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But it's more than a bit ironic that in a $23-$24 billion budget, the way legislators have chosen to "save" money is to make it more difficult for taxpayers to see how they are spending all that money in the first place.

 

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The General Assembly is currently in session, and that means every resident of the Commonwealth needs to be paying attention to what is going on in Frankfort. House Bill 195 proposes a public notice solution that is inefficient at best, and a train wreck for transparency.

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Commonwealth’s Attorney Rick Boling has lost the trust of the community and his legal reputation is stained. It is the consensus opinion of this newspaper’s editorial board that he should resign and vacate his elected office immediately.

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"Hendricks for South Western Kentucky" doesn't have quite the same ring to it as "Hendricks for Hoptown," but it is evident that naming Hopkinsville's mayor the new executive director of the regional economic development council could benefit all three counties the organization serves.

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No one could have foreseen the abrupt shuttering of the city's prized bowling ball manufacturer Ebonite International last week. However, we are fortunate to see the Christian County community rally with grace and gumption around those affected.

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Historically, newspaper editorial boards across the country have offered recommendations to their readership as to who they believe is best fit to represent and serve their communities. The Kentucky New Era has participated in this practice for some time.

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Young talent matters and more communities are doing what it takes to attract and retain young professionals to work, live and play.

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Last weekend, over 29,000 people swarmed downtown Hopkinsville for the fourth annual Summer Salute Festival. The food and music were great, but the festival made one thing very clear.

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Church. It's a place for the brokenhearted and the redeemed; a place for the newest babes and the oldest saints; it's a place where people go to feel safe, a place they trust won't abuse its power or take advantage of them when they're weak. The story of churches doing the latter isn't new, …

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Every time Christian County Public Schools releases its annual discipline report, eyebrows raise and conclusions are drawn. From the students to the administrators to the parents, everyone looks for someone to blame for the number of suspensions, but let's look a little closer to determine w…

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This week, the Kentucky New Era began publishing salary data in regard to public officials in Christian County, Hopkinsville, Oak Grove and in the public school system.

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Last week, the New Era reported that former Hopkinsville High School band director Jordan Seth Peveler had been arrested on three felony charges -- one count of unlawful transaction with a minor (second degree), sodomy (third degree) and rape (third degree) -- and booked into Christian County Jail.

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Is it possible to not realize your own happiness? Or, when looking back, do you see it only because of nostalgia, wrapped up in the lie of “the good old days”?

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One of my favorite Facebook reposts is about how young people are just so fickle. "Back in my day," it may begin. "If something was broke, we'd fix it."

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One of my favorite Facebook re-posts is about how young people are just so fickle. “Back in my day,” it may begin. “If something was broke, we’d fix it.”

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It’s a cold Friday morning in November. I’m bundled up, belly full of turkey, waiting in the front of a line outside of a department store.

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In honor of Hopkinsville’s finest, our community showed strong support for a hometown hero this week. The event served a reminder that those who put their lives on the line for the well-being of others deserve our appreciation each and every day.

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I’m sitting at my desk squeezing a stress ball that looks like a baseball. It’s early and no one has made it into the office yet.

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Through our lives, we make our own choices, but our experiences shape how we react to the world. They shape us into who we will eventually become.

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With all of the crazy in the news today, some of it the news’ own doing and self-inflicted wounds, I wanted to use this opportunity to thank you for reading your community newspaper. Your support has never been more important.

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I have to write. It's how I express myself and what I’m feeling. Words and characters, strung together in deliberate order, are the means by which I decompress and bring myself to fully understand the world around me.

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Don’t read this alone in the dark. That thing under your bed might get anxious. The monsters that come to life when the lights go out would know. The dead-eyed woman on the ceiling above you might get angry.

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If disappointment were a currency, the people who have believed in me along the way would be driving European sports cars on the way to their waterfront villas.

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The road to becoming president of Hopkinsville Community College has been long for Dr. Alissa Young, but it was a journey of inspiration, compassion and growth.

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Every April, after spring has actually sprung, a cheerful little flower pops up all over town and reminds me of a cherished heritage that never fails to put a lump in my throat.

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If you’ve tried to get a COVID-19 vaccine appointment, you know how frustrating the process can be. People are spending hours obsessively refreshing websites, hoping an appointment will open up somewhere. They scan Facebook groups for tips and insider information. One writer compared it to S…

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Last week was a busy week in the House of Representatives with a number of bills being presented in committee and having a vote on the House floor. In this week’s update I will focus on two bills on which I voted no, and one bill presented in committee.

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With the distribution of vaccines underway, there is hope the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic may soon be over. However, there is a looming problem on which Kentucky’s small businesses, healthcare providers, and educators will face if action is not taken. A wave of unfair litigation. Frankfor…

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Over the past ten years, historical horse racing, or HHR, has been the catalyst for Kentucky racetracks to invest millions of dollars and create thousands of jobs in communities across the commonwealth. Today, historical horse racing venues located in Franklin, Oak Grove, Lexington, Henderso…

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The Kentucky Constitution authorizes the General Assembly to convene in odd numbered years for 30 days and requires the session to end no later than March 30. The standard calendar for odd numbered years is for the legislature to meet for four days during the first week in January and then r…

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“Ican’t breathe,” is how parents feel when they experience family court injustice. I have seen and heard so many parents’ stories about the unfairness they have experienced fighting for shared parenting. Yet, they still end up with an undeserved outcome.

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Supporting public education or school choice is not an either/or situation — both public and nonpublic schools can thrive if we give parents the opportunity to make choices about the resources their child needs.

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If you can’t be a king, goes an old nugget of political wisdom, be a kingmaker. Former President Donald Trump is taking that advice to heart, shifting his post-presidency to endorsements of some and condemnations of others.

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“[T]o restore the soul and to secure the future of America,” President Joe Biden said in his inaugural speech, “requires more than words. It requires that most elusive of things in a democracy: Unity. ... This is our historic moment of crisis and challenge, and unity is the path forward.”

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On Jan. 7, the day after rioters entered the U.S. Capitol and put hundreds of politicians to flight in support of Donald Trump’s wild-eyed election fraud claims, Wisconsins’s State Assembly passed a resolution. The money line: “[P]olitical violence in any form has no place in the American sy…

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Three more federal inmates are slated to be executed before the end of President Donald Trump’s term, though the first received a stay hours before she was slated to die on Jan. 12. Ten have already been put to death since the Trump administration announced in July 2019 that it would resume …

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With the news that President Trump tried to cajole his way into winning the election by shamelessly begging Georgia’s Secretary of State Raffensperger to “find 11,780 votes,” I recollected President Nixon’s trying to spy on the Democrats in the Watergate scandal during his campaign for re-el…