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Columns and Editorials

  • Be a community that welcomes the prodigal son

    The Surgeon General’s recently released report Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health (https://addiction.surgeongeneral.gov/surgeon-generals-report.pdf) has me thinking about the story Jesus told of a parent losing and receiving back a child (Luke 15:11-32).  

  • State enjoys academic success

    It may not have generated much publicity, but Kentucky’s economy hit a high-water mark in October, when our civilian labor force saw its biggest one-month gain in at least 40 years.  It grew by almost 15,000 during those 31 days, putting us just shy of two million people who are either working or actively looking for a job.

  • Welcoming a new member of the family

    This year in time for the holidays, Beth and I decided to give ourselves a present. We adopted. 

    Perhaps it’s not the greatest outcome of all time for our new little one — he’s consigned to a small box for several hours most days; he eats like a pig, has already doubled in size and chews like a fiend; and strangers may well point and laugh at his antics.

  • Talking turkey in Kentucky

    This week, our families and friends will sit down at the dinner table to celebrate Thanksgiving, the oldest of the American-based holidays.

    Nearly 400 years have passed since the most famous of these harvest feasts was held by the Pilgrims and Native Americans.  It didn’t become the holiday we recognize today, though, until President Washington and then President Lincoln helped solidify its place on the calendar, which Congress finalized in the 1940s by declaring it to always be on the fourth Thursday of November.

  • Opinions are like noses, we all have one

    Speaking in absolutes will never benefit anyone.

    Classifying an entire segment of the population based on the thoughts, beliefs, words or actions of a few in that group devalues inherent individual belief systems. We are all individuals to be held accountable for our own actions, but in the end, we are far more alike than we are different.

  • A great day for Kentucky and America

    By Governor Matt Bevin

    History was made last Tuesday in both the Commonwealth and the nation. A political outsider won the presidency and did so while ignoring conventional political wisdom regarding campaign tactics. More importantly for the Commonwealth, a seismic political shockwave was felt across our state. 

  • Recapping 14 years of roadside cleanups

    By John Logan Brent, Henry County Judge-Executive

    On Saturday, Nov. 5, more than 40 non-profit and school groups came together in a coordinated effort to pick up our county’s roadways. 

    The result was 210 miles of roadway cleaned and 1,215 bags of trash picked-up. 

  • Thanking Kentucky's veterans

    For nearly a century, our nation has paused on Nov. 11th to pay tribute to our veterans.  From the era of George Washington to now, this select group of men and women has unfailingly protected us here at home while sacrificing so much to promote and preserve freedom abroad.

  • A dangerous duck

    By Thomas Massie, U.S. Representative

  • Kentucky's Forests

    Over the last 50 years, usually around the time fall colors are in full bloom, state and federal officials dedicate a week to highlight all of the products our forests provide.

    Kentucky, of course, has been blessed more than most states.  Trees cover nearly half of our 25 million acres, and we are among the nation’s leaders – and first in the South – when it comes to hardwood production.