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Today's Opinions

  • Flurry of bills pass Senate and House as session nears end

    The three days that the Kentucky General Assembly was in session this week started on Monday with news that the first new law of 2015 had taken effect and ended on Wednesday night with a flurry of bills passing both chambers before the Senate and House adjourned shortly before midnight.

    Lawmakers are now in a nine-day recess and will return to the Capitol for the final two days of the 2015 session on March 23 and 24.

  • Kentucky continues to battle epidemic of heroin

    When it comes to illegal drug use, few states have been hit as hard as Kentucky over the last 15 years.   We have lost thousands of loved ones during that time to a rising tide of meth, synthetic drugs, prescription drug abuse and heroin, and tens of thousands more have seen their lives ruined.

    The General Assembly has responded by passing a series of laws, many of them hailed as national models, that have had real, lasting success against these epidemics.

  • Part 2: Are you ready?

    As I wrote in “Prepare for judgment,” there is more that you need to know.

    In the Bible, it mentions in Ezekiel, Chapter 38 and 39, Iran which was called Persia back then, and Russia, the far northern country, are acting up.

    I believe one day they will come together and attack the rest of the world, after the Rapture happens and the people who are left will do bad deeds and fight a small nation called Israel.

  • Road crews did a great job

    I would be remiss if I did not publicly thank the Henry County Road Department, the State Highway Garage and the New Castle Public Works Department for the outstanding job they did keeping our roads clear during the winter weather we have experienced the past three weeks.

    They have worked long hours and probably have received very little thanks for the job they have done.  

    After the last snow we received last week I expected to wake up Thursday morning and not be able to go anywhere. 

  • Proposed Innovation Act threatens American inventors

    By Thomas Massie, U.S. Representative

    At the recent Northern Kentucky Regional First LEGO League Robotics tournament, I marveled at the imagination and creativity displayed by so many young people.  

    In these students, I see the spirit of ingenuity and a culture of invention that have been critical to our nation’s economic success for over two centuries. 

  • Winter makes me SAD, but spring warms my soul

    I always know when spring is close at hand when I run out of vitamin D.

    For the past few years, I have purchased a 90-day supply of vitamin D in late December or early January to ward off symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).

  • A lesson learned from Miss Daisy and Hoke

    Donna and I recently watched Driving Miss Daisy, a 1989 movie starring Jessica Tandy (Miss Daisy) and Morgan Freeman (Hoke).  I was amazed at how much of the story I had forgotten, or didn’t get, from 25 years ago.  

    What I remembered was a story about a cantankerous old woman and a tenacious old African-American man who managed to become friends in spite of their differences.  There was more to the story.

  • Senate sends severals bills to House

    Submitted by Sen. Paul Hornback

    As we approach the final days of the 2015 Legislative Session, we have been working diligently to complete our consideration of Senate bills while also vetting legislation that has been passed by the House. We will begin considering several additional House bills next week.