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Columns

  • Giving citizens a second chance

    When the General Assembly passes a new law cracking down on criminal behavior, there is an informal question legislators must first address: Is this someone we’re mad at, or someone we’re afraid of?
    It’s an important distinction. Those we’re afraid of, so to speak, need to be removed from society for a long time, but those we’re mad at need a path forward that helps them re-integrate into private life when their punishment is finished.

  • Let your voice be heard on proposed pipeline project

    Last week, it was announced that the Federal Environmental Regulatory Commission (FERC) will study a proposed conversion of a natural gas pipeline that crosses Kentucky. As you know, this gas line, most of which is underground, was completed in 1944 as a part of a wartime effort to supply natural gas to the Northeast.

  • ‘At his best’

    My dad taught me how to do many things during his life.
    He taught me how to pick out the perfect walking stick during our hikes together, and that trail mix (with M&Ms) is a necessity during long walks.
    He taught me the significance and importance of good photography. The photos he took of my twin sister and me when we were younger are priceless in my eyes.
    And, while I didn’t realize it at the time, he taught me that running can be a way to escape the stresses of life, as well as stay in shape.

  • Mid-Kentucky Chorus to perform Broadway classics

    By G.B. Dixon

    With one simple phrase set to music, George M. Cohan gave identity, community, and mystique to one small area along a common roadway cutting through New York City. That was in 1904, and today people are still singing, dancing, and humming Mr. Cohan's songful commemoration to the world of stage: "Give My Regards to Broadway."

  • State’s employment rate and revenues are up

    Recently, encouraging economic news was reported regarding Kentucky’s revenues and unemployment status. According to the state budget office’s report this month, Kentucky’s revenues increased 4.8 percent as compared to March of 2014. In fact, for fiscal year 2015, which runs from July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015, receipts are up 4.1 percent and expected to stay that way throughout the final months.  

  • ‘All Shook Up’ on stage in Springfield this weekend

    By G.B. Dixon

    It will not be religious fervor that makes folks shake, rattle and roll this weekend in Springfield, just a love for the sights and sounds of the 1950s and a ticket to the musical "All Shook Up," presented by the Central Kentucky Community Theatre Youth Actors.

  • State will keep its promise to teachers

    As things have seemingly calmed down after the end of the 2015 Legislative Session in Frankfort, I would like to once again address the KTRS issue by reassuring all teachers that we are committed to finding a solution.

  • Kentucky businesses setting export records

    By Kim Huston

    When the U.S. Commercial Service (USCS) office in Louisville - the export promotion arm of the U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration - first approached Bardstown manufacturer Armag Corporation in 2009 about selling overseas, the company was busy running a well-known domestic business in a niche market. With products that can be up to 2,000 square feet in size and take a few months to build, exporting was not part of their business strategy.

  • Kentucky to take on a bigger leading role in TV and movies

    Kentucky may be a couple of thousand miles away from Hollywood, but that hasn’t diminished our connections to the entertainment industry. Some of today’s most famous actors, for example – George Clooney, Jennifer Lawrence and Johnny Depp – were born here, while Tom Cruise spent part of his youth in Louisville.

  • Session was a success

    If it’s true that it takes years of preparation to be an overnight success, the same can also be said of many laws approved during a legislative session.
    This year is a prime example, with several high-profile measures having been considered by the General Assembly before. That includes those addressing booster seats, dating violence and an update of the state’s telecommunications laws.