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Columns

  • Do something good

    Our community is full of really, really kind people.
    I’m reminded of that daily.
    Sometimes, it’s the small gestures of kindness I notice. Like the lady who works at the convenient store who gave me an unexpected but very much appreciated compliment recently while I was buying my cup of coffee. Or, the man who stopped me while I was walking down the sidewalk last week to share some positive feedback about something I wrote for the paper recently. Those small gestures of kindness can make a big difference in someone’s day.

  • Senate works swiftly during short session

    A wide array of bills were heard in committees and voted out of the Senate in a busy and fast-paced third week of the 2017 session. Because this year’s 30-day meeting of the Kentucky General Assembly is considered a “short session,” we are focusing on maximizing our time here in Frankfort. We passed nearly 20 bills this week with topics ranging from tobacco use on school property to campaign finance reform to transportation issues.

  • Give something meaningful this Christmas

    I love this time of year.
    People seem happier.
    Food tastes better.
    Work seems a little less stressful.
    (The election is over. Need I say more?)
    But, there is one thing I really dislike about the holiday season - the stress we inflict on ourselves about buying Christmas gifts.
    Why do we put so much pressure on ourselves? Why do we care so much? What has created this materialistic monster that seems to take over the real meaning of the season? Our society is so obsessed with things, money, buying, etc.

  • Women moving in positive directions

    By Davette B. Swiney

    Kecha Richardson wants what any loving parent wants. She wants to provide for her children, and she wants to set an example that gives them the confidence and drive to find their own success.
    That common dream can’t begin to take shape for Kecha without self-sustaining employment. Often there are barriers to entering or progressing in the workforce.

  • General Assembly could help more students afford college

    It may not have generated much publicity, but Kentucky’s economy hit a high-water mark in October, when our civilian labor force saw its biggest one-month gain in at least 40 years. It grew by almost 15,000 during those 31 days, putting us just shy of two million people who are either working or actively looking for a job.

  • Thankful for the greatest generation

    I have been immersed in American history lately, particularly with the World War II era. I can’t tell you why, to be perfectly honest. Maybe the current political climate has inspired me to study how we got here. Perhaps I long for a different time than the one in which I live.
    Honestly, though, I think I am simply in awe of the people who came before us, paving the way for a world where we can be free.

  • A Legislative Perspective on the Kentucky General Assembly

    This week, our families and friends will sit down at the dinner table to celebrate Thanksgiving, the oldest of the American-based holidays.

    Nearly 400 years have passed since the most famous of these harvest feasts was held by the Pilgrims and Native Americans.  It didn’t become the holiday we recognize today, though, until President Washington and then President Lincoln helped solidify its place on the calendar, which Congress finalized in the 1940s by declaring it to always be on the fourth Thursday of November.

  • ‘Tis the season of giving

    The hustle and bustle of the winter holidays is well underway and the cool crispness of the autumn air is turning towards winter frost. Even as the weather changes and the holiday season comes upon us, we are still busy in Frankfort with interim joint committee meetings as well as planning for the 2017 session of the General Assembly.

  • Thankful to be married… I think

    I might not be married.
    I probably am. But Emily and I aren’t exactly sure.
    Don’t get me wrong, we said our vows before God and a crowd of witnesses. We sealed our promises with a kiss. The music played. People cheered. But a small discovery we made about three years ago might mean the two of us didn’t quite tie the knot as recognized by the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
    Emily was the most beautiful bride I had ever seen. Neither one of us could keep the tears in as she walked down the aisle toward me.

  • Don’t take clean water for granted

    Other than during a rare boil-water advisory, most of us don’t think twice when we turn on the faucet. We just expect clean and plentiful water to be there.
    For about 95 percent of Kentuckians, that’s exactly what we get each and every day from the 400-plus public and community water systems that serve the commonwealth. These systems meet or exceed health-based standards at an incredible rate of 99.73 percent.