• Protect yourself from identity theft

    As a crime, identity theft is anything but new. It dates back to biblical times, when Jacob pretended to be his brother to deceive their father, Isaac.
    The term itself was coined in the mid-1960s, but it found new life with the popular rise of the internet. Now, barely a month passes without news of another breach of personal information that often affects millions of Americans.

  • Respect for one another

    By Carrie Mook Bridgman

    Guest columnist


    This is where I’m going to make some people very happy and others very unhappy.  I will not call anyone names if you disagree with me.  I will let you know what I think about this ruling, but the point of this column is to think about how we can move forward from here, no matter our opinion of the ruling itself.

  • State’s drinking water still healthy

    About a week ago, state officials released the latest annual report on the quality of a resource we too often take for granted: our drinking water.
    In short, the news is good for those who rely on the treated water provided each and every day by our nearly 450 public utilities.

  • Supporting a culture of entrepreneurs

    As we work to fuel innovation, create jobs and drive our economy forward, it’s important that we take steps to encourage entrepreneurship.
    “All businesses once were start-ups founded by entrepreneurs,” noted Rick Johnson, program director for Kentucky Innovation Network at the Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation.

  • July will be a busy month for legislators

    I’m looking forward to a busy July with my work as your senator, and as a member of the Southern Legislative Conference’s (SLC) Education Committee. The SLC is a nonpartisan organization that brings legislators from 15 states together to discuss issues, share ideas, and work on multi-state problem solving.

  • Say ‘no’ to hatred

    Last week, Elaine de Leon Angh wrote a blog post in which she had some urgent things to say to people of faith. She wrote about the shooting at Emmanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina:

  • We continue to protect and promote freedom

    As we ready to celebrate the Fourth of July on Saturday, it’s worth remembering the words President Kennedy spoke at Philadelphia’s Independence Hall a little more than five decades ago.
    “The theory of independence is as old as man himself, and it was not invented in this hall,” he said, “but it was in this hall that the theory became a practice; that the word went out to all, in Thomas Jefferson’s phrase, that ‘the God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time.’”

  • Happy Fourth of July

    I can’t think of a better place to be for the Fourth of July than in Kentucky. We love our country and we know how to celebrate the fourth! All across the Commonwealth, communities have wonderful and unique traditions - none more so than our cities and communities in the 14th Senate District from Fishing Creek (Casey County) to Fern Creek (Jefferson County).

  • Remembering those we’ve lost

    Friday, June 19, would have been David Litsey Jr.’s 25th birthday.
    To mark the occasion, his family and friends gathered at his grave in the St. Augustine Cemetery. Balloons were passed out with a message on the side: “It’s been a long day without you my friend, I’ll tell you about it when I see you again!”
    As the family gathered to remember, someone read a poem, “The Loss of a Cousin.”
    Everyone released their balloons, and David’s mother, Linda, led a prayer.

  • Change is on the horizon for Kentucky’s internet speeds

    Three months ago, when the Washington Post ran a story comparing peak broadband internet speeds among the states, the news for Kentucky was not good: We came in last, behind Arkansas. Our rate is half of what can be found in Virginia, which placed second.