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Guest Columns

  • Rand provides review of the week in General Assembly

    Democracy in action is often a crowded affair, as the waiting rooms and hallways of the Capitol and Capitol Annex overflowed this week with large groups of Kentuckians traveling to Frankfort to make their voices heard on key issues important to their cause.
    Librarians, social workers, physician assistants, county magistrates, steel workers, and representatives from United Way and the American Cancer Society were among those individuals who scheduled appointments with each of us to advocate on behalf of their local organizations.

  • Enrollment decline impacts school budget

     “The one unchangeable certainty is that nothing is certain and unchangeable.”
    ----John F. Kennedy

    Dear Readers,

  • More than 300 bills before legislature

    The second part of the 2017 Regular Session of the General Assembly began this past week as the Kentucky House of Representatives and Senate reconvened in Frankfort.  While not many bills were voted upon, there was a flurry of activity going on as the process started.

  • Bevin’s tax plan may target middle class, lower income

    I joined my fellow lawmakers back in Frankfort this week as we reconvened the 2017 session of the Kentucky General Assembly after a near month-long break following our brief, but rushed, organizational session in early January.

  • Nation must find a way past the current political divide

    By Chip Hutcheson
    The Times Leader
    It seems as though the political divide in this country worsens with each passing day. So much that it makes you weary of watching the evening TV news. You become prone to skip over posts on social media which, quite often, are irresponsible, to say the least.
    Count me among the multitude in the “fed up with it all” category.

  • Constable bill deserves close look

    The State Journal

    A northern Kentucky lawmaker’s bill to give counties the option of eliminating the job of constable — and cities the option to strip constables of their police powers — merits close consideration.

    The bill by Rep. Adam Koenig, R-Erlanger, would let voters decide whether to amend the state constitution, which in 1850 created a law enforcement job that has long outlived its usefulness. If the referendum passed, the fiscal court in each county would decide whether to continue electing constables.

  • Top 10 facts about education in Ky.

    Since we became a state in 1792, Kentucky has been committed to education. It is that commitment that led to key education decisions in the Civil Rights movement, the passage of the landmark 1990 Kentucky Education Reform Act (KERA) and the 19-year-old Kentucky Postsecondary Education Improvement Act.

  • Perspective is one lesson we should teach through sports

    The Kentucky Standard
    Within the sports world, we often see many layers of day-to-day society played out within the lines. Sports is often great at highlighting the best values we have to offer, such as sportsmanship, camaraderie, teamwork and the joy of competition. But there’s always another side to the coin. Those intense emotions of the games can bring out the worst in us, as well.

  • Faith and politics

    By Michael Jinkins
    President of Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary
    Back in November, I pulled down from the shelf some favorite books by William Stringfellow and started going through them again. I found I had underlined virtually all of the sentences in one of these books. The book, The Politics of Spirituality, was published by Westminster Press in 1984. And I can open it to almost any page and see my underlining and marginalia.

  • State making investments in agriculture

    With the Kentucky General Assembly set to reconvene in regular session on Tuesday, February 7th, work continues in Frankfort on an important committee that meets monthly to consider investments in the health and agricultural wealth of the Commonwealth.