Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

Breaking News


March 13, 2013

It’s time for Fiscal Court to face the people

March 13, 2013 — State Rep. Jill York filed a bill in the 2013 legislative session to try to convince Carter Fiscal Court that it should be more open in its public meetings.

In our view, Rep. York was right to send such a message to Judge-Executive Charles Wallace and Magistrates Clifford Roe, Clarence Fankell, Mary Ellen Greenhill, Brad Brammell and Brandon Burton.

York’s bill had to do with past disputes about meetings not being moved to a larger venue than that old district courtroom used most of the time by Fiscal Court.

You will recall that last year one of the benches in that room collapsed under the weight of so many citizens trying to get into the meeting.

If you live in either of Carter County’s two cities – Grayson or Olive Hill – you can look the mayor and each City Council member in the eyes because they sit facing their audiences.

But that’s not the case in Fiscal Court where some of the magistrates sit with their backs to the folks who elected them.

Is that open and responsive county government? We don’t think so.

With public interest so high in the county’s business, we suggest that all meetings be held in the old circuit courtroom at the courthouse.

Regardless of where meetings are held, each member of the Fiscal Court, including the judge-executive, should have a microphone tied into a PA system so that all of their comments can be heard by those attending, including the news media.

The county should invest in a portable PA system with multiple microphones which could be used in either meeting room.

Capturing their comments also would result in official meeting videos that have better sound quality. Improved lighting also would be helpful.

We also suggest that the table and chairs for the magistrates be placed on a raised platform so they can be seen at all times by everyone who attends the meetings.

Text Only
  • Juvenile justice bill finally wins passage

    We complained in this space last month that the General Assembly, specifically the Senate, was headed down the wrong path in its handling of Senate Bill 200, a carefully-crafted, broadly supported effort to modernize Kentucky’s juvenile justice laws.

    April 16, 2014

  • Numbers say stop fussin’ and start fixin’!

    We’ve said it before and we’re saying it again. It is long past time for Republicans like U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell to stop complaining about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and start working with the other party to fix the pieces of the massive law that need fixing.

    April 9, 2014

  • Benching Rupp Arena project a mistake

    Folks who believe that college basketball is more important than anything else in Kentucky apparently don’t serve in the State Senate.

    April 2, 2014

  • Snow days decision can wait no longer

    We had hoped this editorial would not have been necessary by the time you read it in today’s issue of the Journal-Times.

    March 26, 2014

  • Are some legislators smarter than experts?

    Ready - shoot - aim. No good deed goes unpunished. There’s the right way, the wrong way and the Frankfort way. We could go on with pithy sayings about the strange happenings at the State Capitol when the Kentucky General Assembly is in session.

    March 19, 2014

  • Shouldn’t majority rule mean smoke-free?

    Recent statewide polls show as many as 65 percent of Kentucky voters say they are in favor of outlawing smoking in workplaces and public facilities, including restaurants and bars.

    March 12, 2014

  • Legalized marijuana, hemp must be explored

    Whether you call it marijuana or cannabis or whether you believe someone can get high on industrial hemp, Kentucky is making history with both plants.

    March 5, 2014

  • We must protect against dating violence

    We were encouraged when the leadership of the Kentucky House of Representatives came forward last month with House Bill 8 to amend the domestic violence protection laws to shield unmarried individuals in dating relationships.

    February 26, 2014

  • Did Bluegrass Poll predict our future?

    Life may have become much simpler for Kentucky voters recently when the Bluegrass Poll released its most recent survey.

    February 19, 2014

  • Senate race poll attracts national spotlight

    “Mitch has met his match” shouted the headline on the Huffington Post, a trendy, online news aggregator and blog founded by socialite Arianna Huffington.

    February 12, 2014