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Columns

  • Our population is changing and growing older

    In the broadest sense, the population changes Kentucky has seen over the last 50 years have largely fallen in line with the country as a whole.
    We have both become increasingly urban, for example, with Kentucky’s tipping point coming in 1970, when the U.S. Census found for the first time that more than half of our citizens lived in or near a city. Both of us are also witnessing the same graying trend, which is no surprise because of advances in medicine and the growing number of Baby Boomers reaching retirement age.

  • I share Bluegrass Pipeline concerns

    Since the Williams Company and Boardwalk Pipeline announced plans earlier this year to run a portion of a 1,100-mile natural gas liquid (NGL) pipeline through Kentucky and through our community here, I’ve heard many concerns by landowners and community members. Concerns that I share.
    The legislature has been closely following the situation and last week convened a meeting of the Interim Joint Committee on Natural Resources and Energy focused on the issue. I am confident this is just the beginning of many conversations we will have in Frankfort about the pipeline.

  • Get out and enjoy what Kentucky has to offer

    With Labor Day behind us and a “biting cold and snowy” winter to come – if the Farmers’ Almanac prediction proves correct – the clock is ticking for those of us who would like to see some of what Kentucky has to offer during the fall.

  • Pipe Dreams

    By Rick Arendt
    Guest Columnist

    I have attended three local informational meetings regarding the proposed pipeline project through our beautiful state and one in Elizabethtown, which was put on by the pipeline companies. I asked questions of the experts supplied and based on their answers I have concluded that absolutely no good can possibly come to the people of Kentucky by allowing this project to begin. It is a very bad idea for our environment, for our safety and for our land values.

  • Backdoor deals

    “Never pick a fight with people who buy ink by the barrel.” - Mark Twain
     
    “Sometimes the truth hurts. And sometimes it feels real good.” - Henry Rollins
     
    These two quotes resonate with me after last week’s school board meeting, and I’ll tell you why.

  • Crime rate decreases, respect for law enforcement should increase

    Every year since the late 1980s, the Kentucky State Police has published a highly detailed break-down of the previous year’s crimes, giving us a much closer look at – and appreciation of – the work done every day by our law enforcement officers.
    This information from local and state departments alike is also crucial for those who oversee the state’s criminal justice system, because it points out trends that might otherwise go unnoticed and helps us determine the effectiveness of programs designed to make Kentucky safer.

  • Redistricting plan is fair

    Many of you have called or e-mailed me over the last few weeks to share your thoughts on redistricting. I appreciate your involvement in the process.

  • A ‘fowl’ of the law

    By Kim Bell
    Guest columnist

    90.26 Except in agricultural zoning districts, it shall be unlawful to keep poultry within the corporate limits of the city at any time during any year. (Ord. 08-01, passed Sept. 8, 2008)

    In the Aug. 21, edition of The Lebanon Enterprise, on page A15, the headline reads “Chickens still an issue for city.” The article gave a brief but detailed description of the Lebanon City Council meeting held on Aug. 12.

  • 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.