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Columns and Editorials

  • 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;

  • 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.

  • Musical memories compose happiest times

    I’m sure my former teachers would find it disappointing that I can’t readily recall fifth grade geography (we had to label all the counties in Kentucky), eighth grade Earth science (is that limestone or sandstone?) or tenth grade geometry (tangent and co-tangent – no clue). However, I find it remarkable that I can remember the lyrics to a song I last heard 20 years ago when it comes on the radio.

  • Legislators begin work on 'ambitious' agenda

    I joined my fellow lawmakers back in Frankfort this week as we reconvened the 2017 session of the Kentucky General Assembly after a near month-long break following our brief, but rushed, organizational session in early January. 

  • Damaged buildings signal potential decline

    After an act of senseless, drunken vandalism caused damage to two businesses in Pleasureville some months ago, it could serve as a test of the broken windows theory in the city that straddles the Henry/Shelby county line.

    The broken windows theory predicts that small but persistent problems left unchecked will cascade into more serious breakdowns in social order, that crime arises from the resulting disorder.

  • Kentucky has strong business base

    Did you know that two-thirds of new jobs in the U.S. each year are created by small businesses, with more than half of Americans either owning or working for one of these small (but mighty) companies? It’s true, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), which helps small businesses be competitive both here in the U.S. and across the globe. 

  • Beating the odds in love and marriage

    According to certain sources, I should be divorced by now as I carry many of the risk factors for dissolution of marriage.

    I am the child of divorced parents, as is my husband – double whammy. When one spouse comes from a divorced home, the chances of your own divorce increase by 50 percent. They climb an astounding 200 percent higher when both husband and wife come from divorced households, according to a study from the University of Utah.

  • We'll be known by our love or lack of love

    In the mid-1960s, Peter Sholtes penned the words to a song that is sung in most of our churches. The refrain, “They will know we are Christians by our love,” is repeated throughout the song. There are three stanzas, at least that is how many stanzas I know. We sing the song better than we live it.

  • The facts back public schools

    Since we became a state in 1792, Kentucky has been committed to education. It is that commitment that led to key education decisions in the Civil Rights movement, the passage of the landmark 1990 Kentucky Education Reform Act (KERA) and the 19-year-old Kentucky Postsecondary Education Improvement Act.