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Guest Columns

  • Proposal would change formula for local road funding

    It was just a few weeks ago that we learned the 2017 legislative agenda for our cities in Kentucky from the Kentucky League of Cities. At the top of the list? A proposed change in how local road aid is distributed between rural and urban areas.

  • Trimble statistics from the Kids Count County Data Book

    Dear Readers,
    I would like to share information with you from the 2016 Kentucky Kids Count County Data Book. This is a project of Kentucky youth Advocates and the University of Louisville Kentucky State Data Center. Each county has been scored and given a child well-being ranking for comparison with other counties. These scores were assigned based upon how they scored on 16 key indicators, 4 each under 4 domains listed below:
    l Economic Security
    l Education
    l Health
    l Family and Community

  • Rand assessment: ‘So much harm in so little time’

    I fought hard during this first week of the 2017 session of the Kentucky General Assembly to protect the interests of Kentucky’s working families against a rising tide of wealthy corporate interests, but in the end, our best efforts were blocked by the new ruling majority in the Kentucky House of Representatives.

  • General Assembly’s 2017 Regular Session underway

    This week, the General Assembly returns to the Capitol to begin the 2017 Regular Session. Although the House and Senate are as old as Kentucky, this is only the ninth odd-year legislative session since our current state constitution was adopted in the late 1800s.
    We actually were one of the last states to have its legislature meet annually. Now, there are just four that have not made the switch: Montana, Nevada, North Dakota and Texas.

  • Christmas Greetings

    As the days got shorter and colder in this season between Thanksgiving and Christmas, I found myself reflecting on how truly blessed we are to live in the United States of America. As we approach the Christmas holiday, I am grateful for the opportunity and freedom we have to celebrate the birth of a Savior and the reminder to spread peace, joy, love and goodwill toward those around us.

  • Kentucky paves the way for new technologies to help small business

    It is certainly no exaggeration to say that small businesses form the backbone of our state’s economy. That’s why it is so important that our elected leaders in Frankfort do everything possible to help these small businesses thrive in a 21st century environment.
    Small businesses are a key driver of Kentucky’s economy, and the numbers tell the story. The Commonwealth is home to more than 341,000 small businesses that employ nearly 700,000 people throughout the state.

  • Interim committees focus on legislative goals between sessions

    When it comes to the legislative process, most of the public’s attention is understandably focused on the first several months of the year, when the General Assembly is in session and new laws are adopted.

  • School Report Card District Summary

    Dear readers,
    Below is the School Report Card District Summary for Trimble County. This report reflects results from the 2015-2016 State Assessment results.

  • Ky. KIDS COUNT reports show improvement in children’s health

    For more than a quarter-century now, Kentucky Youth Advocates has taken an in-depth look at the well being of the commonwealth’s children, giving us a valuable year-to-year comparison in such critical areas as health, education and economic security.

  • Holiday entertainment abounds in Kentucky

    With only about two-and-a-half weeks left before Christmas, time is drawing short for those looking for the perfect gift or a holiday event to attend.
    Fortunately, there is help available, beginning with the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet and the Kentucky Arts Council. The websites for both (Kentuckytourism.com and artscouncil.ky.gov) have collected long lists of available businesses and attractions that are doing their part to make the season special.