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Columns

  • Take a moment to observe Veterans Day

     The Kentucky State Capitol boasts an impressive collection of public art and memorials.

    A large bronze statue of former President Abraham Lincoln stands in the center of the Capitol rotunda. Portraits of state Supreme Court justices line the second-floor hallways. As we prepare to observe Veterans Day, however, I want to take time to recognize a bronze plaque displayed on the outside wall of the rotunda, just inside the main entrance to the Capitol.

  • Marion County needs better drivers education courses

     I want to commend the Marion County High School staff for the work they are doing and the way they are handling the loss of six of their students this year. I think their safety initiatives and push for a conversation about driving safety and needed changes to the community’s involvement is incredible.

  • Instead of just talking about it, what if Kentucky actually pursued sustainability?

     Have you noticed how the word “sustainable” is tossed around these days? 

    Often, it’s used when people are talking about economic growth and profits. People get this unctuous look, as if by simply saying “sustainable,” they add value. Thoughts about impacts on the environment, good or bad, or possible job implications never seem to follow. 

  • GO VOTE

     I’m writing this early on Sunday morning. I had planned on sleeping in, but my mind just won’t let me do that anymore. So, I decide to take the dogs out and watch the sunrise. And, it’s a particularly gorgeous one. The sky is alive with the most beautiful shades of bright pink. The only sounds I can hear are deer snorting in the distance. 

  • All will be made right

    Exactly one year ago, I had no idea that Lebanon or Marion County existed. Exactly one year ago, I was not sure how exactly I fit into the world and where I wanted to go after graduation, and I was very overwhelmed by the unknown.

  • A career will keep them here

    If you asked a group of students what would keep them in our region after they complete their secondary education, “a good career” would top the list of responses. That’s good news, whether you’re an employer cultivating a pipeline of future employees or a parent who would like your children to find career opportunities in their hometowns.

  • Library wants to expand its genealogy collection

    On Aug. 10-11, I had the opportunity to attend and speak at the second annual Kentucky History and Genealogy Conference held at the Kentucky County Public Library in Erlanger. It was a great event, with more than 30 presenters speaking on a variety of topics. Next year, the event will be held in Harrodsburg to celebrate their 200th anniversary. The Marion County Public Library has already promised to host the event in the future, as well.

  • Don’t struggle, ask for help

    I’ve never been shy when it comes to talking about personal matters on the opinion page.

    I’ve written about my family’s history with alcohol abuse.

    I’ve written about my struggles with an eating disorder when I was in college. 

    I’ve written about experiencing postpartum depression after having my son.

    I’ve put myself out there, and I’ve never regretted it or been ashamed of it. 

  • Kentucky is trying to combat the opioid problem

     The opioid epidemic plaguing the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and much of the country, is one of the biggest challenges our society faces today. The number of fatal overdoses in the state continues to rise. According to the recently released 2017 Overdose Fatality Report from the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy, 1,565 individuals died as a result of a drug overdose, an increase of 11.5 percent from 2016.

  • Significant accomplishments of the 2018 session

    While many in Frankfort and the media focused on a select few issues this session, there were many other successes of the General Assembly in 2018.

    I was proud to support initiatives that truly put some of the most vulnerable members of our society first, including children, law enforcement, and the unborn.