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Columns

  • Local Workforce Board seeks your input in regional strategic plan

    By Mo Miller

    We know that talent fuels our region’s economic prosperity. Businesses cannot succeed or grow without a skilled workforce. Communities cannot attract new business without an available workforce.

  • Senate works swiftly during short session

    A wide array of bills were heard in committees and voted out of the Senate in a busy and fast-paced third week of the 2017 session. Because this year’s 30-day meeting of the Kentucky General Assembly is considered a “short session,” we are focusing on maximizing our time here in Frankfort. We passed nearly 20 bills this week with topics ranging from tobacco use on school property to campaign finance reform to transportation issues.

  • General Assembly taking steps to make Kentucky the best version of itself

    By State Rep. Brandon Reed

    The people’s work continues in the General Assembly as a busy third week of the regular session comes to a close. The House has taken steps to protect the brave men and women who serve our communities in uniform, educate students on opioid abuse prevention, honor our state’s veterans, and make government open and transparent to the hardworking taxpayers of Kentucky.

  • Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act funds in-demand skills training

    By Jim Skees

    Like many advanced manufacturers throughout the Lincoln Trail region, Tower International is dedicated to ensuring its employees have the right skills. It’s a practice that not only allows employees to grow professionally and advance their careers, but it also promotes the company’s competitiveness.

  • Change can be scary, but worth it

    It’s hard to believe, but my son will be graduating from elementary school in a few short months. Like many parents, I worry about his transition from elementary to middle school. I don’t worry about his academic progress. I know he’ll continue to excel. His father and I somehow hit the jackpot with Owen. We never have to nag him to do his homework or study for tests. He has excelled in every subject, although his handwriting could use some work. (Who am I kidding? I have zero room to talk in that department).

  • Top priority will be education reform

    By State Rep. Brandon Reed

    The General Assembly returned to Frankfort this week after a brief organizational break, and the week has been filled with legislative meetings as well as the daily session. Most importantly, when we returned we heard from Governor Matt Bevin as he delivered the State of the Commonwealth to a joint session of the House and Senate.

  • If one woman succeeds, we all do

    Strong, confident women build each other up instead of tear each other down.

  • Privacy of students is important

    By Martin Cothran
    Senior policy analyst
    The Family Foundation

    A number of state legislatures have seen the introduction of proposed laws that would restrict bathroom use in schools according to the student’s biological gender. Kentucky is one of them.

  • ‘Find a new place to live’

    “Find a new place to live.”
    I was disgusted when I read that phrase on social media Sunday afternoon.
    I was even more disgusted by the fact that it was one of my friends who used it.
    The person was referring to the immigrants who are now, thanks to our new president, being banned from entering the United States. Approximately 500,000 of them are legal permanent residents of this country who might be banned from re-entering the country if they left, or if they’re currently abroad.
    “Find a new place to live.”

  • General Assembly gets back to work Feb. 7

    By State Rep. Brandon Reed

    As the General Assembly takes an organizational break from the 2017 regular session, we continue to focus on the issues Kentuckians elected us to address. The first week was historic for many reasons. Republicans took control of the Kentucky House of Representatives for the first time since 1921, we saw a Republican Speaker of the House gavel in for the first time in nearly 100 years, and we passed several bills during the first week keeping good on our promise to bring each of us a better Kentucky.