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Columns

  • We need to learn how to compromise
  • Kentucky House makes education a priority in its budget

    By the first day of March, the House of Representatives had adopted a budget. While this is a historic first during my time in the General Assembly, it is not the only one we saw in the past week.

  • Our nation needs to address root causes of youth violence

    What are the root causes of adolescent suicide, drug abuse, violence, school shootings, bullying, depression, teen pregnancy and risky sexual behaviors?  

    We frequently approach these problems as separate and distinct, occupying their own silo. The truth is they often have their origin from the same basket of maladies with related initiating factors.

  • Senior hunger in the golden years

    Sometimes the golden years of retirement aren’t so golden. Visions of a stable post-work life are soon forgotten, only to be replaced by declining health, disabilities, and a fixed income. Dreams of traveling to new places are replaced by frequent trips to doctor’s appointments. Adventure is found in the form of stretching a limited budget until the next monthly check arrives. The decision whether to eat or pay for medicine or utilities becomes a daily dilemma for many over the age of 60. 

  • ‘That kid’

    “Be kind.”

    Those are the last two words I say to my son when I drop him off at school in the mornings.

    After I’ve asked him for the third time if he finished his homework and if he remembered to put on deodorant, I tell him to have a good day, that I love him and to “be kind.”

    It’s the No. 1 expectation I have for him. 

    He doesn’t have to be the smartest student.

  • Kentucky legislator: No regrets about my call for gun regulation after Parkland shooting

    When State Rep. Chris Harris decided last week to back some gun regulations following the school shootings in Benton, Kentucky, and Parkland, Florida, he expected some feedback. 

    But, wow. 

    In the days since I wrote about the longtime NRA supporter who signed onto a bill that would seek to keep guns used in violent crimes from going back on the streets, Harris has been inundated. 

    Some of the responses good. Some of them bad. 

  • Rapid Response team helps laid off workers

    When we think about the economic health of the Lincoln Trail region, it’s clear our eight-county area has a lot going for it. 

    We’re seeing investments from both new companies and businesses already operating in our communities. Our entrepreneurial culture has led to many successful start-ups. Employers in a wide array of industries are now hiring. And thanks to attributes such as our logistics-friendly location and business-friendly climate, our economic forecast is just as bright. 

  • Pension bill needs changes

    It has been a busy week in our state capitol. From continuing work to craft a budget, presenting bills before committees, and the release of a pension reform measure, there has been no shortage of activity.

  • Learning lessons from the 1918 flu pandemic

    By Stuart W. Sanders
     
    One afternoon in May 1918, my 12-year-old grandfather was walking home from school in Louisville when he encountered a man from his neighborhood.
    Run home fast, the man said, your father’s dead.
    With this abrupt message, my grandfather sprinted home, tears streaming down his face. His father had died from “edema of the lungs,” which was brought about by complications from influenza.

  • Preparing to preview pension plan proposal

    By State Rep. Brandon Reed
     
    Last week in Frankfort marked the halfway point of the 2018 legislative session. Kentucky is a robust state, with many incredibly good traits, and some serious issues still to tackle. Every two years in Frankfort, the legislature is charged with crafting a budget to fund important government programs like education, public safety and transportation, just to name a few.