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Columns and Editorials

  • Laws passed in final hours of legislative session

    By Paul Hornback, State Senator

    Historical, life-saving legislation was approved by the Kentucky General Assembly during the final hours of the 2015 Session. Senate Bill 192, a comprehensive approach to stymie the scourge of heroin addiction in Kentucky, reached final passage after countless hours of bipartisan work throughout the session. In fact, this is the third year the Senate has led the charge on an anti-heroin bill. SB 192 was signed into law Wednesday morning by Gov. Beshear and is now in effect due to an emergency clause.

  • Basketball season leaves me odd woman out

    It’s a very awkward time of year for someone who is not a huge college basketball fan.

    Someone like me.

    I am not staying up late watching the games. I am not trolling facebook looking for extra tickets to games. No, I did not watch the game last night. I am not sweating my bracket.

  • Passing laws to encourage economic development

    Each legislative session, the public understandably focuses most of its attention on the biggest issues facing the General Assembly, which this year range from addressing a heroin epidemic to modernizing rules for the telecommunications industry.

  • Local politicians work together for agriculture and small business
  • Kentucky continues to battle epidemic of heroin

    When it comes to illegal drug use, few states have been hit as hard as Kentucky over the last 15 years.   We have lost thousands of loved ones during that time to a rising tide of meth, synthetic drugs, prescription drug abuse and heroin, and tens of thousands more have seen their lives ruined.

    The General Assembly has responded by passing a series of laws, many of them hailed as national models, that have had real, lasting success against these epidemics.

  • Flurry of bills pass Senate and House as session nears end

    The three days that the Kentucky General Assembly was in session this week started on Monday with news that the first new law of 2015 had taken effect and ended on Wednesday night with a flurry of bills passing both chambers before the Senate and House adjourned shortly before midnight.

    Lawmakers are now in a nine-day recess and will return to the Capitol for the final two days of the 2015 session on March 23 and 24.

  • Winter makes me SAD, but spring warms my soul

    I always know when spring is close at hand when I run out of vitamin D.

    For the past few years, I have purchased a 90-day supply of vitamin D in late December or early January to ward off symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).

  • A lesson learned from Miss Daisy and Hoke

    Donna and I recently watched Driving Miss Daisy, a 1989 movie starring Jessica Tandy (Miss Daisy) and Morgan Freeman (Hoke).  I was amazed at how much of the story I had forgotten, or didn’t get, from 25 years ago.  

    What I remembered was a story about a cantankerous old woman and a tenacious old African-American man who managed to become friends in spite of their differences.  There was more to the story.

  • Proposed Innovation Act threatens American inventors

    By Thomas Massie, U.S. Representative

    At the recent Northern Kentucky Regional First LEGO League Robotics tournament, I marveled at the imagination and creativity displayed by so many young people.  

    In these students, I see the spirit of ingenuity and a culture of invention that have been critical to our nation’s economic success for over two centuries. 

  • This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine

    The potential of solar power has not yet seen the light of day in Kentucky, but that could change with a little prodding of the General Assembly, according to the Community Farm Alliance.