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Columns

  • 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.

  • 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.