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Opinion

  • Where was State Rep. Brandon Reed?

    There was a great crowd in Bradfordsville on May 1 for the candidates forum, standing room only.

    All the candidates were present except two, Stephanie Compton, who had a family emergency and sent her regrets. Where was State Rep. Brandon Reed? No one saw or heard a word from him, although he was invited.

  • We have a great deal to be proud of in the Lincoln Trail Region. Our economy is strong. Our communities are regularly recognized on the national stage for any number of things – tops in start-ups, among the safest, a great place to do business, an ideal spot to retire, and much more. 

  • One of the most important functions of my job as your state representative is to fight for funding for key road and bridge projects in our communities.

  • We hear so much bad news at times that it crowds out the good. We begin to think there are no honorable people going out of their way to make our communities a better place to live in and to be proud of. You would be wrong to feel that way. There are good people and organizations still out there. One such group is called the Marion County Veterans Honor Guard.

    Today I want to tell you about these honorable men and women.

  • I always know spring is here and summer is coming because suddenly everyone starts panicking about being “summer body” ready. Suddenly everyone wants to shed a couple pounds and tone up for the summer. Me, too. Sometimes, I find myself comparing my body to other women before I even realize what is happening, and when I finally realize it, I feel pretty lousy. 

  • While many in Frankfort and the media focused on a select few issues this session, there were many other successes of the General Assembly in 2018.

    I was proud to support initiatives that truly put some of the most vulnerable members of our society first, including children, law enforcement, and the unborn.

  • The Lebanon Enterprise recently published the TriCounty United Way allocations for 2018 for Central Kentucky Community Action Council, Inc. These funds are generated through voluntary payroll deductions from the employees of local businesses.

  • It should come as no surprise that I’m not a fan of closed meetings. I dislike them for several reasons.

    1.) I have to patiently sit and wait for the closed session to be over, and I’m usually hungry. That’s a dangerous combination.

  • Nothing makes me more excited for people than when I see them going after their dreams. I am so lucky that my line of work gives me the opportunity to see every day people reaching out for what they want and either getting a hold of it, or are coming pretty close to finally getting there. I’ve met a lot of people lately that truly inspire me by the determination they have, enough that it often brings tears to my eyes. 

  • The law banning the military type gun should include any gun invented in the future that is near the fire power or exceeds the fire power of the military type guns now in use. 

  • By State Representative Brandon Reed
     
    This past week, the legislature overrode the governor’s vetoes of a pro-education budget and comprehensive tax reform. I was proud of these measures, which placed a high priority on providing record funding to our pension systems, increasing per-pupil education funding, and allowing working Kentuckians to keep more of their take-home pay.

  • After House concurrence of a compromise two-year spending plan, we have sent the Governor a budget that fully funds Kentucky’s pension systems, boosts education funding, and prioritizes public safety. We also modernized Kentucky’s outdated, uncompetitive tax code for the first time in years, broadening the base while lowering the income tax for all working Kentuckians to 5 percent.

  • Kentucky’s legislature has never exactly been a beacon of model behavior. I can recall Operation Boptrot, when more than a dozen state legislators were convicted of accepting bribes.

    I don’t suspect that anyone in the 2018 General Assembly will be convicted of criminal activity, which in a way makes what they’ve done legally even more shameful.

  • If you’re a job seeker, one of the most valuable benefits of a career fair is the rare opportunity to speak directly to employers who are hiring. It’s a chance to make an impression, and in some cases get an on-the-spot interview. Career fairs are also a way for you to learn information about a company that might not be in its job postings or on its website.

  • People have differing views on matters concerning our school system in Marion County and I respect different opinions on these issues.