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Today's Opinions

  • 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. 

  • Bills passed to protect first responders

    When a police officer, sheriff deputy, firefighter or emergency medical services worker dies in the line of duty, the entire community — indeed, the entire state of Kentucky — comes together to mourn the loss. 

  • Lipstick on a pig
  • Changing healthcare for the better

    Leaders on Capitol Hill are, once again, poised to turn their attention to health care reform. While headlines about repeal and replace have garnered the most attention, this discussion goes beyond the fate of the Affordable Care Act.  We have a wonderful opportunity ahead of us to strengthen health care for the future and create a more effective and efficient system for all Americans.