• Politics, breakfast and a full belly

    On Saturday morning, the Marion County Farm Bureau hosted its annual legislative breakfast. This has become a tradition on the last Saturday in January, and it’s one that more people should attend.
    Here’s a few thoughts after eating one (or two) too many doughnuts.
    • Obviously, this is an opportunity for local Farm Bureau members to share their concerns with our state legislators, and for the legislators to share their thoughts on the General Assembly.

  • Entertainment is around the corner

    By G.B. Dixon

    Arts columnist

  • Legislators returning to session after break

    After a three-week adjournment, the 2015 General Assembly convenes this week on Feb. 3 and will go through March 24 if all goes as planned. During the adjournment, I have had a great time visiting many of our schools and teaching about our legislative process and government. Last week, I joined the other members of the Kentucky Public Pension Oversight Board and heard reports from the Kentucky Retirement System and Kentucky Teacher Retirement System representatives on investment performance.

  • Just step outside

    The argument for enacting an indoor smoke-free law in Kentucky is simple: Everyone has the right to breathe smoke-free air.
    I would hope even smokers would agree.

  • No butts: It's time for a smoke-free law in Kentucky

    Smoke-Free Kentucky is making another push for a law to prohibit smoking in indoor workplaces, including restaurants and bars. This time, I should hope the legislation will pass and Governor Steve Beshear will sign it.
    By now, we’ve heard the arguments against the law - tobacco is a legal product, businesses should be allowed to decide if they will or won't allow smoking. We also understand why people who rely on tobacco to make a living might be concerned about this kind of law.

  • Sen. Wendell Ford truly made a difference

    Late last week, Kentucky lost one of its true statesmen with the passing of former U.S. Senator Wendell Ford.
    Since then, there have been numerous accolades about his many accomplishments in Washington, D.C. – from helping to write and pass the Family and Medical Leave Act to promoting Kentucky’s signature coal and tobacco industries – but it is worth noting that several actions taken during his time as governor continue to benefit Kentuckians today.

  • Lots of work to do in Frankfort

    Greetings from Frankfort. After a busy and very productive first week of the session, we are in adjournment until Feb. 3. Yet, we still have much work to do. The last date for new bills is Feb. 13, and that means that we are working to see what legislation needs priority and how to move forward efficiently. I have been traveling to Frankfort and meeting with the other leaders to prepare.

  • Major issues to be addressed by March

    There may only be 30 working days in this year’s legislative session, but it already seems like there are about twice as many major issues needing to be addressed before the General Assembly wraps up its work in late March.
    Because the state operates under a two-year budget, and our constitution therefore requires larger majorities in the House and Senate to “open it up” in odd-numbered years, few of the bills filed have a significant financial impact.
    Even so, that does not lessen the importance of those that may become law.

  • Career centers focus on advanced manufacturing training

    By Sherman Bowman

    The Lincoln Trail Workforce Investment Board and the Kentucky Career Center – Lincoln Trail are pleased to announce a new training program to help both job seekers and employers in one of our region’s most promising job sectors – advanced manufacturing.
    Through a grant-funded initiative, called Kentucky Career Center Get Opportunity (KCCGO), we’ve developed intensive, no-cost training to help up to 90 job seekers start or re-enter their career in manufacturing.

  • No ordinary fish

    I don’t know about you, but my mind has been consumed with “bad news” lately.
    So, if I may, I’m going to lighten the mood for a bit.
    I want to tell you a story about a fish named “Dempsey.”
    Dempsey is no ordinary fish.
    For starters, he’s a parrot cichlid, and his ancestors were first created in Taiwan around 1986.
    He’s “manmade” so to speak.