October 16, 2003
Dear Editor: Every four years Kentucky conducts an election to determine who will be its next governor. It never fails that every four years misguided opponents accuse the Republican candidate of planning to destroy the merit system for state employees. Please consider the following facts about this election: Fact No. 1 - The Kentucky merit system for state employees is statutory. It was adopted by the Kentucky legislature and can only be abolished by the Kentucky legislature.
October 13, 2008
Dear Editor, We need David Sparrow in Frankfort as Boyle County's representative in the Kentucky legislature. His years of service in the county make him uniquely aware of the needs throughout the county. As a former 4-H and agricultural agent, he knows about our rural areas and issues faced by our farmers. Having served on the Chamber of Commerce and the Community Development Council, he understands what issues cities face. David has pledged to give priority to such issues as early-childhood education, affordable health-care, attracting jobs, affordable housing and equal pay for equal work.
March 3, 2005
Dear Editor: It seemed like a pretty straight forward question: Is our representative to the Kentucky legislature for or against allowing future sales of beer by the case in our district, which has not obtained voter approval for such activity. I am aware that the current situation is lawful, but that is the result of legislative ineptitude, not the will of the voting public. However after reading two different accounts and a direct response from state Rep. Mike Harmon in this space, all I am currently sure of is that his friends are enjoying a monopolistic situation, and he is unsure if it is in his best interest to be for or against the current situation.
March 31, 2005
Dear Editor: I liked your recent opinion about votes of the Kentucky legislature being posted online. However, I think it would be even better if we knew beforehand what is coming up for a vote. After all, these people are called representatives for a reason and that is to represent our wishes, not theirs. But you're right about their supposed reluctance to do this, and they would probably have several "reasons" why that cannot be done. But the key to this is people have to get involved and keep our representatives' "feet to the fire," or they will not do it. I've let my representatives know that, and while certainly not to be taken as threatening, they can ignore me at their peril.
July 6, 2006
The National Federation of Independent Business/Kentucky, the state's largest small-business advocacy group, today presented its Guardian of Small Business award, to State Representative Bob Damron in recognition of his outstanding efforts to support small-business issues in the Kentucky Legislature. "Representative Damron has gone to bat for Kentucky's small businesses time after time," said Tom Underwood, state director of NFIB/Kentucky. "Particularly as we've worked to pass critical small-business legislation including relief from the Alternative Minimum Tax and the ICARE health care program, we have always been able to count on him for his unwavering support.
July 18, 2007
Confusion which caused two candidates for the position of constable to vacate their positions, was cleared up by the Jessamine County Fiscal Court in a special court meeting on July 10. Because the two men, James Lewis and Bobby Wombles, were not sworn in and bonded in the amount of time specified by state law after their elections, they were forced to vacate their positions. But, Fiscal Court learned that the Kentucky Legislature had approved an amendment to the law extending to 30-days -the time allowed for a person appointed to office to take the oath of office.
April 30, 2008
The Kentucky Agricultural Development Board, chaired by Gov. Steve Beshear, approved $78,750 at its monthly meeting in support of the Forage Improvement and Utilization Program in Jessamine County. The Jessamine County Conservation District submitted a proposal for cost-share assistance to the Jessamine County Agricultural Development Council and the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board. The purpose of the Forage Improvement and Utilization Program is to improve net farm income through improved forage quality, quantity, and efficient use, as well as encourage science-based forage management decisions in Jessamine County.
January 24, 2008
The Kentucky Agricultural Development Board, chaired by Gov. Steve Beshear, approved $50,000 at its monthly meeting in support of the Forage Improvement and Utilization Program in Lincoln County. The Lincoln County Farm Bureau submitted a proposal for cost-share assistance to the Lincoln County Agricultural Development Council and the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board. The purpose of the Forage Improvement and Utilization Program is to improve net farm income through improved forage quality, quantity, and efficient use, as well as, encourage science-based forage management decisions in Lincoln County.
March 29, 2007
The Kentucky Agricultural Development Board, chaired by Gov. Ernie Fletcher, approved $28,000 at its monthly meeting in support of the Goat and Sheep Diversification cost-share program in Lincoln County. The Lincoln County Goat and Sheep Producer's Association submitted a proposal for cost-share assistance to the Lincoln County Agricultural Development Council and the Kentucky Agricultural Development Board. The Goat and Sheep Diversification Program provides cost-share assistance with individual producers in Lincoln County to improve net farm income by promoting animal health and encourage science-based solutions to herd management.
February 13, 2009
Storm coverage lacking Dear Editor: My sister lives in Winchester and called me this afternoon to say that a tornado was arriving there fast. She was very uneasy. We talked about an hour until the phone went dead. Not hearing from her for several hours, I logged onto your site to check for information about the damage and haven't found mention of the tornado. I would gladly take out a subscription to your newspaper just to access the current online information.