmful and unconscionable. That is what is being done to thousands of seniors and pre-retirees in Kentucky who bought long term care insurance years ago.

  • Heart health should be priority all year through

    To the editor,

    The short month of February in the words of President Bill Clinton “is held in the depth of winter. But, by the words we speak and the faces we show, we force the spring.” A spring of rebirth, renewal and revitalization. In this short month we watch the groundhog predict the weather, observe the history of our African American brothers and sisters, honor great men like George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt and Thomas Jefferson, and celebrate the feast day of Saint Valentine.

  • Blue Grass Energy President and CEO thanks members for patience

    To the editor:

    In the early morning hours of Tuesday, Jan. 27, freezing rain began to coat Kentucky and continued for nearly 24 hours. Trees, power lines and poles were layered with an inch or more of ice, contributing to power outages for Blue Grass Energy members that were twice the number experienced during the ice storm of 2003. At the height of outages, approximately 30,000 of Blue Grass Energy’s more than 54,000 members were without power.

  • "He really can and occasionally does make pigs fly"

                A few years ago I wrote about seeing a pig fly.

                What I meant by that is seeing the surprising answer to a prayer, something I thought I’d only see “when pigs fly.” In other words, never.

                But God seems to delight in never and impossible. A woman who called the newsroom last week reminded me of that.

  • Committee work continues in Frankfort last week

    The General Assembly may not have been in session last week because of a planned recess, but that didn’t mean legislators were away from the Capitol.

    Many of the House and Senate committees took the opportunity to continue holding their regular weekly meetings, including the one I oversee as chairman: the House Agriculture and Small Business Committee.

  • Cigarette and alcohol tax passed to cushion state budget cuts

     

    Not long after legislators approved the state’s two-year budget last April, we began to realize that as much as we had scaled back, it still would not be enough because of the steep downturn in the nation’s economy.

                Our state economists told us last fall that, despite several hundred million dollars already being cut, we would need to come up with $456 million more to balance the budget by the end of the fiscal year on June 30, 2009.

  • Food is available to those in need

    To the editor:

    Last week you printed a letter concerning a lady not getting help when she needed it. This upset me, so I jumped in trying to locate this lady, which I did with the help of another person. I have talked with her, and we got everything straightened out. She was in the dark about where and whom she could turn to and the person who refused her help must have been in the dark also.

    The Food Pantry has no financial guidelines for getting food and the only time one is refused food is when it is being abused and never if children are involved.