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Columns

  • Road improvements completed near New Haven

    As we mark the reopening of Highway 247, I would like to express my appreciation to Governor Steve Beshear and the Transportation Cabinet officials in Elizabethtown for making the repair of the highway, as well as the Bull Run Creek safety project, high priorities for emergency funding.

  • Push for higher dropout age continues

    At the end of each legislative session, there is understandably a lot of discussion about what the General Assembly has passed.
    Although not given as much fanfare, the early to middle part of summer is an important period as well, because – other than those relatively rare cases when there is a specific enactment date or an emergency clause – that is when all legislation actually takes effect.  This year, that date fell on June 25.

  • Remembering a friend

    A newspaper, like many work places, can make your co-workers feel like family. You spend a lot of time together, often more than you spend at home with your real family.

  • It's 'Live Action' - lighten up, y'all

    Don't poke Turtleman fans. They might bite.

  • We are spoiled

    Last week was just one of “those weeks.”
    You know… one of those weeks where it seems everything goes wrong.
    Monday -  deadline day for us folks here at the newspaper - there was a flash flood in downtown Lebanon and several businesses, including the Enterprise, were flooded. At 5 p.m. Monday, we were frantically using stacks of old newspapers as if they were sand bags and moving computers away from incoming water. We managed to finish the paper before deadline, but we were frazzled, to say the least.

  • Time is money

    HB 463 has been criticized by many people in the corrections industry and in the law enforcement field because of certain provisions in that law. Thousands of prisoners have been released early from jails and prisons statewide, not because they had earned the time off, but because it would save the state money.

  • Kentucky Export Initiative is underway

    To better understand just how involved Kentucky is in transporting and exporting products across the country and around the world, consider the lobster.
    Most people normally wouldn’t associate the commonwealth with the crustacean, but they should, because for more than a decade now, we have been home to the world’s largest inland lobster tank. It’s a key stopping point between Nova Scotia and some of the United States’ finest restaurants.

  • Laws against sagging pants

    I often read my hometown newspaper, The Moultrie (Ga.) Observer online and keep up with folks I've known for years. I'm also interested in what actions governmental bodies act upon.
    Recently, the council held second reading on a measure updating an ordinance aimed at public indecency, most notably, at people who wear sagging pants, exposing their underwear, and backsides, to the world.
    The old ordinance states in its entirety: “It shall be unlawful for any person within this city to commit any act of public indecency.”

  • Between sessions, legislative work continues

    As you may know, the interim is in full swing with committees continuing to meet to study new issues and to review the progress of newly enacted laws. These committees are made up of both Senate and House members and are known as Interim Joint Committees. I chair the Veterans, Military Affairs, and Public Protection Committee and the Budget Review Subcommittee on Transportation. I serve on nine other committees and task forces that tackle issues ranging from to energy to education to health and welfare to economic development and tourism, among others.

  • Big Brother is listening

    By Sen. Rand Paul

    When Americans expressed outrage last week over the seizure and surveillance of Verizon's client data by the National Security Agency, President Obama responded: "In the abstract, you can complain about Big Brother... but when you actually look at the details, I think we've struck the right balance."