Today's Opinions

  • Distillers pour money into Kentucky bourbon

     I was beaming with pride when representatives of the Kentucky Distillers’ Association recently appeared before the Interim Joint Committee on Licensing, Occupations and Administrative Regulations. As they talked about the state of their industry, I couldn’t resist pointing out that I represent a district where half of the world’s bourbon is being stored.

  • Adoption Awareness Month

     Each year since 1976, November has been nationally recognized as Adoption Awareness Month. Many families in Kentucky have already grown their families through adoption, however, Kentucky currently has many more children in foster care who need and deserve a “forever family” to call their own.

  • 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.

  • Money “well” spent

     Recently, I read that our school board, with one exception, voted to spend $10,000 of your money to attend a national school board conference. I’ve also heard that students at Marion County Middle are sharing science textbooks.  

    I know that our school board needs all the training they can get! However, a trip to a national conference is unlikely to bring them up to speed in my opinion – pretty expensive “training.” 

  • Sharing responsibility for young drivers
  • 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. 


     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.