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Today's Opinions

  • State faces $900 million deficit

    Members of the Kentucky General Assembly convened the 2010 legislative session last week with a variety of issues that need attention, including the always-challenging task of compiling a two-year budget plan for the Commonwealth.

  • Donated scooter stolen

    To the editor:

    On Dec. 24, 2009, Dailey’s Body Shop/Towing Service gave away a brand new scooter in hopes of making someone’s Christmas a little brighter. The winner of the scooter, Jennifer Edwards, who has two school-age children, was ecstatic when she found out her name had been drawn.

  • State applies for federal stimulus money

    During most legislative sessions, several weeks usually pass before the first bill makes it through the House and Senate and is signed into law.

    On Thursday, however, the General Assembly wrapped up a quick week of work on legislation that promises to be one of the session’s biggest accomplishments. We needed to act fast to improve our chances of qualifying for a portion of the more than $4 billion in federal stimulus dollars being awarded on a competitive basis to the states. The state’s application is due early this week.

  • Food Pantry benefits from community’s support

    To the editor:

    Once again this community has come to the call of being good Samaritans. When I think they can not do more than they have in the past, they surprise me. This year, you have just blown me out of the water. I do not believe I can praise you enough.

  • Legislatures race to secure Race to the Top funds

    A legislative session is a marathon, not a sprint. Very few bills make it through the lengthy process of becoming law in five days — the minimum necessary under our Constitution — especially so early in the year. But the chance to capture millions of dollars in federal funding for our schools was an opportunity we had to jump on immediately. House Bill 176 became the first piece of legislation to reach Governor Beshear’s desk this year as both chambers worked quickly to allow state education officials time to complete their application for the funding.

  • Grand Haven nursing home residents receive great care

    To the editor:

    During the year of 2009, I painted inside Grand Haven nursing home. I had to work all shifts because of the residents. All the workers - from the top staff of Roy, Judy and Sissie to the rest of the workers - gave the residents great care. Never once did I hear a harsh word. They were always answered with “Honey, may I help you.” So if you have a loved one or friend there, they are getting good care. Now all they need is a visit from you.

    Ervin “Slick” Garrison

    Cynthiana

     

  • Lawmakers vote on Amanda’s Bill

    The General Assembly returned to the Capitol early last week to kick off the 2010 regular session, with a top priority of putting together what promises to be a tough two-year budget.

    The day after the session began, Governor Steve Beshear came before the legislature to offer the annual “State of the Commonwealth” speech, and he took the opportunity not only to note the challenges we face but some of the successes we have had as well.

  • ‘As long as we have breath, our stories can change, too’

    I’m currently reading “A Million Miles in a Thousand Years” by Don Miller.

    He wrote “Blue Like Jazz,” which continues to be the best Christian book I’ve ever read, although not for its literary merit. The book is random and messy, but Miller’s thoughts are raw and profound.

    His new book begins with a movie producer wanting to turn “Blue Like Jazz” into a movie, but he tells Miller that the book as is wouldn’t make a compelling or interesting movie because his real life is boring.