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Today's Opinions

  • Georgia: On her mind

    Those of us in the Class of ‘63 are celebrating a significant birthday this year, the one that ends in 5. We represent the last whimper of the war babies, conceived with rationed gas and sugar stamps or on a desperate furlough when it seemed the war would never end.

    Next year the first line of Baby Boomers descend on Medicare, and the whole world will pause to pontificate. The cover of Time magazine will announce the beginning of a new era, “60 Minutes” will reflect, and the Internet will explode with stories from the sublime to the ridiculous.

  • General Assembly should have gotten a budget deal passed

    I’ve written a lot of columns and editorials in my time but this is the first time I’ve ever quoted Otto von Bismarck, the German politician from the 19th century.

    “Politics is the art of the possible,” Bismarck once said.

    The 2010 Kentucky General Assembly ended its regular session last week without doing the single-most important thing it is supposed to accomplish – get a state budget passed.

    Now, the legislators will be called back into session later this summer to pass a compromise bill.

  • Finding perfection

    What is your definition of perfect?

    This past weekend was perfect as far as the weather goes. Who could not get used to days like that? But what makes something perfect? Sometimes perfection can be arbitrary. What might be perfect to me might not be perfect to you.

    Last Tuesday night in the Alamo Dome in San Antonio a basketball team did something that was perfectly perfect, again.

  • Time for the IRS to drink my milkshake

    There are certain dates that are ingrained in your memories. These certain dates will always remind you of something. Whether it’s a birthday, anniversary or the day of a historically important date, there are just certain dates on the calendar that stand out.

    April 15th is one of those days.

    Tax Day.

    Paying taxes feels like walking up to Count Dracula, offering up your neck and saying, “Try to take it easy this time, pal.”

  • P&Z is the ‘death panels’ of the local elections

    Former U.S. Speaker of the House of Representatives Tip O’Neill was the kind of Democrat that gives Democrats a good name.

    He was strong-willed, a bit gruff and totally committed to the people who sent him to office year after year.

    Although he was in charge of the House during the Reagan administration and often served as counterbalance to his conservative president’s agenda, there is one sentence, one singular idea, that will probably long outlive O’Neill’s legislative record.

  • Filling out Census helps bring money to Owen Co.

    I hope by now most of you have received your 2010 Census form and have taken the opprotunity to complete the form and put it in the mail. April 1 has been officially declared Census Day in the United States. On that day you can come to the courthouse to the Judge-executive office to complete your form (between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.) or the Owen County Library (between 9 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.) for assistance.

  • Georgia: On her mind

    Every year about this time, I come down with a case of March Madness. You see, I absolutely love the University of Kentucky men’s basketball team. If my Wildcats get knocked out of the running early for the championship, the salt goes out of living. If they do well in tournament play, euphoria lifts my flat feet until I fancy I could dance on rooftops.

  • Annual session begins to wind down

    As we enter the closing weeks of the 2010 Regular Session, the Senate passed legislation that will improve job opportunities for career and technical students, regulate methadone treatment centers, and crack down on meth traffickers. We also continued our work on the state budget, and I continued my work on more transparency in campaign finance reporting.

    The Senate passed House Bill 288, another piece of campaign finance reform legislation that I was able to improve through my role as chairman of the Senate State and Local Government Committee.