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Columns

  • Pro-life bills pass easily through legislature

     The 2019 Regular Session has come and gone and I will be using my legislative update over the next few weeks to report on some of our session accomplishments. While we addressed many pressing matters, I think one of the most important by far was preserving the sanctity of life through pro-life legislation. I am proud to report that four pro-life bills have been signed into law by the Governor.

  • Nurture success, don’t close it down

    By David Ford

  • Work in Frankfort continues

    After 30 productive legislative days in Frankfort, the Kentucky General Assembly is bidding farewell to the 153rd Regular Session.

  • The socialist label is propaganda

     By Kris O’Daniel

     

    On the surface it’s a contradiction that the U.S. super power reacts with fear of an illusion: Portrayal of the Scandinavian model as socialism.  

    Getting facts correct is not important to the creators of scare-tactics. Creating fear is.

    Fear has become a popular tool used to influence the many under-exposed communities throughout the U.S. But worse, it highlights the disconnect in the U.S. and weakens democracy.

  • Hall of Fame

     My dad, the late Steve Lowery, was inducted into the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame on Monday. 

    I was given the opportunity to make some comments about my dad at the induction ceremony in Lexington, and I’d like to share those comments with you. But, before I do, let me give you a brief history about my dad. 

  • 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.