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Today's Opinions

  • Voiced concerns over policies

    Congressman Thomas Massie attended an event in Henry County on Saturday and was met by supporters and resistors alike. I took the opportunity to show my concerns over Mr. Massie’s proposed legislation in regards to our community. How fortunate we are to live in a country where we enjoy freedom of speech and the right to assemble peaceably.

  • Busy week at the Capitol

    Headlines in recent days have made it clear that Kentucky’s problems with heroin, other illegal opioids and prescription drug abuse, continue to take lives and devastate communities at a shocking rate.

  • Musical memories compose happiest times

    I’m sure my former teachers would find it disappointing that I can’t readily recall fifth grade geography (we had to label all the counties in Kentucky), eighth grade Earth science (is that limestone or sandstone?) or tenth grade geometry (tangent and co-tangent – no clue). However, I find it remarkable that I can remember the lyrics to a song I last heard 20 years ago when it comes on the radio.

  • Legislators begin work on 'ambitious' agenda

    I joined my fellow lawmakers back in Frankfort this week as we reconvened the 2017 session of the Kentucky General Assembly after a near month-long break following our brief, but rushed, organizational session in early January. 

  • Damaged buildings signal potential decline

    After an act of senseless, drunken vandalism caused damage to two businesses in Pleasureville some months ago, it could serve as a test of the broken windows theory in the city that straddles the Henry/Shelby county line.

    The broken windows theory predicts that small but persistent problems left unchecked will cascade into more serious breakdowns in social order, that crime arises from the resulting disorder.

  • The decency and humanity of Muslims

    It’s hard to dislike an entire group of people once you know a lot of them. When Latino farmworkers first began moving to Henry County, I was pleased to see people here making sure they were welcome. When hard-working, upstanding families are helping with your farm work and going to school with your children, you start to see them as people and not stereotypes. 

  • Kentucky has strong business base

    Did you know that two-thirds of new jobs in the U.S. each year are created by small businesses, with more than half of Americans either owning or working for one of these small (but mighty) companies? It’s true, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), which helps small businesses be competitive both here in the U.S. and across the globe. 

  • Beating the odds in love and marriage

    According to certain sources, I should be divorced by now as I carry many of the risk factors for dissolution of marriage.

    I am the child of divorced parents, as is my husband – double whammy. When one spouse comes from a divorced home, the chances of your own divorce increase by 50 percent. They climb an astounding 200 percent higher when both husband and wife come from divorced households, according to a study from the University of Utah.