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Today's Opinions

  • Know the facts, seek out unbiased sources

    There’s a lot of talk these days about fake news.
    There’s even a Wikipedia page for fake news, which of course, could be fake itself.

  • Assessing this session’s good and bad

    The 2017 session of the Kentucky General Assembly is now history, and with its conclusion comes the consideration of what was accomplished, both good and bad, and how the adoption of these policies will play out for the future of the Commonwealth.
    It was a busy session, with 793 bills introduced overall, and 203 approved by both chambers.

  • Stand up for the rights of all to disagree

    In a world seemingly awash in political strife, there’s a drip, drip, drip of condescension and negativity that threatens to erode all of our civil rights.

    Of course, the forum front and center in my concern is none other than Facebook, where it’s easier than ever to verbally abuse someone who is different from ourselves or who holds differing beliefs. 

  • 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.

  • This is what democracy looks like

    Regardless of how you voted last November it’s impossible to deny our country is changing right before our eyes. It’s not an overstatement to say that the new administration will not only re-ignite the women’s movement, but galvanize our populous to seriously take a look at civil rights, human rights and religious tolerance.

    I’m motivated on a dozen levels after attending the Women’s March in DC.  

  • 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.