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Today's Opinions

  • Help prevent dog bites for postal carriers

    In April, the United States Postal Service promoted National Dog Bite Prevention Week. I am writing to ask our customers to extend their efforts and help make this “National Dog Bite Prevention Year.”

  • 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.

  • App eliminates distractions while driving

    Distracted driving killed about 3,330 people in 2011, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Each day in the United States alone, eight people die and 1,161 sustain injuries due to a wreck involving a distracted driver, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

    But Henry County Coroner Jimmy Pollard hopes that while technology has contributed to the distractions, an app can also make the roads safer. Especially if it can be loaded onto the phones of young people who have less experience behind the wheel.

  • Workers' rights still need protection

    This Mother’s Day is a reminder that our Commonwealth needs strong measures to support pregnant workers.

    All too often, pregnant workers are pushed out of their jobs because our current laws don’t explicitly guarantee reasonable accommodations for pregnancy and childbirth. The Kentucky Pregnant Workers’ Act would enshrine important protections into our law.

  • Join efforts to honor Henry County's fallen soldiers

    A countywide Memorial Day Service will be held at the Eminence Christian Church on Monday, May 29, beginning at 11 a.m. 

    The Henry County Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary is presenting this program in remembrance of Henry County’s fallen soldiers. We hope you will join us in honoring our neighbors who gave all in the service of our country.