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Columns

  • Library deserves our support

    By Molly McMasters
    Guest columnist

    For those in our community who do not know who the Marion County Friends of the Library (FOL) are, let me introduce us. We are patrons, grandmothers, grandfathers, mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, sons, daughters, citizens from all walks of life who live or have lived in Marion County and LOVE libraries; especially our local library.

  • One last push for House and Senate

    If legislative sessions start like a marathon, they end like a 100-yard dash, as the House and Senate make a final push to turn their goals into law. Leading the agenda, of course, is the state’s two-year budget and highway plan. Legislative leaders began meeting Wednesday to hammer out a compromise, and the good news is that there is some broad area of agreement.

  • It’s what’s on the inside that counts

    Maybe I’ve become more sensitive after having my head shaved, but lately there seems to be lots of news about young women being ostracized because of their hair, or lack of it.
    Last week, there were two stories in the national news involving schools that attempted to suspend or turn away young girls basically because of their hair.

  • This is the last week of legislation for the Senate

    Friday, I was happy to learn that House Bill 31 passed and now heads to the Senate Chambers.

  • House approves two-year highway plan

    If the state’s budget is the most important legislation that the General Assembly approves every two years, enacting the state’s road plan is a close second.
    As with the budget, the goal is to find the best use for a limited amount of resources. This is an area where Kentucky generally gets high marks, however, based on an annual national study by the Reason Foundation that ranks the quality of each state’s highway system. We came in 14th overall last year, with no state having a better quality of rural interstates.

  • Hot-button issues in the Senate bring out the crowds

    This week we had exciting news on the high school sports front as the Bardstown Tigers basketball team got the win over Elizabethtown on Tuesday, earning a trip to the Sweet 16 tournament in Lexington. The Tigers’ first game is Thursday night. This time of year is always exciting and I congratulate Bardstown High on the hard work and success.

  • Bald, bold and beautiful

    “When you’re a bald woman, you’ve broken the code. You’re different. You’re a rebel, and you always command the attention of the room. Some of them might be staring for the wrong reasons… But hey, at least they’re looking. And let’s be honest: They wish they were as cool as you. It’s fine. Not all of us can be superheroes.”

  • Celebrate the Sunshine!

    By Kathi Bearden
    Board President, New Mexico Foundation for Open Government
    Former Publisher, the Hobbs-News

    March 16-22 is Sunshine Week nationwide. Take a moment to celebrate. Sunshine Week focuses on the importance of open government. No open government, no democracy. No transparency, no government accountability.

  • Budget puts greater focus on education

    When it comes to the state’s budget, the past six years can be summed up in four words: Do more with less.
    There hasn’t been much choice, given that spending has been cut by $1.6 billion since 2008, and the state workforce is the smallest it has been since the 1970s.  Some agencies have seen spending reduced by more than a third, while classroom funding for elementary and secondary education has been held steady for far too long.

  • Senate has much to do in its last 20 working days

    The Senate continued work this week, and recognized an historic event. On Wednesday, many lawmakers joined thousands of Kentuckians gathered along Capitol Avenue to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s March on Frankfort. It was a cold and blustery March 5 when Dr. King led 10,000 others in a march up to the front door of our Capitol in support of the Kentucky Civil Rights Act.