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Today's Opinions

  • Off Topix

    Whether its officials meant for it to become this way or not, topix.com has become the source of countless complaints from people all over the country, including here in Marion County.

    From time to time, someone will call our office either demanding that we remove something from the discussion board or trying to find out how to do so.

  • Mills begins work in Frankfort

    As the snow and cold temperatures invaded Central Kentucky this week, I began my work as your state representative. I am excited to learn my way around the Capitol and meet all the people involved in the legislative process. I will update you regularly and keep all of you in my thoughts as I carry out my new responsibilities. Following is news from our work in Frankfort this week.

  • Government transparency bill moves forward

    The Senate pushed for government transparency, expanded voter participation, and the protection of private property. I attended the Rally for Life at the Capitol on Wednesday where I spoke to 200 people gathered there to celebrate the sanctity of life. I also spoke at the United 874K Coalition rally which promoted services for the disabled. One of my personal highlights during every session is the Right to Life Rally. Ever since I came to Frankfort as a state representative and now as a senator, I have supported pro-life legislation.

  • Dollars for dollars

    It's been said that you have to spend money to make money.

    Maybe that's what the City of Lebanon and Marion County were thinking when they decided to join other cities, counties and states that have hired lobbyists in hopes of getting a leg up on the competition for state and federal funds.

  • Healing

    The aging, lichen covered cherry tree defined my Kentucky property. It formed a boundary between lawn and hay field. It provided a shady sanctuary on hot summer days. It was a haven for birds, bees and butterflies. And since the day it fell, during the ice storm of January 2009, the huge old tree has defined my days.

    I have never experienced an event as devastating as "The Ice Storm". Neither the cherry tree nor I went down easily.

  • A little extra baggage in the ambulance

    Sunday afternoon, a few emergency personnel from around Marion County gathered for the start of an internal "Biggest Loser" competition.

    Stephanie Thomas, an EMT, is in charge of the program, and she was clear why she and others wanted to do it. Although they see the results of poor health habits on a daily basis with the people they treat and transport, that hasn't meant they have adopted healthy habits of their own.

  • Hoofin' it for hospice

    Saturday, April 24, is circled in big red ink on my calendar at work.

    Why? Because it's the day I'm scheduled to run my first mini-marathon - the Kentucky Derby mini-marathon - in Louisville.

  • Short on ideas: twitterize them

    With too much on my mind and not enough space to write in depth about anything, I've decided to "twitterize" this column with a short comment or two on issues that have caught my eye in the past week.   Here goes (tweet, tweet):

    Gov. Beshear is running the VLT flag up the pole once again. Not even all the hot air in Frankfort is likely to get it blowing much, however.

    Tax reform is needed in this state, but that flag isn't getting any wind either during this legislative session.