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Columns and Editorials

  • State faces aging challenge

    The U.S. population is growing faster than a blade of bluegrass in spring. But a larger population will not necessarily mean a younger population, for either our country or the Bluegrass State. 

  • In the grip of mowing mania, think monarchs

    Beyond the orange barrels and black asphalt in warm weather work zones, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) will also try, by adding milkweed to its interstate pollinator plantings, to pave the way for orange and black monarchs during their massive international migration, according to a news release sent out by the state department last week.

  • Bills passed designed to move state forward

    It’s been good to be back among the people of the 47th House District in Carroll, Gallatin, Henry and Trimble counties since the adjournment of the 2017 session of the Kentucky General Assembly on March 30.  I’ve enjoyed talking to so many of you about the many issues we faced and the final decisions that were made, some with my support and some without. 

  • As one session ends, planning for next begins

    Long nights, intense debate and media attention from across the globe wrapped up what started as a quiet final week of the 2017 Session of the Kentucky General Assembly. Minutes before the Senate gaveled out for good, Gov. Matt Bevin called this session the most productive in history.  It was truly an honor to work alongside the governor with the new House majority to pass many great initiatives for our commonwealth.

  • Resurrection in us: An unfathomable story

    After 59 years of being a Jesus-follower, 49 of those as a minister, I confess that the Jesus story remains an unfathomable story.

    From what can be known, it seems that he had been a good son, a loving brother and a true friend.  Yet, at a time when others his age were caring for their families, he chose another way.  Long before he could have known, there was a call upon his life, and there came a day when he knew it was time to heed the call.  

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.