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Today's Opinions

  • Taking the pledge to sit less, move more

    Not to be a hypochondriac or anything, but the increased discussion around “the sitting disease” has soaked in. It sounds like something I’ve already caught.

    Folks who read any news at all, like me, have probably been exposed to the growing consensus that inactivity serves as the enemy of good health. 

    Thinking back to this past winter, more than once I used the excuse of the weirdly warm and wet weather as an excuse to beg off on my normal goal of walking at least two miles a day. 

  • Communication in the time of emojis

    As I finished writing a thank you note the other day, I congratulated myself on stubbornly upholding what some consider an old-fashioned practice rarely seen these days.

    At second glance, I was dismayed at the messiness of my cursive writing, which some suggest might also be a thing of the past.

  • Concerned about effects of education legislation

    This week I received a three-page form letter from Senator Paul Hornback touting what he described as the achievements of the “most productive and historic session in history.” 

    While I suppose that his description is technically accurate in that an enormous amount of legislation was produced, the connotation of the phrase belies the true nature of the legislative session. 

  • State faces aging challenge

    The U.S. population is growing faster than a blade of bluegrass in spring. But a larger population will not necessarily mean a younger population, for either our country or the Bluegrass State. 

  • In the grip of mowing mania, think monarchs

    Beyond the orange barrels and black asphalt in warm weather work zones, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) will also try, by adding milkweed to its interstate pollinator plantings, to pave the way for orange and black monarchs during their massive international migration, according to a news release sent out by the state department last week.

  • Protect the earth from legislators

    A few years ago, Wendell Berry proclaimed, “I stand for what I stand on.”  These are words that we should all aim to live by. 

  • Be a CASA volunteer

    Each year over 28,000 children experience abuse and neglect in Kentucky. To paint a picture of the need, the average Kentucky elementary school has 500 students. 

    The 28,000 abused and neglected children could fill 56 elementary schools. This number includes 132 children in Henry County. 

  • Bills passed designed to move state forward

    It’s been good to be back among the people of the 47th House District in Carroll, Gallatin, Henry and Trimble counties since the adjournment of the 2017 session of the Kentucky General Assembly on March 30.  I’ve enjoyed talking to so many of you about the many issues we faced and the final decisions that were made, some with my support and some without.