•  The Kentucky Standard


    March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, and one of the themes this year is “Don’t assume.”

    There is a long list included with the Colorectal Cancer Alliance’s campaign, but they essentially break down to this: Don’t assume it couldn’t happen to you.

  •  Cracking down on illegally passing school buses when they are stopped could improve local student safety, and there are methods for doing so.

    It’s a problem nationwide, and throughout Kentucky. And it’s only a matter of time before a child gets seriously hurt.

    Passing a school bus when it is stopped is illegal, and it needs to end.

  •  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.

  •  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. 

  •  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.

  •  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.


    Perception plays a huge role in our daily lives. It’s the ultimate way of understanding or interpreting something. Usually, our perception is based on what we see and what we hear.

  •  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. 

  • As we approach the latter days of the 2019 Regular Session, the Capitol remains as busy as ever. Countless visitors from across Kentucky advocated important issues in a week that had no shortage of legislative activity.

  •  I joined my fellow members of the House in passing several good, meaningful pieces of legislation this past week, all aimed at improving the quality of life for all Kentuckians. This was our last full week of this legislative session, with only eight legislative days left in the 2019 Regular Session.

  •  We are halfway through the 2019 Regular Session, and the Senate is eager to continue making progress in these final weeks.

    The General Assembly did not convene on Monday in observation of Presidents Day. Before resuming legislative business on Tuesday, Feb. 19, both the House and the Senate reconvened at the historic Old State Capitol in downtown Frankfort.

  • Corrections

    In the Feb. 6 edition, Janyla Sallee was incorrectly identified as Kyhia Hughes in a photo for the Black Heritage Celebration.

    In last week’s edition, in the fiscal court briefs, the Animal Shelter Committee report should have stated there were 86 animals from Washington County in the last six months of 2018.

    In a feature story about Tom and Carol Morgeson in last week’s bridal section, it should have stated that Carol immigrated from South Korea to Maryland.

  •  Strengthening Kentucky families was a recurring theme last week, as there has been a great deal of bipartisan legislative activity putting families and children first.

  • The General Assembly hit the ground running this week as it began the continuation of the 2019 Regular Session. The Senate Majority is excited to move forward with its legislative priorities and pass laws that benefit the Commonwealth.

  •  There’s never been a better time to consider a career in the healthcare field. This diverse and growing field offers long-term stability, high earning potential and the personal satisfaction that comes with making a real difference in people’s lives. Time and again, people with even the slightest inclination to care for others — whether it’s at the bedside or in a behind-the-scenes role — find the perfect career fit in healthcare. 

  • Charles Mills asked The Lebanon Enterprise to print a correction regarding a statement he made in last week’s story about his crematorium. The story should have stated that local funeral homes use a crematorium in Louisville.

  •  We are all still thawing out after last week’s polar vortex, which hit the U.S. with brutally frigid temperatures that led to canceled flights, closed schools and dangerous conditions. Many states hit new all-time cold records last week, including -33 in Aurora, Illinois.


    But, let us all be thankful that last week’s polar vortex didn’t include ice.

  • Getting involved in farming in Kentucky seemed to me a natural option, after retiring from extensive traveling on the other side of the globe. 

    I didn’t hesitate and soon I was dividing a growing “black angus” herd into fall and spring calving, selecting great bulls, ear-tagging, banding bull calves, selecting good looking heifers and saving calves in tough winters. That’s how I learned to milk by hand and that beef cattle kick real hard! 

  •  Confession: I didn’t do very well on the ACT exam when I was a Marion County High School student.

    In fact, I scored so low on the math portion of the exam that I was almost forced to take a remedial math course in college, which I wouldn’t have received credit for completing. But, being the stubborn “I know I can do it” person that I am, I elected to take a college freshman-level math course. I passed with an above average grade, and received college credit for completing the course.

    The point I’m trying to make is two-fold:

  • Politicians are always looking for something popular to support. And, most of them do want to make a positive difference in the lives of their constituents, especially children.

    So in a day and age where it seems increasingly difficult to find common ground, there is something lawmakers in Frankfort could do that would be supported by possibly three out of four Kentuckians.

    They could vote to tax e-cigarettes.