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Opinion

  • By G.B. Dixon

    Good news. Wintertime warmth is not in short supply this week. Set a blazing fire at home, yawn, and watch it sizzle by the hour, or get out to see the lovable, high-octane performances given by the Brett family, as they make their only Kentucky stop of a world tour.

  • Snow.
    So. Much. Snow.
    We’re not complaining (other areas of the country, such as Boston, have had it much worse). But, we’ve had our fill. At least most of us have.
    We would be remiss if we didn’t recognize and show our appreciation for the people in this community who have worked countless hours to make life as normal as possible with 12 to 14 inches of snow.

  • No part of Kentucky was spared the record-breaking snow fall and temperatures this week. Schools, businesses and many government agencies had to close, as did the General Assembly due to the hazardous weather. When such weather emergencies occur, and so many counties and even the governor declare states of emergency, ensuring safety and helping those in trouble due to the extreme conditions take priority. I hope you and your family have remained safe and secure throughout the winter storms.

  • Like most of the state, the Kentucky House of Representatives saw its schedule put on ice last week because of the snow and plunging temperatures.
    While the damage and outages did not cause the same level of devastation that Kentucky experienced in 2009, there has been one constant between now and then: The tireless work of our road crews, first responders, hospital and utility workers and those who have kept our local businesses open. I know many pitched in as well to donate food and clothing for those in need and to check on their neighbors and friends.

  •  As most of you know, House Bill 145, which prohibits indoor smoking in public buildings and workspaces, passed in the House of Representatives this past week. Thank you State Representative Terry Mills for supporting this extremely important piece of legislation for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. It is very satisfying to see a representative of the people working to create a safer atmosphere for the health and well-being of all people.

  • By G.B. Dixon

    Guest columnist 

  •  With an eye on the dwindling days left in this year’s legislative session, the Kentucky House moved virtually all of its top priorities a step forward last week and should have most sent to the Senate by early this week.

  • By G. B. Dixon

    A plume of smoke, a desperate plea, two hearts in love, it's Marion County by the Arabian Sea. The to do this weekend in Lebanon is "Disney's Aladdin, Jr." staged by Kentucky Classic Theatre at Centre Square. There, one of the more familiar narratives in all of literature comes to life three more nights.  

  • Send bombs and bullets, not bodies

  • If the end of a legislative session is about what laws the General Assembly can pass, the beginning is about what the House and Senate hope will be on that list. It’s not a small number this year, with about a dozen major topics expected to be considered by both chambers and many others also vying for passage. Making that process difficult is the fact that there are only 30 working days and the first four were dedicated last month to electing leadership and establishing committees for the next two years.

  • By Carter Dyson

    When automotive supplier Metalsa expanded its workforce last year, company representatives called on Kentucky Career Center – Lincoln Trail in Elizabethtown to find the skilled employees they needed.

  • By Kate Kirzinger, Guest Columnist

  • On Saturday morning, the Marion County Farm Bureau hosted its annual legislative breakfast. This has become a tradition on the last Saturday in January, and it’s one that more people should attend.
    Here’s a few thoughts after eating one (or two) too many doughnuts.
    • Obviously, this is an opportunity for local Farm Bureau members to share their concerns with our state legislators, and for the legislators to share their thoughts on the General Assembly.

  • By G.B. Dixon

    Arts columnist

  • After a three-week adjournment, the 2015 General Assembly convenes this week on Feb. 3 and will go through March 24 if all goes as planned. During the adjournment, I have had a great time visiting many of our schools and teaching about our legislative process and government. Last week, I joined the other members of the Kentucky Public Pension Oversight Board and heard reports from the Kentucky Retirement System and Kentucky Teacher Retirement System representatives on investment performance.

  • The argument for enacting an indoor smoke-free law in Kentucky is simple: Everyone has the right to breathe smoke-free air.
    I would hope even smokers would agree.

  • Smoke-Free Kentucky is making another push for a law to prohibit smoking in indoor workplaces, including restaurants and bars. This time, I should hope the legislation will pass and Governor Steve Beshear will sign it.
    By now, we’ve heard the arguments against the law - tobacco is a legal product, businesses should be allowed to decide if they will or won't allow smoking. We also understand why people who rely on tobacco to make a living might be concerned about this kind of law.

  • Late last week, Kentucky lost one of its true statesmen with the passing of former U.S. Senator Wendell Ford.
    Since then, there have been numerous accolades about his many accomplishments in Washington, D.C. – from helping to write and pass the Family and Medical Leave Act to promoting Kentucky’s signature coal and tobacco industries – but it is worth noting that several actions taken during his time as governor continue to benefit Kentuckians today.

  • Greetings from Frankfort. After a busy and very productive first week of the session, we are in adjournment until Feb. 3. Yet, we still have much work to do. The last date for new bills is Feb. 13, and that means that we are working to see what legislation needs priority and how to move forward efficiently. I have been traveling to Frankfort and meeting with the other leaders to prepare.