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Columns

  • LTADD marks 50 years of strengthening communities

    We have a great deal to be proud of in the Lincoln Trail Region. Our economy is strong. Our communities are regularly recognized on the national stage for any number of things – tops in start-ups, among the safest, a great place to do business, an ideal spot to retire, and much more. 

  • Road plan update, honoring teachers and state employees

    One of the most important functions of my job as your state representative is to fight for funding for key road and bridge projects in our communities.

  • Men and women of honor

    We hear so much bad news at times that it crowds out the good. We begin to think there are no honorable people going out of their way to make our communities a better place to live in and to be proud of. You would be wrong to feel that way. There are good people and organizations still out there. One such group is called the Marion County Veterans Honor Guard.

    Today I want to tell you about these honorable men and women.

  • One size does not fit all

    I always know spring is here and summer is coming because suddenly everyone starts panicking about being “summer body” ready. Suddenly everyone wants to shed a couple pounds and tone up for the summer. Me, too. Sometimes, I find myself comparing my body to other women before I even realize what is happening, and when I finally realize it, I feel pretty lousy. 

  • Class of 2019: Possibilities abound here in Kentucky

     We are in the heart of high school graduation season so I wanted to congratulate the graduates from my district – and the whole of Kentucky.

    The graduates will undoubtedly be bombarded with advice. I’m not going to presume to know what’s best for individual graduates, but I will direct them to some data-driven analysis. Data they need so they can make some fact-based choices as they move toward a future that looks bright, particularly in this region. The facts speak for themselves.

  • Pursuing my purpose

     I have always been interested in the public, the ways I can connect and how I can help. I am genuinely excited to be hired as an intern at The Lebanon Enterprise this summer, and cannot wait to immerse myself in the community. 

  • Walk a mile in their shoes: Reflections from a poverty simulation

     We hear the word poverty a lot. The most common measure of poverty in the United States is the "poverty threshold" set by the U.S. government. For a family of four, it’s currently $25,750, annually.

    Think about that — just a little more than $2,100 a month in gross earnings to feed, clothe and house four people. For 17.2 percent of all Kentuckians, that is a reality. The chart shows the 2017 poverty rates for the counties in the Lincoln Trail Region.

  • Legislature votes for more transparency and defends the constitutional rights of Kentuckians

     It was an honor to serve you and the 14th Senate District in Frankfort during the 2019 Regular Session. I was honored to visit with so many constituents about legislation throughout our 30-day session.

    The Kentucky General Assembly passed almost 200 bills, making the 153rd Regular Session one of the busiest to date. Education, safety, pro-life measures, Second Amendment rights, business, and good government were among the high profile issues addressed.

  • Springfield Kentucky hemp – Really?

     The first time I saw the yellow “Special Tax Stamp” in the bottom drawer of my grandfather’s desk, I was 14 years old. Issued by the United States Internal Revenue and dated 1944, for the price of $1 the owner could become a “Producer of Marihuana.” Much to my surprise, the assigned address was R.3 Springfield, Kentucky – a farm between Springfield and Lebanon. Could this possibly be the same marijuana the 1960s news was reporting?

  • Stuff to celebrate

     I’m proud of my ex-husband.

    Did that get your attention?

    I bet it did.

    But, it’s actually true.

    I’m am proud of my ex-husband, Eric Daugherty, for quitting smoking.

    He smoked his last cigarette on March 1. (Read more about his experience, so far, on page A4).

    And, I must confess, I didn’t think he would do it.