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Today's Opinions

  • Sen. Thayer has plans to reform ailing pension system

    An ailing pension system threatening our state’s financial stability is the number one issue facing our great Commonwealth. As your state senator, I have vowed to keep the pension promise to our teachers and public servants, and I am certain that the pension reform plan proposed by Gov. Matt Bevin and the Kentucky General Assembly will do just that.

  • Williamstown Independent progresses into fall

    Fall has arrived and so has the end of the first nine weeks of school. Our staff has been busy ensuring a positive and safe learning environment, while students are busy participating in various academic and athletic activities. The first nine weeks of school have been filled with many experiences for students making it an incredible beginning to the new school year.  
    We started off the year viewing the solar eclipse, which is an event I hope students and staff remember watching together for a lifetime.

  • Slow mail costs money

    Most people get mail every day, Monday through Saturday.  But what happens when the mail comes later than we expect?  
    We found out a few years ago, when the Postmaster General had to take away overnight First-Class and Periodicals mail from most of the nation. That caused a problem for a lot of consumers and businesses.  Now, we may be facing a new slowdown, if something isn’t done by Congress soon.

  • Treasures...Inheritance or headache?
  • Fall color always there
  • Wireworms in the potato patch

    I have loads of potatoes this year, most of them are clean as a whistle.  We get them out early so they are ready to harvest by mid to late August.This early start seems to offset any significant problem with wireworms.  The telltale sign of wireworms: if you do have lots of tiny holes in your potatoes, you likely saw the tough little yellow or rust colored worms when you were digging your crop.

  • Ensuring retirees have a secure retirement

    Bringing about a flurry of facts and a storm of misconceptions, Kentucky’s pension crisis has become one of the most dominating news stories in recent months.
    One thing is for certain: if our state pensions are not addressed in the near future, we will face huge cuts in state funding. Education, Medicaid, and other government services will likely be affected—a risk our state is not in a position to take.
     So how did we get to this point? In the early 2000’s Kentucky’s pensions were in a healthy condition.

  • Local resident concerned about fiscal responsibility

    I am a resident of Grant County for 49 years. I am concerned about fiscal responsibility in our current county fiscal court.
    There has never been a county occupation tax in Grant County until the Republicans were voted in.
    Now in their third year in office, they said they were out of money and needed to pass an occupation tax. They blamed this on Democrats who served before they were elected because they did not pass an occupation tax.