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Opinion

  • “Dear Dad.”
    When I was 13 years old, I wrote my dad a letter. It was one of several letters I wrote to him during my childhood. But, it was more than just a letter. It was a desperate plea.
    “Dad, please, I beg you, please stop drinking.”
    My dad was a good father. He was an amazing journalist and an incredible photographer. But, he was also an alcoholic.

  • Early mornings turned to late nights and spirited debate echoed through the House and Senate chambers as we closed in on the final days of the 2017 Legislative Session in Frankfort. A flurry of bills were sent to Governor Matt Bevin’s desk this week, highlighted by measures to empower our Kentucky teachers and create better learning environments for our Kentucky students.

  • By State Rep. Brandon Reed

    With a busy week of the regular session behind us, the legislature is heading into a 10-day veto recess to let Governor Bevin review the legislation passed by the General Assembly. We took action this week to give final passage to several measures to make Kentucky safer, support our first responders, and ease burdens on our local churches.

  • Social Security is with you through life’s journey, putting you in control of your finances and future. With this in mind, we have made getting a replacement Social Security Benefit Statement even easier. Now you can instantly print or save a replacement any time you want. That’s control!

  • Several weeks ago, two men, lifelong friends, were found dead in a cabin in the small community of St. Joe, in Marion County. They met weekly to visit and have a meal together.
    It appears that Phillip suffered a heart attack and his friend, Joe Boy, died also with heart failure, while trying to perform CPR to save his friend.
    When I was discussing this with my son, he said, “Wow, what an honorable way to die, trying to save your friend. He’s a silent hero.”

  • By Mary Cambron

    The skilled tradespeople working in today’s manufacturing sector have a lot going for them. They have interesting, innovation-driven careers that offer good pay, longevity and skills development that provides security as well as advancement opportunities.
    But here’s the issue: there are too few electricians, machinists, welders and others to meet the demand of the thriving manufacturing sector here in the Lincoln Trail region and across the country.

  • Editor’s note:  This editorial was originally published in The Kentucky Standard.

    Donald Trump plans to eliminate gun-free zones in our nation’s schools. U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos thinks schools need guns to protect students from bears. Eight states now have provisions that allow the carrying of concealed weapons on public college and university campuses.

  • Late nights, packed committee meetings, and heated debate marked the fifth week of the 2017 session. The Senate is quickly passing the remaining Senate bills out and receiving bills from the House for consideration. While there were some contested issues, the Senate conducted itself in a bipartisan fashion. We wasted little time this week and passed more than 40 pieces of legislation including:
    • Senate Bill 9, redistricting of judicial districts in order to better align caseloads with current census data;

  • By State Rep. Brandon Reed

    As the end of the regular session draws near, we continue work on behalf of the people of Kentucky. This week, the House passed measures to combat our state’s drug epidemic, protect innocent life, and support our firefighters and veterans.

  • Visits from advocacy groups, a ceremonial bill signing, and rallies in the Capitol Rotunda, along with the bipartisan passage of bills, marked a busy week four of the 2017 legislative session. We were excited to welcome the children of Kentucky National Guard members from across the state for the First Annual Kentucky Military Kids Day.

  • A more connected and competitive Kentucky
    The vast majority of today’s businesses and consumers utilize innovative 
    services like wireless and broadband — so why is Kentucky still forcing 
    companies to invest in outdated, nearly obsolete technologies?
    Senate Bill 10 would give telecom providers the freedom to allocate their 
    resources as they see fit. For most, this means investing in the 21st century 
    technologies that Kentuckians have come to rely on.

  • Editor’s note: The following is a statement of the Loretto Community.

  • By Doug Price

    Find a penny pick it up, all day long you’ll have good luck so the poem goes.  What if you could find hundreds of dollars? The Kentucky State Treasurer’s (KST) office may be able to help. KST administers the unclaimed property fund for the Commonwealth of Kentucky and reports that Kentuckians have almost $500 million in unclaimed property.

  • By State Rep. Brandon Reed
     
    We are now more than half way through the 2017 regular session and work continues for the people of Kentucky. This week, the House passed measures to ensure student athlete safety, help our state’s veterans, and support our first responders.

  • By Mo Miller

    We know that talent fuels our region’s economic prosperity. Businesses cannot succeed or grow without a skilled workforce. Communities cannot attract new business without an available workforce.

  • A wide array of bills were heard in committees and voted out of the Senate in a busy and fast-paced third week of the 2017 session. Because this year’s 30-day meeting of the Kentucky General Assembly is considered a “short session,” we are focusing on maximizing our time here in Frankfort. We passed nearly 20 bills this week with topics ranging from tobacco use on school property to campaign finance reform to transportation issues.

  • By State Rep. Brandon Reed

    The people’s work continues in the General Assembly as a busy third week of the regular session comes to a close. The House has taken steps to protect the brave men and women who serve our communities in uniform, educate students on opioid abuse prevention, honor our state’s veterans, and make government open and transparent to the hardworking taxpayers of Kentucky.

  • By Jim Skees

    Like many advanced manufacturers throughout the Lincoln Trail region, Tower International is dedicated to ensuring its employees have the right skills. It’s a practice that not only allows employees to grow professionally and advance their careers, but it also promotes the company’s competitiveness.

  • It’s hard to believe, but my son will be graduating from elementary school in a few short months. Like many parents, I worry about his transition from elementary to middle school. I don’t worry about his academic progress. I know he’ll continue to excel. His father and I somehow hit the jackpot with Owen. We never have to nag him to do his homework or study for tests. He has excelled in every subject, although his handwriting could use some work. (Who am I kidding? I have zero room to talk in that department).

  • This is in response to last week’s letter to the editor: