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Today's Opinions

  • I don't want to hear about your love of guns

    I am not going to tell you about the need for gun control. I am going to tell you how much campaign cash the following Republican senators have received from the NRA:

    John McCain, Arizona: $7,740,521

    Richard Burr, North Carolina: $6,986,620

    Roy Blount, Missouri: $4,551,146

    Thom Tillis, North Carolina: $4,418,012

    Cory Gardner, Colorado: $3,879,064

  • We need to learn how to compromise
  • Kentucky House makes education a priority in its budget

    By the first day of March, the House of Representatives had adopted a budget. While this is a historic first during my time in the General Assembly, it is not the only one we saw in the past week.

  • Our nation needs to address root causes of youth violence

    What are the root causes of adolescent suicide, drug abuse, violence, school shootings, bullying, depression, teen pregnancy and risky sexual behaviors?  

    We frequently approach these problems as separate and distinct, occupying their own silo. The truth is they often have their origin from the same basket of maladies with related initiating factors.

  • Senior hunger in the golden years

    Sometimes the golden years of retirement aren’t so golden. Visions of a stable post-work life are soon forgotten, only to be replaced by declining health, disabilities, and a fixed income. Dreams of traveling to new places are replaced by frequent trips to doctor’s appointments. Adventure is found in the form of stretching a limited budget until the next monthly check arrives. The decision whether to eat or pay for medicine or utilities becomes a daily dilemma for many over the age of 60. 

  • ‘That kid’

    “Be kind.”

    Those are the last two words I say to my son when I drop him off at school in the mornings.

    After I’ve asked him for the third time if he finished his homework and if he remembered to put on deodorant, I tell him to have a good day, that I love him and to “be kind.”

    It’s the No. 1 expectation I have for him. 

    He doesn’t have to be the smartest student.

  • Kentucky legislator: No regrets about my call for gun regulation after Parkland shooting

    When State Rep. Chris Harris decided last week to back some gun regulations following the school shootings in Benton, Kentucky, and Parkland, Florida, he expected some feedback. 

    But, wow. 

    In the days since I wrote about the longtime NRA supporter who signed onto a bill that would seek to keep guns used in violent crimes from going back on the streets, Harris has been inundated. 

    Some of the responses good. Some of them bad. 

  • Stop school shootings with your vote

    You had a son or daughter who served a tour of duty in the military. He came home after their tour safe from any harm. Your school-aged child did not survive his school years. He was shot and killed in the sixth grade. This is what we’re seeing today.

    The only way these types of killings will be stopped is by gun laws. The manufacturing of military type guns needs to be outlawed. All of these types of guns in the hands of persons other than law enforcement need to, by law, be turned in.