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Columns

  • Issues to be debated during legislative session

    Although legislative sessions in odd-numbered years are relatively new in Kentucky – the first was held in 2001 – the General Assembly has long met during the first full week of January in these years to elect House and Senate leaders and update committee assignments.
    While the top four leaders in both chambers remained the same last week, there were some changes in the other leadership positions; in fact, nine of the 16 House and Senate leaders are new.

  • Bits and pieces to start the new year

    With a new year just beginning, it's a good time to remind everyone to be careful on the roads.
    That is never truer than when emergency vehicles are trying to reach a scene. Anyone who has been in a car has been on the road when the flashing lights have appeared and sirens have been sounded.
    Unfortunately, too many of us fail to do what we should to help those emergency vehicles. That means pulling over as close to parallel as possible to the edge or curb of the road, per Chapter 189.930(a) of the Kentucky Revised Statutes Chapter.

  • Kentucky’s rankings are both good and bad

    As states look for ways to improve their quality of life, the first thing they usually do is see how well they stack up with the rest of the country.

  • Kentucky NCRC predicts workplace success

    By Jim Skees

    Finding the right talent to fill available jobs is a top concern for more and more business leaders. In fact, many employers ready to expand or relocate say a competitive workforce weighs heavier in their location decision than the availability of shovel-ready sites.
    While every job requires its own specific skills and knowledge, existing and potential employers alike seek candidates with proven workplace skills – the basics that demonstrate a candidate can solve problems and succeed.

  • Share your views on current issues

    It’s time again for members of the Kentucky General Assembly to meet for a 30-day “short” session.
    I have provided a survey covering important topics the General Assembly may consider during the 2014 Session. Please take the time to review it, answer the questions, and return it to:
    Senator Jimmy Higdon
    242 Capital Annex
    702 Capitol Ave.
    Frankfort, KY 40601

  • Year in review: Things are looking up

    Although there is no doubt that we still have a long way to go to recover fully from the national recession that began seven years ago, there have been some encouraging signs in recent days.
    Early last week, for example, the U.S. Commerce Department reported that the economy grew by five percent between July and September, the fastest quarterly uptick in a decade.

  • Slow down and enjoy the holidays

    I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas season and a Happy New Year. For the second year in a row, the hustle of Christmas parties, parades, church services and family get-togethers seems more intense with the shorter period between Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Don’t let the stress and hectic schedule ruin your holiday. I hope I take my own advice when I say slow down and enjoy the holidays.

  • Interim is complete, General Assembly returns Jan. 6.

    Each year, the General Assembly has two distinct periods of activity: its legislative session, when laws are passed, and what is called the interim, when the House and Senate jointly review issues affecting the state.
    While much of the public’s attention is understandably focused on the former – which starts in early January and runs through either late March or mid-April, depending on the year – the latter plays an important, educational role as well.

  • Give and receive

    The gift of life.
    There is no greater gift.
    And, all too often, we take that gift for granted.
    We just assume there is going to be a tomorrow. But, tomorrow is never guaranteed.
    Just this week, a good friend of mine lost her father. His death was sudden, completely unexpected, and just a few days before Christmas.
    My heart hurts for her.
    Nothing can prepare you for such a loss. Nothing.

  • The job interview: Prepare and impress

    By Carter Dyson

    Job seekers commonly rank the interview as the most intimidating portion of their career search. Yet, the interview is the most critical time for a job seeker to be focused, engaging and confident.
    The only effective way to overcome the tension of a job interview is to prepare. From researching the employer to answering possible questions in front of a mirror, every minute you spend preparing will settle those nerves and give you an edge on your competition.