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Columns and Editorials

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • Senate sends severals bills to House

    Submitted by Sen. Paul Hornback

    As we approach the final days of the 2015 Legislative Session, we have been working diligently to complete our consideration of Senate bills while also vetting legislation that has been passed by the House. We will begin considering several additional House bills next week.

  • Harvest Showcase committee asks for more community support

    Henry County has a proud farming heritage. Never have I seen it more appropriately on display than at the annual Henry County Harvest Showcase.

  • 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.

  • Help Kentucky's hungry and Kentucky's farmers

    When you donate a part of your state tax refund to the Farms to Food Banks Trust Fund, you’re helping Kentuckians in unfortunate circumstances – some of them your friends and neighbors – gain access to fresh, nutritious, local foods. You’re also helping Kentucky farmers make a living. It’s good for economic development, and it’s consistent with Kentucky values of compassion and generosity.