• Tri-County United Way needs your help

     By John G. Mattingly


    For the last three years, since leaving the Marion County Judge/Executive office, I’ve been involved with the Tri-County United Way serving Marion, Nelson and Washington counties. This relatively new charitable organization has expanded its annual allocations to $200,000 to 35 different 501(c)3 organizations this 2018 grant year. These agencies serve our most vulnerable citizens - hungry children, low income senior citizens, victims of domestic violence, rehab services - the needs are great!

  • More than a building

    The word library is defined as being: a building or room containing collections of books, periodicals, and sometimes films and recorded music for people to read, borrow, or refer to. "A school library" Please note I found that definition online, via the Google search engine. Not a book. Please note that the definition of a library didn’t even include the word computer as a resource. Please note this did not refer to a “public” library. More importantly, free, public library.

  • ‘Drive slow and let them grow’

     Summer is coming to a close, and the children of Kentucky are loading up their backpacks with school supplies as another year of learning approaches. I want to wish both students and faculty good luck on what I’m certain will be a successful school year.

  • Support your library

     I hope everyone is enjoying their summer and had a good time celebrating our nation’s independence earlier this month. A recent article caught my interest in The Washington Post about leisure reading in the United States. I wanted to share it with my constituents:

    Leisure reading in the United States at an all-time low

    The share of Americans who read for pleasure on a given day has fallen by more than 30 percent since 2004, according to the American Time Use Survey from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

  • Why Fort Knox matters

     One hundred years ago this month (August of 1918) during World War I, the United States Army leased 20,000 acres of property in the area of Stithton, Kentucky, a small farming community in Hardin County. Chosen for its high ground and proximity to the railroad, the Army later acquired the land along with parts of Meade and Bullitt counties and named it Camp Knox, in honor of General Henry Knox, Chief of Artillery in the Revolutionary War and first Secretary of War.

  • Green pastures

    I don’t have a blood-related sister, but I was raised alongside the neighbor girl who is my same age and who was in almost every class with me from kindergarten to high school. Every single major milestone of my life, she’s been there. Prom, breakups, we even graduated from college on the same day and had a joint party. The only way I can possibly describe her is as my sister.

  • The legislative process can be like making sausage

    I have reviewed Judge Phillip Shepherd of the Franklin Circuit Court’s opinion that was released on June 20. I have respect for the judiciary, but I fully expect this opinion to be expedited straight to the Kentucky Supreme Court. The judge’s decision pertained to Senate Bill (SB) 151, but his ruling calls into question a number of bills passed last session. Most notable is the state budget and a bill capping the percentage of payments due by local governments on increased pension payments.

  • Playing games or developing addictions?

    “Video games are the modern-day version of playing catch.”

    I read that quote recently, and while I hate to admit it, I know it’s true.

    I have a soon-to-be 12-year-old son. ‘Nough said, right?

  • Remembering Andrew Cecil

    Recently, I reflected on memories of a great young man, Andrew Cecil. He attended University of Louisville and majored in political science. He was a hardworking and dedicated “A” student. He never complained even though he was fighting cancer at the same time he was attending UofL. He was taking the last class he needed to graduate but could not finish due to his declining health. He withdrew from the class and a short time later he lost his battle with cancer. He died in October of 2011 at age 25.

  • God Bless America

    Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness are the values on which our great nation was founded. Written in the Declaration of Independence, these words ring true for all Americans and have held fast for more than two centuries. Ratified on July 4, 1776, the Declaration has long been held in the hearts of the American people as a source of hope and inspiration to protect the freedoms we hold so dear.