Today's Opinions

  • Tax reform overdue in Kentucky


    We passed the one-third mark of the 2014 Regular Session this past week, and one of the highlights was the unveiling of the Governor’s proposal for comprehensive tax reform in Kentucky.

    The Commonwealth has not tackled tax reform since 2005, when Governor Ernie Fletcher proposed updating some of Kentucky’s tax code, which was referred to as tax modernization.  While that legislation had some impact, full tax modernization has not been passed by the General Assembly for decades.

  • What happens in Vegas...


    It is official and I have the T-shirt to prove it.

    The verdict – I’m not normal.

    This story gets started a couple of weeks ago when my daughter, Katie, and I went to Las Vegas with some friends.

    I had been once before, but she had never been and she was excited to have the whole Vegas experience.

  • Snow days can't please all


    There is nothing worse than, no matter what you do, you simply can’t win.

    That’s the position local schools are put in every winter, but particularly this year with the frigid temperatures, dumps of snow and slick road conditions Grant County has had to deal with.

    Just by checking the posts on Facebook, it is not difficult to tell snow days or the lack thereof get emotions running high.

    There are two sets of crowds when inclement weather starts to hit.

  • Pension reform


    After observing Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, the General Assembly went back to work.

    Jan. 21 was a significant day as Senate President Pro Tem Katie Stine, the highest ranking female legislator, became the first woman legislator to preside over the joint session of the Kentucky General Assembly when Governor Beshear presented his proposed budget.

  • We 'like' all political candidates equally


    With the holidays fading into memory, it’s almost time for those grinning politicians to peek around poles and pop up on grassy, although somewhat brown, patches of yards.

    That means the election is just a couple of months away and there is certainly quite a bit of interest in several races as some have 10 candidates seeking election.

    Go ahead and call me a geek but I’m one of those people who believe it’s my privilege, honor and even duty to go to the polls on Election Day.

  • Dry Ridge lost a true friend in David Brockman


     On Jan. 1, 2014, the city of Dry Ridge, not only lost a owner/establisher of Dry Ridge Auto Parts but a true friend as well. This person was Dave Brockman.

  • Charlie Dills will be missed


    Several years ago in an effort to raise more money at the Grant County Relay For Life, someone threw out the idea of a silent auction where Relay teams could put together baskets or donate items to be sold.

    That event proved popular and successful and the next year, the Relay committee decided to add a live auction of the top 12 or so items to add another interesting event.

    We didn’t look any further than asking Charlie Dills, a local auctioneer and cancer survivor if he’d be our guest auctioneer and he graciously agreed.

  • Kiwanis Auction funds community projects


    A baby born during our very first Williamstown Kiwanis Charity auction would be 17 years old this month.  Think about the changes that child would have seen in the world during those 17 years.

       The auction idea was born at about the time I developed a lung ailment, therefore its reality was delayed until I recovered. Then I sprang my idea upon the Kiwanis membership nearly 18 years ago.