Today's Opinions

  • Kentucky’s economy strong, but more work needed on workforce development

    Kentucky’s economy is booming.

    By every measureable standard, both the Commonwealth and our nation’s economy are growing at a fast rate, adding jobs and pumping new investments into rural communities. Our unemployment rate is at a 43-year low, businesses are expanding at record levels, and Kentucky saw an average of 5.7 percent growth in wages in the first quarter of 2018, the fourth highest in the nation.

  • Tri-County United Way needs your help

     By John G. Mattingly


    For the last three years, since leaving the Marion County Judge/Executive office, I’ve been involved with the Tri-County United Way serving Marion, Nelson and Washington counties. This relatively new charitable organization has expanded its annual allocations to $200,000 to 35 different 501(c)3 organizations this 2018 grant year. These agencies serve our most vulnerable citizens - hungry children, low income senior citizens, victims of domestic violence, rehab services - the needs are great!

  • More than a building

    The word library is defined as being: a building or room containing collections of books, periodicals, and sometimes films and recorded music for people to read, borrow, or refer to. "A school library" Please note I found that definition online, via the Google search engine. Not a book. Please note that the definition of a library didn’t even include the word computer as a resource. Please note this did not refer to a “public” library. More importantly, free, public library.

  • ‘Drive slow and let them grow’

     Summer is coming to a close, and the children of Kentucky are loading up their backpacks with school supplies as another year of learning approaches. I want to wish both students and faculty good luck on what I’m certain will be a successful school year.

  • Please support Honor Flight

    The American Legion Post No. 49 in Lebanon is sponsoring an Honor Flight. This flight provides free travel for World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War veterans to Washington D.C. to visit the memorials established for them.

    The Honor Flight is free to the veterans but this wish cannot be fulfilled without contributions from outside sources. The donations will only be used for the benefit of the veterans.

  • Crum creates artwork for cancer center

     Crum creates artwork for cancer center

    Mimi Crum is a woman who has survived breast cancer twice. When she decided that it would be fun to walk in the Kentucky Oaks Parade in recognition of the battles fought by women like herself in May 2018, her many admirers voted her “in” on her first try. She had a great time in spite of weather and wardrobe “malfunctions.” This is the kind of person who finds good in places where others might struggle.

  • Support your library

     I hope everyone is enjoying their summer and had a good time celebrating our nation’s independence earlier this month. A recent article caught my interest in The Washington Post about leisure reading in the United States. I wanted to share it with my constituents:

    Leisure reading in the United States at an all-time low

    The share of Americans who read for pleasure on a given day has fallen by more than 30 percent since 2004, according to the American Time Use Survey from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

  • Why Fort Knox matters

     One hundred years ago this month (August of 1918) during World War I, the United States Army leased 20,000 acres of property in the area of Stithton, Kentucky, a small farming community in Hardin County. Chosen for its high ground and proximity to the railroad, the Army later acquired the land along with parts of Meade and Bullitt counties and named it Camp Knox, in honor of General Henry Knox, Chief of Artillery in the Revolutionary War and first Secretary of War.