.....Advertisement.....
.....Advertisement.....

Opinion

  • 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:

  • By State Rep. Brandon Reed

    The General Assembly returned to Frankfort this week after a brief organizational break, and the week has been filled with legislative meetings as well as the daily session. Most importantly, when we returned we heard from Governor Matt Bevin as he delivered the State of the Commonwealth to a joint session of the House and Senate.

  • Strong, confident women build each other up instead of tear each other down.

  • By Martin Cothran
    Senior policy analyst
    The Family Foundation

    A number of state legislatures have seen the introduction of proposed laws that would restrict bathroom use in schools according to the student’s biological gender. Kentucky is one of them.

  • Trump listens to us

  • “Find a new place to live.”
    I was disgusted when I read that phrase on social media Sunday afternoon.
    I was even more disgusted by the fact that it was one of my friends who used it.
    The person was referring to the immigrants who are now, thanks to our new president, being banned from entering the United States. Approximately 500,000 of them are legal permanent residents of this country who might be banned from re-entering the country if they left, or if they’re currently abroad.
    “Find a new place to live.”

  • By State Rep. Brandon Reed

    As the General Assembly takes an organizational break from the 2017 regular session, we continue to focus on the issues Kentuckians elected us to address. The first week was historic for many reasons. Republicans took control of the Kentucky House of Representatives for the first time since 1921, we saw a Republican Speaker of the House gavel in for the first time in nearly 100 years, and we passed several bills during the first week keeping good on our promise to bring each of us a better Kentucky.

  • By Daniel Carney

    To remain globally competitive, advanced manufacturers need a pipeline of workers prepared to fill highly technical positions. Throughout the Lincoln Trail region, employers, educators and workforce and economic development professionals are working together to develop that pipeline.
    The Kentucky Federation for Advanced Manufacturing (KY FAME), Lincoln Trail Chapter, is one important way our region is addressing the technical skills gap and creating opportunities for both students and manufacturers.

  • We all love to win.
    Winning contests, games… the lottery… winning is just fun.
    But, I’ve found that watching others win can be even more rewarding.
    Friday evening during the Kentucky Press Association’s Excellence in Kentucky Newspapers Awards Banquet in Louisville, I watched Enterprise Sports Correspondent Gerard Flanagan win his first KPA award.
    But, he didn’t just win - he won first place - in the sports column category.
    I don’t know who was happier – Gerard or me.

  • When I accepted my job at The Lebanon Enterprise, I had no intention of leaving anytime soon. Emily and I were going to settle here. We were going to make a life here. We were going to ingrain ourselves within the community. Then, the unexpected happened.
    The word “unexpected” is an uncomfortable one for a lot of people. Naturally, we are creatures of habit. We like to get up about the same time each morning. We like our coffee a certain way. We have our routines, and to break from them is often a cause for some distress.

  • Higdon helps make Kentucky ‘open for business’
    The Kentucky Chamber applauds Senate Majority Whip Jimmy Higdon on his leadership to make right-to-work legislation a reality during the first week of the 2017 General Assembly, ensuring Kentucky is a state where businesses want to locate.  

  • By State Rep. Brandon Reed
     
    For the first time since 1921, Republicans took control of the Kentucky House of Representatives, making our first week back to Frankfort a historic one. We have been hard at work doing exactly what the voters of Kentucky sent us to Frankfort to accomplish. The result of this was an extremely productive first week of the 2017 session, in which priority bills to improve the economy, protect life, and make government more accountable passed through the General Assembly.

  • Words, when strung together carefully and creatively, can touch a person’s soul.
    At least, that’s been my experience.

  • When you’re a kid, you have this vision of what being an adult is like. Anyone older than 20 looks ancient. Anyone older than 40 has to be a grandparent. Then, when you actually become an adult, you start to wonder if you missed the switch somehow.
    At what point did I stop being a kid and start being an adult?

  • I'm writing to express my disappointment with Senator Higdon's support of the Right to Work bill. I'm in complete agreement with Vincent Ballard's letter of Jan. 11, but I can't say I'm surprised by Sen. Higdon's action. After all, that is what Republicans do, putting party politics ahead of the interests of the middle class. Kentucky will now join the likes of Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, Arkansas and Louisiana in a race to the bottom thanks to our governor, senate and congress.
    Ed Heckel

  • By Carole Logsdon

    Have you heard the news? The Lincoln Trail Region is getting a new multiplex. You will no longer have to travel to larger metropolitan areas to catch a show in a modern, state of the art theater. It will create jobs and is certainly economic development activity, but in addition to that, this theater will enhance our region’s quality of place.