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Columns and Editorials

  • Henry County winning the numbers game

    Please excuse the following column as I see an opportunity to indulge my numbers nerd side.

    The Kentucky State Data Center recently sent out updated population estimates based on the work of the U.S. Census Bureau, and it points to a continuing resilience in Henry County. 

    Exactly half of Kentucky’s 120 counties shrank population-wise and Casey County remained the same. Henry County can count itself among the 59 counties that gained population between 2015 and 2016.

  • Charter schools bill on way to governor's desk

    This has been a year for early arrivals at the State Capitol.

    Within a week of the 2017 legislative session’s start in January, bills started arriving in the governor’s office to be signed into law, an extraordinarily quick start for a session of the General Assembly.

    We’ve had more early arrivals at the Capitol in recent weeks as hundreds of the tulips in the Capitol gardens have already started blooming, a couple weeks ahead of their usual schedule.

  • Get involved: choose not to be a silent bystander

    The most recent election and ensuing political climate has, at times and arguably, led to negative after-effects for our nation, our citizenry and even our personal relationships. However, I would like to point out one positive result of the eventful political season – community involvement.

  • Kentucky moving closer to federal ID cards

    The 2017 session is coming down to the wire, with major legislation still left to consider on two “concurrence” days next week. After March 15, we recess until March 29 and 30, when we reconvene for our final two days to review any gubernatorial vetoes.

  • Flurry of bills move on for passage

    A flurry of activity stemming from committee meetings and the passage of bills marked a short but intense week six of the Kentucky General Assembly. Although the Senate was only in session from Monday to Wednesday of this week, committee meetings still met during the later part of the week to give final hearings to a few select bills.

  • Several bills leave Senate for House consideration

    Late nights, packed committee meetings, and heated debate marked the fifth week of the 2017 Session. The Senate is quickly passing the remaining Senate bills out and receiving bills from the House for consideration. While there were some contested issues, the Senate conducted itself in a bipartisan fashion. We wasted no time this week and passed over 40 pieces of legislation including:

    •Senate Bill 9, redistricting of judicial districts in order to better align caseloads with current census data;

  • Disappointed in bills passed

    Through a series of extreme parliamentary maneuvers that kept teachers and other interested Kentuckians from effectively voicing their concerns, the House Majority forced a vote on the “charter schools” bill Friday in an early morning committee meeting, before rushing the measure to the House floor where it passed on a 56-39 vote. 

  • Finding Gospel in the Charlie Daniels Band

    The best way to learn is to teach or mentor another person. 

    Through the years of my ministry, I’ve mentored a number of seminary students who were serving churches in our county. One of those was Bert Montgomery who served the Campbellsburg Baptist Church while attending Baptist Seminary of Kentucky. (By the way, Baptist Seminary of Kentucky is located on the campus of Georgetown College.)

  • Church histories, futures source of inspiration

    Always one to share ideas freely, more than a year ago Ron Wright, Eminence native and Washington Lodge Odd Fellows member, suggested I could always write articles on local churches for Black History Month.

    As a good idea, that one stayed with me all the way through the rest of 2016 and into 2017, and it turned out successfully — in my opinion, anyway — when it comes to telling stories from different perspectives.

  • Busy week at the Capitol

    Headlines in recent days have made it clear that Kentucky’s problems with heroin, other illegal opioids and prescription drug abuse, continue to take lives and devastate communities at a shocking rate.