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Columns

  • Recent redistricting process went smoothly

    Last week, the General Assembly returned to the Capitol to re-draw the geographic lines that govern the 100-member House of Representatives and the 38-member Senate.
    It’s something we and every other state are called upon to do each decade, to reflect the differences in population found by the Census.

  • A love of learning

    Terry Ward was like the uncle I never had.
    From basically the moment I was born he was like family.
    He and my mom and dad were the best of friends.

  • Zero tolerance

    Driving while under the influence is an avoidable, inexcusable crime, and I applaud any community that has zero tolerance for it.

  • Veteran crisis hotline here to help

    Rarely a week passes that I don’t receive a call or an e-mail from a constituent looking for contact information on a wide range of issues, including the critically important hotline to help prevent suicide among our veterans.

  • Rankings paint a clearer picture of Kentucky’s progress

    In today’s data-driven age, there is no shortage of comparative lists that states can use to check the progress they’re making. The rankings may not shed much light individually, but when enough are brought together, a much clearer picture begins to emerge.
    With that in mind, Kentucky and 14 of her fellow southern states got a chance earlier this summer to see how each stacks up in some especially crucial areas.

  • ‘What’s your house number?’

    At 11:37 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 9, my house was filled with smoke. More than likely, a melted gas line was already causing a blow-torch effect that burned through our basement floor, charred our first floor hallway and caused our cat, Moe, to perish from smoke inhalation.
    At 11:37 a.m., my friend, the newspaper publisher, called me to ask my house number.
    "475."
    "Your house is on fire."

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  • Sequestration cuts more like an ax than a scapel

    We may be a little more than halfway through 2013, but in Washington and state governments across the country, the focus is increasingly on federal actions taken in 2011.
    The issue can be summed up in one word: sequestration.

  • Letters to the editor - Aug. 7, 2013

    Say no to Bluegrass Pipeline
    We wish to commend all members of Marion County Fiscal Court for passage of the resolution to protect the health, safety, and property rights of citizens in this county against those private out-of-state interests involved with the proposed Bluegrass Pipeline.
    In this, our day of often lagging and unresponsive governmental leadership, our faith in fundamentals of the American way has been restored.

  • Pipeline discussions persist

    I was in the middle of writing this column when an email arrived in my inbox from BluegrassPipeline@Wiliams.com.
    “Recent news stories have given many Kentuckians an incorrect view of this project and what it means for the Commonwealth,” the email read.

  • Kentuckians who should have made the history books

    For generations now, students have been taught that Abraham Lincoln was the first native Kentuckian to be U.S. President.
    Technically speaking, however, that’s not true.