• A variety of discussions and debates continue

    The recent United States Supreme Court ruling on Obergefell vs. Hodges has overturned bans against same-sex marriage for all states in the U.S. This, of course, includes Kentucky, and there have been questions raised by county clerks, religious leaders, legislators, and citizens. An issue such as this is personal for many, and it is not a surprise that the transition has been complicated. As your senator, it is my job to look at how the ruling affects Kentucky statutes and our constitution. We will have work to do on this issue in the next general assembly.

  • Heroin law should go a long way in reducing drug overdoses

    Earlier this year, when the General Assembly approved legislation designed to curb the state’s heroin epidemic, many called the law a national model because of the way it blended additional treatment, smart-on-crime measures and tougher penalties for traffickers.
    On Monday, July 20, we learned that another comprehensive law in this field, this one targeting prescription drug abuse, is making the significant difference that other legislators and I had hoped when we passed it in 2012.

  • Helping the library

    By Molly McMasters
    Guest columnist

    The Friends of the Library (FOL) is a non-profit organization that exists only to support our local Marion County Public Library. Our group meets every other month (odd numbered months) on the second Thursday of the month at 5:15 p.m. in the small meeting room of the library.

  • State benefits from summer school programs

    Next month, Morehead State University will open what will be the state’s second specialty high school geared toward our best and brightest students.
    The Craft Academy for Excellence in Science and Mathematics will ultimately be home to 120 high school juniors and seniors from across the state, all of whom will have a chance to earn up to 60 college credit hours over a two-year period.

  • Celebrating workforce and economic development

    By Mo Miller

    The Lincoln Trail region has much to celebrate in workforce and economic development.
    Communities throughout our eight-county region are welcoming new employers and seeing existing employers expand. Businesses like Metalsa in Elizabethtown, Itsuwa in Bardstown, Karbec in Hodgenville and Hendrickson in both Elizabethtown and Lebanon have decided our region is the place to invest and create jobs.

  • The word of God has not changed

    By Jennifer Brockman

    I am writing in response to Rev. Bridgman’s article “Respect for One Another.”

  • Let Jesus and His apostles’ words speak

    By George L. Faull

    I saw a letter by Carrie Bridgman on “Respect One Another” concerning gay marriage. Her letter is dripping with niceness “no name calling” and encouraging tolerance.
    She says that she is not going to call those who disagree with her “bigots.” She says those of us who disagree with her is because we read the scriptures literally.

  • Working to make a positive impact

    By Kenny Fogle
    Executive Director
    Tri-County Kentucky United Way

  • Sinful man and God’s law

    By Alexander Campbell

    Editor’s note: The closing of this column may be considered graphic by some readers.

    I am writing in response to the article submitted by Carrie Mook Bridge. In reading this article many no doubt will see that she is a “minister” and take her word for granted. Yet just a cursory read of the Bible such as Jeremiah 28 will show that Hananiah claimed to have strong credentials as a “prophet” as well, yet he was by no means a prophet simply because he held that title.

  • Another view on human sexuality

    This week, you can read Alexander Campbell’s guest column in response to a piece that appeared last week (“Respect for One Another” http://goo.gl/0eY73e). If you read Campbell’s column (which can be read here http://goo.gl/qZgnOX), then you know he considers homosexuality both sinful and unhealthy.
    Personally, I disagree with about 95 percent of what Campbell wrote, but I support publishing it as I know there are others who share his views. I also want to try to explain why I have a different view of human sexuality than Campbell.