State is better off financially than many expected

When it comes to determining the state’s priorities, no bill speaks louder than the budget. Just as families decide what is important by the way they spend their money, government leaders do the same when it comes to our tax dollars. With that in mind, the budget proposal that Governor Andy Beshear presented the General Assembly late last week gives […]

2020 was one great year … … for local holiday decorations

While 2020 was one of the more challenging years most of us have experienced, the year at least ended on a more colorful note than it began, thanks to a larger-than-usual number of home and business owners, city government officials, and local artists who worked to light Letcher County up for the holidays in a manner seldom seen before. According […]

Legislators begin 30-day ‘odd year’ meet in Frankfort


While legislative sessions in odd-numbered years are relatively new in Kentucky — the first of the modern era was held just 20 years ago — the General Assembly has convened at the Capitol every January since our current constitution was adopted in 1891. Until 2001, these odd-year meetings only lasted for four days and did not involve passing new laws. […]

Why isn’t Gohmert the face of today’s Republican Party?

I’m no big fan of AOC. Some of her ideas aren’t bad, but Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez burdens the progressive cause by waving the socialist label like it’s some kind of fashion brand. That has enabled Republicans to make her the face of the Democratic Party in a country where the S-word can scare off even moderates. At least AOC believes […]

The year we gardened

Very soon, a year of a deadly pandemic, social isolation, job loss and political chaos will come to an end. The coronavirus will continue its rampage but seems destined to hit a wall around late spring. Life will return to normal, we are told. But do we want to return to normal as normal was? For many, the slowdown had […]

Reader shares feelings

To the Editor: I awake in the middle of the night with these thoughts. I believe they reflect the feelings of many others. Could you please put them in your paper? Thank you. Who Am I Why do I lie awake at night/Full of doubt and full of fright?/Why do these tears melt my cheeks/Like the overflow of bubbling creeks?/I […]

Political Cartoon

The vaccine new world

What a relief that at least a few of us are getting the coronavirus vaccine. I would have liked my arm to have been among the select few. I’ll wait patiently, however, comforted in knowing that with every passing week, the list of Americans threatened by this nasty, deadly virus will shrink and life will return to normal. But the […]

Political Cartoon

Will Dems drop identity politics?

The days right after an election are an ideal time for political parties to work on fixing bad habits. For Democrats, that would mean kicking the increasingly dated custom of declaring race, ethnicity and gender factors in filling leadership positions. Demands on President-elect Joe Biden to put these considerations front and center show a failure to understand how politically poisonous […]

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