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Today's Opinions

  • Senate Bill 5 will derail our fight on opioid abuse

    Here’s a statistic that can give you nightmares: Emergency departments in Kentucky saw a 266 percent increase in heroin overdoses between 2013-16, according to data from the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy.

    The opioid epidemic is destroying families and being felt in real ways in workplaces, emergency rooms and, all too often, funeral homes. 

  • Reasonable gun control

    "Solutions to problems are simple, when viewed from their ludicrous extremes" ... when the Constitution was crafted the only long guns were single shot muzzle loaders ... it took an expert 30 seconds to reload ... and by the seventh round, the barrel would likely tighten and it wouldn't be possible to shoot another round. THAT is the weapon that our forefathers envisioned when drafting the Second amendment in 1791.

  • I don't want to hear about your love of guns

    I am not going to tell you about the need for gun control. I am going to tell you how much campaign cash the following Republican senators have received from the NRA:

    John McCain, Arizona: $7,740,521

    Richard Burr, North Carolina: $6,986,620

    Roy Blount, Missouri: $4,551,146

    Thom Tillis, North Carolina: $4,418,012

    Cory Gardner, Colorado: $3,879,064

  • We need to learn how to compromise
  • Kentucky House makes education a priority in its budget

    By the first day of March, the House of Representatives had adopted a budget. While this is a historic first during my time in the General Assembly, it is not the only one we saw in the past week.

  • Our nation needs to address root causes of youth violence

    What are the root causes of adolescent suicide, drug abuse, violence, school shootings, bullying, depression, teen pregnancy and risky sexual behaviors?  

    We frequently approach these problems as separate and distinct, occupying their own silo. The truth is they often have their origin from the same basket of maladies with related initiating factors.

  • Senior hunger in the golden years

    Sometimes the golden years of retirement aren’t so golden. Visions of a stable post-work life are soon forgotten, only to be replaced by declining health, disabilities, and a fixed income. Dreams of traveling to new places are replaced by frequent trips to doctor’s appointments. Adventure is found in the form of stretching a limited budget until the next monthly check arrives. The decision whether to eat or pay for medicine or utilities becomes a daily dilemma for many over the age of 60. 

  • ‘That kid’

    “Be kind.”

    Those are the last two words I say to my son when I drop him off at school in the mornings.

    After I’ve asked him for the third time if he finished his homework and if he remembered to put on deodorant, I tell him to have a good day, that I love him and to “be kind.”

    It’s the No. 1 expectation I have for him. 

    He doesn’t have to be the smartest student.