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Columns

  • New state laws take effect

    The halls of the Capitol may be relatively quiet when July arrives, but that doesn’t detract from the month’s importance when it comes to running state government. It marks the start of another fiscal year and, in even-numbered years, is when most new state laws take effect.

  • Keeping my feet on the ground

    If you saw me at the Marion County Fair last week, you probably didn’t see me on any rides. You would have seen me taking pictures of concerts, fireworks or perhaps trying to capture the joyous faces of everyone else having fun on the rides. In any case, my feet were planted firmly on the ground.
    Truth is, I love fairs. I love theme parks. The problem? I have an irrational fear of heights.

  • Don't feed the antibiotic panic

    By McKenna Dosier
    Summer Intern

    This weekend, while I was in Lexington visiting a friend, we went to a restaurant that advertised, quite frequently and proudly, that their burgers are antibiotic free.
    While the burger was amazing, it wasn't the lack of antibiotics that made it that way because anywhere you go in the United States, there will be no antibiotics in your meat.
    Let me tell you why.

  • Laying the groundwork for the legislative session

    States have often been called laboratories of democracy, and for good reason: That’s where most cutting-edge ideas to improve government are first tested. The good ones are widely copied while the unworkable ones teach a valuable lesson as well.

  • More employers using social media to recruit talent

    By Jennifer Carman

    Much has been written about how job seekers should present themselves on social media. But how can employers seeking talent in the Lincoln Trail region capitalize on social media to draw in the best and brightest?
    An effective talent search leverages many channels, and social media can help companies not only promote career opportunities but also develop its reputation as an employer and engage potential applicants.

  • Find something to be glad about

    Excuse me, but I’m about to channel my inner “Pollyanna.”
    For those of you who aren’t familiar with Pollyanna, let me explain.
    In the best-selling novel, Pollyanna, a young orphan, has been taught by her father how to play "the glad game," in which the goal is to "find something about everything to be glad about.”
    I’ve been trying to do this more often in my own life.
    Sometimes it’s difficult, or darn near impossible, but I still try.

  • Next time, take a cab

    I thought I was being smart when I slipped my wallet into my front pocket. I remember the smirk on my face when my wife, Emily, told me I should put it in the suitcase because it was all the money we had for this trip.
    “I’ll be fine,” I told her, patting the front of my jeans. A pickpocket would never go for the front one. It would be too easy for me to catch them.

  • HR 1942 and what it means

    By McKenna Dosier
    Summer Intern

    Safeguard American Food Exports Act of 2016, HR 1942, was referred to committee in late April and is currently still there.
    This bill would make the sale or transport of horses and other equines for the purpose of consumption illegal. It would also label them as not domesticated for human consumption.
    Most of you are probably wide-eyed with your jaws on the floor right now. Horse slaughter in the U.S., who knew?

  • Celebrate freedom, remember our Founding Fathers

    As it has for nearly two-and-a-half centuries, our nation will pause on Monday to celebrate its “birth” day, commemorating a time 240 years ago when the Founding Fathers declared our independence.
    Since July 4, 1776, we have weathered a war for our freedom, a war against ourselves, and wars against those who would like nothing more than to see us and our values falter. Although the world has changed in countless ways since Thomas Jefferson penned the Declaration of Independence, our commitment to protect and promote freedom has never wavered.

  • Take pride in our foundation of freedom

    The Fourth of July gives us all a chance to reflect on our country and to take pride in our nation's enduring principles. It is the day on which the Declaration of Independence was ratified by exemplary visionaries who dared to create a new form of government and new laws for a new people. For the first time it was decided that every person is born with certain God-given rights and that government should have no powers of its own other than those granted to it by the people.