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Columns and Editorials

  • Lessons learned from Grandpa Knapp

    My Grandpa (Gaylon O. Knapp) was a farmer. 

    Some of my happiest memories from childhood include times spent with him in his fields. Long before I was old enough to be of real help, Grandpa found things for me to do. 

  • House considers bills to provide consumer protection

    When it comes to the public’s safety and well-being, consumer protection may not always grab the headlines, but that doesn’t diminish its importance.

    It was the key theme last week in the Kentucky House, which moved forward not one but four bills touching on this issue.

  • Extra! Extra! Henry County Local among best in Ky.

    You hold in your hands one of the best newspapers in Kentucky. 

    Although that is my personal opinion, you don’t have to take that at face value. We have proof.

    Last week at an awards presentation of the Kentucky Press Association, The “Henry County Local,” your community newspaper, earned a third place award for overall General Excellence among like-sized weekly newspapers across the state.

  • House focuses on infrastructure, economic development

    The General Assembly debates dozens of bills each legislative session, but most fall under several broad categories: education, health and public safety, infrastructure and economic development.

    Those last two were the chief focus of the Kentucky House’s work last week, as my colleagues and I approved legislation that would make it easier for government and the private sector to work together and that would take an in-depth look at the state’s workforce development programs.

  • Movie star visits Frankfort, several bills pass Senate

    With many guests, packed committee meetings and energetic rallies, it was another exciting week in Frankfort. Hollywood stars, national organizations and winter weather greeted the Kentucky General Assembly during week six of the 2016 Session.

    The national organization Save The Children, which promotes early childhood learning, had its Action Network President Mark Shriver and actress Jennifer Garner testify in Frankfort on behalf of the organization and their work throughout Kentucky. 

  • Senate bill adds pro-life measure, Georgia Powers honored

    The fifth week of the 2016 Legislative Session in Frankfort was historic in a number of ways. Governor Matt Bevin signed his first piece of legislation, Senate Bill (SB) 4. We also said goodbye to former Ky. Senator and civil rights activist, Georgia Davis Powers.

  • Budget top priority, but other bills under consideration

    Just as it is often said that games are won or lost during practice, a similar principle applies as well to legislation.  Before a bill can clear the House or Senate, it has to make it through a committee first.

    That groundwork is especially crucial when it comes to the budget, which Gov. Bevin proposed late last month and the House Appropriations and Revenue Committee began reviewing in-depth last week.  The chamber is on track to complete this work and vote by the early days of March.

  • Approving budget is top priority for legislators

    The biggest responsibility the governor and the General Assembly have during legislative sessions in even-numbered years is enacting a budget to run state government.  It sets our priorities in a way no other law can.

    The budget process actually began months ago, when agencies compiled their projected needs while the state’s economists, known as the Consensus Forecasting Group, determined exactly how much the state could appropriate.

  • More gun laws can make a difference
  • Open records proposal deserves support

    Open records laws exist for a reason.

    They not only allow citizens access to information about what their local, state and federal governments are doing with taxpayer money, they provide transparency so citizens can see if elected officials are performing appropriately.

    These are two of the most important aspects of open records laws.