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Opinion

  •  We are in the heart of high school graduation season so I wanted to congratulate the graduates from my district – and the whole of Kentucky.

    The graduates will undoubtedly be bombarded with advice. I’m not going to presume to know what’s best for individual graduates, but I will direct them to some data-driven analysis. Data they need so they can make some fact-based choices as they move toward a future that looks bright, particularly in this region. The facts speak for themselves.

  •  Since spring has arrived, and wonderful motorcycle weather is here! I'd like to put out some reminders to help make motorcycling safe. PLEASE DON'T THROW MOWED GRASS ON ROAD.

    AND... please do not go out and buy your teenager a crotch rocket (sport/racing bike) or any other kind of bike until he/she takes the Kentucky Motorcycle Rider Education Program. Without proper training, these bikes can be death machines.

  •  I have always been interested in the public, the ways I can connect and how I can help. I am genuinely excited to be hired as an intern at The Lebanon Enterprise this summer, and cannot wait to immerse myself in the community. 

  •  Gulf War memories, 

    I wrote this at the end of the Gulf War.

    This is 28 years later, but the memories are still vivid.

    We left on my son’s birthday, Feb. 10, 1991.

    Returned on my daughter’s birthday, May 17, 1991.

    Strange is it not, or is it karma.

     

    In the Desert

     

    We sit in a hot tent all day long

    Understanding why the caged bird sings his song

    Sometimes we read or simply lie in the sun

  •  Rocky Adkins is a former school teacher who grew up in rural Kentucky. The son of a school teacher, he learned the value of education and hard work growing up on the farm. As a Democratic leader in the state house he has worked across the aisle to get things done for Kentucky. 

  •  We hear the word poverty a lot. The most common measure of poverty in the United States is the "poverty threshold" set by the U.S. government. For a family of four, it’s currently $25,750, annually.

    Think about that — just a little more than $2,100 a month in gross earnings to feed, clothe and house four people. For 17.2 percent of all Kentuckians, that is a reality. The chart shows the 2017 poverty rates for the counties in the Lincoln Trail Region.

  •  It was an honor to serve you and the 14th Senate District in Frankfort during the 2019 Regular Session. I was honored to visit with so many constituents about legislation throughout our 30-day session.

    The Kentucky General Assembly passed almost 200 bills, making the 153rd Regular Session one of the busiest to date. Education, safety, pro-life measures, Second Amendment rights, business, and good government were among the high profile issues addressed.

  •  The first time I saw the yellow “Special Tax Stamp” in the bottom drawer of my grandfather’s desk, I was 14 years old. Issued by the United States Internal Revenue and dated 1944, for the price of $1 the owner could become a “Producer of Marihuana.” Much to my surprise, the assigned address was R.3 Springfield, Kentucky – a farm between Springfield and Lebanon. Could this possibly be the same marijuana the 1960s news was reporting?

  •  I’m proud of my ex-husband.

    Did that get your attention?

    I bet it did.

    But, it’s actually true.

    I’m am proud of my ex-husband, Eric Daugherty, for quitting smoking.

    He smoked his last cigarette on March 1. (Read more about his experience, so far, on page A4).

    And, I must confess, I didn’t think he would do it. 

  •  For nearly seven years, I worked with Rocky Adkins almost daily during the annual legislative sessions. I know Rocky to be honest and decent. Integrity matters to Rocky. He will not bully or intimidate others. He will not talk down to other people and he will listen to ideas from all. He will work with everyone to get things done, not just with those who agree with him. He is a regular person, just like you and me.

  •  This week, I opened up Facebook, ready to scroll through Easter photos and Earth Day festivities. Instead, I was greeted with something troubling that, frankly, fired me up.

    Several articles from news outlets, detailing and documenting for the world to see, Britney Spears coming and going from a mental health facility.

    Here’s what I know: Britney voluntarily checked herself into a mental health facility last month, and there are several speculations as to why she is struggling, etc. 

  •  The 2019 session of the Kentucky General Assembly has concluded, with monumental accomplishments for school safety, the pro-life movement, and many other policy areas. Agriculture was likewise near the top of the list, as we took action to empower young farmers and level the playing field for our cattlemen in an age of newer, emerging technology.

  •  We have lived it here in the Bluegrass. The pioneers first raised corn as the cash crop, tobacco is king, Hereford and angus, soybeans are the future, no till corn and fish farming all emerged to meet a market. The 20th century farms had numerous plants and animals to make ends meet, maintaining a special way of life. If anything, Kentucky farmers have had to be creative, adaptive and even become risk takers.

  •  Do you all (y’all) remember when Detroit was basically at rock bottom? Maybe you don’t know anything about that, or maybe you don’t really know that it isn’t still sitting at rock bottom. 

  •  Help keep our mail carriers safe

    Did anyone bite you at work today?

    On average, nearly 15 mail carriers per day will say, “Yes.”

    Postal Service officials report that in 2018, 5,714 letter carriers experienced dog bites or dog attacks. With deliveries every day, including Sundays and holidays, carriers continue to experience dog bits in urban, suburban and rural settings.

    Dog attacks and bites are 100 percent preventable when dog owners remain vigilant and properly restrain their dogs.

  •  Any manufacturing executive will tell you that talent recruitment is a top driver for remaining competitive, and attracting bright young employees is certainly part of the mix. At the same time, our communities and the Lincoln Trail region collectively must find new ways to retain our region’s young talent so that we can develop the workforce our businesses need to grow. 

  •  The 2019 Regular Session has come and gone and I will be using my legislative update over the next few weeks to report on some of our session accomplishments. While we addressed many pressing matters, I think one of the most important by far was preserving the sanctity of life through pro-life legislation. I am proud to report that four pro-life bills have been signed into law by the Governor.

  • By David Ford

  • After 30 productive legislative days in Frankfort, the Kentucky General Assembly is bidding farewell to the 153rd Regular Session.