• 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.

  • New Lincoln Trail Youth Academy explores today’s local careers

    The new Lincoln Trail Youth Academy is offering a summer job like no other. It’s an opportunity for young adults to explore local careers in high-demand fields, gain work experience and learn the job search and soft skills they need for long-term success. 

    Plus, they’ll earn $9 per hour for their time spent at a workplace or in a classroom. 

  • A little boy named José

    I can’t stop thinking about a 5-year-old little boy named José.

    José and his father recently fled the violence in Honduras and ventured to the United States, where they were separated at the border. José’s father was arrested and sent to a detention facility, and José was flown to a foster home in Michigan. 

  • Changing Kentucky’s tax system
  • Working with what you have
  • The Stephen Foster Story Musical is a Kentucky tradition

    I had the distinct pleasure to attend a dress rehearsal of The Stephen Foster Story in historic Bardstown on June 8. The talented cast was so entertaining and the night flew by. The musical is truly a great Kentucky story about the life and music of the talented Stephen Foster, one of America’s most influential songwriters. The show goes on even though this winter the closure of the J. Dan Talbott Amphitheatre was announced due to safety and structural concerns.