• 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.

  • Find the benefits of a multi-generational workforce

    By Kenny Rambo

    Our current workplace culture includes more generations working together than ever before. For the first time in history we have four generations in the workplace at one time – traditionalists, baby boomers, Gen X and millennials. Such a diverse group of people working together can create challenges for workplace culture, but this also provides an opportunity for employees to learn and grow as a team.

  • 98 bills go into effect today

    Interim activity continues, and in our meetings there has been very significant data provided. During the IJC on labor and industry last week, Dr. Kate Akers of the Kentucky Center for Education and Workforce Statistics reported that nearly 63 percent of Kentucky public high school graduates were college and/or career ready in 2014. While the numbers are an increase over previous years, it is difficult to compare with other states because Kentucky is unique in this measurement.

  • Father discovers what it’s all about

    You’ll have to forgive me, but I’ve been searching the Enterprise archives again.
    I recently found two columns that my dad wrote – one before my twin sister and I were born and one soon after we were born. I thought it would be fitting to publish both of them in honor of Father’s Day, which is Sunday.

  • ‘The value of hard work’

    By Brady Spalding

    I have been involved in the Boy Scouts of America program since I was 12 years old. Many think Scouts is just something for boys to do for fun, and in some ways that is true. However, fully completing the rankings and earning the rank of Eagle is a fairly rigorous challenge. In order to become an Eagle Scout, one must complete 21 merit badges, serve in positions of leadership for several months, complete a community service project, and this all is in addition to prior completion of the other five ranks.