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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. 

  • General Assembly sends bills to Governor Bevin

     Members of the House finished business and walked off the floor late into the night on March 14. Since it is late in the session, the majority of the bills we considered this week were from the Senate, or House bills that were amended in the Senate with changes that had to be agreed on by the House.

    We will reconvene for the final day of session on March 28, to consider overriding any vetoes the Governor might issue and deal with any last minute business. We will then adjourn and close the books on the 2019 Regular Session.

  • The newspaper still matters

     This year marks the 17th year I’ve been working at The Lebanon Enterprise.

    And, while things have changed drastically with this newspaper during that time, there is one thing that hasn't changed.

    What we do here matters. And, we take it seriously.

    This week is Sunshine Week, which is an annual initiative to promote open government and access to public information.

    Freedom of information isn’t just a press issue. It’s a cornerstone of our democracy. 

  • Tax reform addressed by legislature last week

     The pace of activity in the Capitol is picking up as we rapidly approach the end of the 153rd Regular Session. With only a few days left to pass bills, the Kentucky General Assembly has been working in overdrive to develop the best legislative policy for the Commonwealth.

    Many big issues have been addressed in this 30-day short session. Last week was one of our busiest weeks yet as bills concerning abortion, medical marijuana, and education had Frankfort buzzing with visitors to attend rallies and committee meetings.

  • Don’t record me in my time of trouble - help me

     Have you seen that show, What Would You Do? Where they stage real-world scenarios that are uncomfortable and often times, unsettling? It’s designed to make you think and also to see how everyday strangers, regular folks, react to situations playing out before them.

    In most scenarios you never see anyone reaching into their pocket and pulling out their phone to record what is happening, you see them reacting.

    However, oftentimes, out in the real world and not for television, people start reaching for their phones at the first sign of trouble.

  • Examining financial barriers to work

     Imagine you are a supervisor at a local business. Joe, a single father of two, is one of your most successful employees and has earned a promotion that will raise his pay from $15 per hour to $20 per hour. 

  • School safety bill could soon become law

    As we approach the latter days of the 2019 Regular Session, the Capitol remains as busy as ever. Countless visitors from across Kentucky advocated important issues in a week that had no shortage of legislative activity.