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Columns and Editorials

  • New legislation protects gun rights

    The Second Amendment is in the news a lot these days. It should be. It’s an important part of our nation’s history. 

  • You can get a lot for just 75 cents!

    Wednesday afternoons at the Local office are usually quiet; that is unless we’ve had some delivery issues.

    Occasionally, subscribers call in very frustrated and upset because they did not receive their newspaper. For many, it’s part of their routine and when the paper doesn’t reach them – either in their mailbox or at their favorite retail outlet – their routine is completely compromised.

  • Who pays for conservation?

    As co-chair of the Kentucky Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus, I find it fitting to take a moment to extend an enormous debt of gratitude to our hunters and anglers. The critical contributions that these sportsmen and women make to our economy and professional fish and wildlife management in the Bluegrass State ensure that we will enjoy access to our hunting and angling traditions now and into the future.

  • Cup of Joe from Kentucky's former state tree?

    If the Leadership Henry County Class of 2017 is successful with its beautification planting and education project at the recreational and services park — and I have no reason to think it won’t be — one of the few plants named after Kentucky will soon grow there.

    Because of the project and because of where we are, I wanted to take a closer look at the Kentucky coffeetree species, and I discovered it’s a pretty quirky life form.

  • Laws passed to honor Kentucky's veterans

    When I try to think of everything our military men and women have given us as Americans, I quickly realize the error of my ways. 

    It’s impossible to account for everything our military men and women have done for us. From those first moments in the battle for freedom on colonial soil to the deserts of the Middle East today, their amazing acts of selflessness for this nation has been constant. 

  • Commonwealth to celebrate 225 years

    On June 1, the Commonwealth of Kentucky will celebrate the 225-year anniversary of its admittance as a state into the Union.  Originally a part of Virginia known as “the Kentucky County,” it became the 15th state of this nation in 1792.  

  • Book club provides new genres, friendships

    I have always enjoyed reading and reportedly began at a very young age.

    My mother told me that in order to occupy me while she was cooking supper, she would sit me down in the kitchen floor and surround me with cans and boxes of food. I would “read” all the labels, carefully placing the read items off to the side as I was reaching for an unread item to read next.

  • Looking after baby boomers

    Oprah Winfrey. Bill Clinton. George Clooney. Each has reached a level of success that few will ever know. 

    Age wise, however, they are faces in a very large crowd — a crowd called the baby boom generation. Made up of around 75 million people born between 1946 and 1964, baby boomers in America are in nearly a dead heat with the millennial generation (ages 18-34) to claim the title of largest living generation in the U.S., according to the Pew Research Center.  

  • Kentucky tweaks education

    Education has come a long way in Kentucky over the past 30 years. Much of our progress began with the 1990 passage of KERA or the Kentucky Education Reform Act, which improved funding for K-12 education statewide from the mountains to the Mississippi. Today, that progress is seen in school facility improvements, better test scores, and a better educated Kentucky.

  • What happens in the interim

    Over a month has passed since the conclusion of the 2017 Session of the Kentucky General Assembly but my work as your senator has not slowed. Between answering your well thought-out letters and phone calls, I have been visiting with constituents in our district and listening to your concerns and preparing to discuss many of those topics during the interim.