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Opinion

  • Life-saving, landmark legislation was achieved by the Kentucky General Assembly during the final hours of the 2015 short session. Senate Bill 192, a comprehensive approach to address the scourge of heroin addiction in Kentucky, reached final passage after countless hours of bipartisan work throughout this session. In fact, this is the third year that the Senate has led the charge on heroin legislation. The bill was signed into law Wednesday morning, March 25, by Gov. Beshear, and is now in effect due to an emergency clause.

  • Making a difference in a child’s life
    St. Baldrick’s is a great cause and charity for children’s cancer research. A Family Off-Hair held our third annual music/food fest Saturday, March 21. We had an awesome time and raised more than $5,000.
    There are four points I want to cover in this letter. The first is we serve a mighty God that blessed us with a great turnout despite the other events that were going on the same night. He showed me that He is in control.

  • On the national level, a variety of news stories are always competing for attention, so you may have missed what I consider some particularly good news.
    In March, the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) voted to change its official definition of marriage. As a result of that vote, that church body now defines marriage as a "commitment between two people." (See story here: http://goo.gl/c6df3J.)

  • In one way, the bills filed each legislative session are not much different from the teams taking part in the NCAA basketball tournaments. Some advance, while others find out that this is not their year.
    There is one key difference in the General Assembly’s version of March Madness, however: More than one “winner” is crowned.

  • By Jerisia Lamons

    Networking is the single most effective way to land a job, yet many job seekers struggle to navigate how, where and with whom to make professional connections.
    A key characteristic of a healthy network is that it is built over time. Ideally, when you’re ready to seek out your next opportunity, it will seem natural to contact former colleagues, employers, classmates and friends because you’ve preserved those relationships.

  • By G.B. Dixon

    Children's theatre is, for those who guide it, a Biblical experience akin to the likes of Job. Few beyond directors, school teachers, coaches, or Mother Teresa can appreciate its demands on the human psyche.

  • Standing on the Santa Monica Pier, proudly wearing my Los Angeles Marathon medal and holding a gigantic chocolate ice cream cone, a woman congratulated me on my accomplishment and then asked me what seemed to be a simple question: “Why did you want to run a marathon?”
    I’m rarely short for words, but I honestly wasn’t sure how to answer that question.

  • Sen. Higdon blocks hearing on SB 32

  • Editor’s note: This guest column was written prior to the last two days of the legislative session.

    Each legislative session, the public understandably focuses most of its attention on the biggest issues facing the General Assembly, which this year range from addressing a heroin epidemic to modernizing rules for the telecommunications industry.

  •  The 2015 Kentucky General Assembly adjourned near midnight on March 11, signaling the close of a complex and issue-laden short session. Thursday began the governor’s 10-day veto period during which he can review the bills passed by both houses for his approval or veto. Following his veto period, we will reconvene for the final two days, adjourning sine die on March 24. 

  •  When it comes to illegal drug use, few states have been hit as hard as Kentucky over the last 15 years. We have lost thousands of loved ones during that time to a rising tide of meth, synthetic drugs, prescription drug abuse and heroin, and tens of thousands more have seen their lives ruined.

  • By G.B. Dixon

    Guest columnist

  • By G.B. Dixon, Guest columnist

    To those once bound by feets of snow to days of home and heat, take heart I say for on the way, are feats of art this week. 

  • While another round of record snow and cold kept the House and Senate from being able to meet for two days last week, both chambers nonetheless finished work on several notable bills and are poised to pass even more in the three days we meet this week.

  • By Kurt H. Krug, Guest columnist

    Leadership at nearly every manufacturing facility across the United States is working the same puzzle. How will we develop the pipeline of skilled workers we need to remain globally competitive?
    As more advanced technologies are integrated into the manufacturing process, companies - including those right here in the Lincoln Trail region - are struggling to fill critical, technical positions such as engineers and maintenance technicians.

  • - Melissa Ruiz, a spokesperson for Kinder Morgon, was identified incorrectly as Michelle Ruiz in a story in the March 4 edition.

  • A distinct variety of fulfilling entertainment was February’s appeasement for wearying us with intense cold and pelting us with water in varying degrees of solid. There were plays and concerts, musicals and musicians. The past week in particular was jammed with much to do.  

  • While each legislative session is different, many of the bills the General Assembly considers every year tend to be grouped in just a handful of categories: education, health, public protection, economic development and streamlining government services.
    All of them came into play last week as the House worked through the remainder of our high-profile bills and many others that are also now ready for the Senate’s consideration.