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Today's Opinions

  • Pension reform efforts unclear at this point

    As we approach the end of session, we continue to await Senate revisions to our House budget, which fully funds pensions and restores cuts proposed to public education. I expect us to receive the Senate’s proposed two-year budget very soon.

  • Cigarette tax is good health policy, especially for Kentucky babies and youth

    More than 23,000 more Kentucky youth who become smoke-free adults. Nearly 1,200 healthier newborns every year. One billion in long-term health care cost savings.

    Isn’t that worth a dollar more?

    Health advocates are calling for a $1 per pack increase in Kentucky’s state tax on cigarettes because it will reduce tobacco use, particularly among youth and pregnant women. Less smoking means healthier babies and youth and a significant reduction in the health care costs paid by taxpayers.

  • Kentuckian to speak at U.N. Conference

    Kentuckian anti-fracking activist Chris Schimmoeller will speak before the United Nation’s 62nd Conference on the Status of Women and Girls as part of two panels on the anti-fracking movement. Schimmoeller was invited to speak by Beth Blissman, Loretto at the UN’s non-governmental representative. The conference will take place March 12-23 in New York City. 

  • Instant reactions

    Recently, I was on Facebook and I saw a post that a) really unsettled me and b) really got me thinking. This has been something on my mind a lot lately, and has begun to shape the way I police what I post, or if I even post at all on social media.

    Instant reactions, something we all seek, whether we like it or not. I want them, you want them, the person pumping gas next to you wants them. It’s unavoidable in this day and age, and if you don’t believe me, allow me to change your mind.

  • Women understand leadership better

    If you asked business leaders about the most important leadership skill, no doubt you would receive as many answers as the number of leaders you asked. Some might say it is setting rules and insisting they be kept. That’s authoritative leadership. Others might say it’s learning to build an influential model where your employees feel respected and are subsequently more committed to the job at hand.

  • Gun laws, keeping our children safe

    People that are mentally ill do not become mentally ill over night. Mental illness happens over time. Some people are angry, some are frustrated, some want revenge, some feel everyone is against them, some are suicidal. A person with mental illness is all the above. The military type gun is the biggest ingredient in a person with mental illness thinking his only way out is to kill a lot of people.

  • Senate Bill 5 will derail our fight on opioid abuse

    Here’s a statistic that can give you nightmares: Emergency departments in Kentucky saw a 266 percent increase in heroin overdoses between 2013-16, according to data from the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy.

    The opioid epidemic is destroying families and being felt in real ways in workplaces, emergency rooms and, all too often, funeral homes. 

  • Reasonable gun control

    "Solutions to problems are simple, when viewed from their ludicrous extremes" ... when the Constitution was crafted the only long guns were single shot muzzle loaders ... it took an expert 30 seconds to reload ... and by the seventh round, the barrel would likely tighten and it wouldn't be possible to shoot another round. THAT is the weapon that our forefathers envisioned when drafting the Second amendment in 1791.