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Today's Opinions

  • Guns aren’t the problem, people are

    I have heard and read all the hype about guns and the need for legislation. I have seen the Facebook posts that declare that “Guns don’t kill, people do.”
    What’s the answer to gun violence?
    I grew up around guns. My dad and grandfather made certain that my brother and I had a healthy respect for all weapons.
    We learned how to shoot with accuracy. How to secure a weapon, break it down and clean it.
    Now, 40 years later and not having spent much time since around weapons, some of those lessons might be a little stale.

  • Legislative update: SB1 is data-driven plan to fund pensions

    After weeks of anticipation and months of discussions and meetings with stakeholders, the Kentucky Senate Majority Caucus filed its comprehensive pension reform bill as Senate Bill (SB) 1 on Tuesday, Feb. 20.
    While SB 1 marked the filing of one of the most significant pieces of legislation of the 2018 Session, we continued to hold committee meetings and voted bills out of the Senate chamber, making for another busy week in Frankfort.

  • Statepoint Crossword Puzzle/Solution

    ACROSS
    1. Salmon deposit
    6. Old age, archaic
    9. Bagpiper’s garb
    13. Hawaiian veranda
    14. Big Island flower necklace
    15. Helper
    16. V.C. Andrews’ “Flowers in the ____”
    17. Uno ___ or one more
    18. 4 x 4 race
    19. *”Water of life”
    21. *Shamrock
    23. ____ Aviv
    24. Rumpelstiltskin’s weaver
    25. Wildebeest
    28. Mega Bloks competitor
    30. *Outdoor St. Patrick’s Day event
    35. Starting point on way to riches

  • Statepoint Crossword Puzzle/Solution

    ACROSS
    1. Salmon deposit
    6. Old age, archaic
    9. Bagpiper’s garb
    13. Hawaiian veranda
    14. Big Island flower necklace
    15. Helper
    16. V.C. Andrews’ “Flowers in the ____”
    17. Uno ___ or one more
    18. 4 x 4 race
    19. *”Water of life”
    21. *Shamrock
    23. ____ Aviv
    24. Rumpelstiltskin’s weaver
    25. Wildebeest
    28. Mega Bloks competitor
    30. *Outdoor St. Patrick’s Day event
    35. Starting point on way to riches

  • Mailbag

    To the editor:
    In the 1960’s we had a “War on Poverty.” We lost.
    In the 1980’s we declared a “War on Drugs.” Years later we have semi-trucks of killer drugs coming from Mexico.
    After so many school shootings, no one can keep count.
    Many people think outlawing all guns or certain types of guns will solve the problem. Please refer to paragraph 1 and 2. Are you getting the picture?
    At this time there are approximately five million AR type rifles on the street.

  • Mailbag

    To the editor:
    The NRA is a terrorist organization. That is a fact. Our members of congress, our state legislators, our governors, especially those on the Republican side of the aisle, are terrified of the NRA.
    They are terrified of not receiving millions of NRA dollars into their re-election war chests.
    Bills introduced into the legislature should not be written by, and for the benefit of special interest groups and then sponsored by their pre-purchased lap dogs in Washington and Frankfort.

  • Mailbag

    To the editor:
    This is a follow up on Linda Dryden’s letter in regards to the Battle Grove Cemetery. Everyone that has a loved one buried, or a future plot, should be concerned.
    I have some questions I need answers to and so do you all. (1) Does the hospital have to have two entrances from a state road to qualify for a Trauma Center status? If they do then the 90 day road they are planning is false going thru the cemetery. The cemetery road is not a public access road. The gates are closed so we can’t use them.

  • This week in the State Capitol

    This week in Frankfort marked the halfway point of the 2018 Legislative Session. Kentucky is a robust state, with many incredibly good traits and some serious issues still to tackle.
    Every two years in Frankfort, the legislature is charged with crafting a budget to fund important government programs like education, health care and transportation, just to name a few. Every two years, Kentuckians descend on Frankfort to make the case for funding certain programs, and this year is certainly no different.