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Guest Columns

  • Massie: Don’t tax Social Security benefits

    On May 19th, I re-introduced the Senior Citizens Tax Elimination Act (H.R. 2552). This bill would assist our struggling middle class by eliminating an unnecessary and unjust double-tax on seniors.

  • Honor our patriots this Memorial Day

    Patriotism is a virtue that makes our country great. That is why we set aside specific days on our calendar to honor fallen soldiers, remember our military veterans, and celebrate American history.
    One of those days is Memorial Day, which we celebrate this upcoming weekend.

  • School finances outlined

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  • 3 tips for staying on the same financial page with your spouse

    By DAN CARTER
    Plenty of things can kill the romance in a relationship.
    But traditionally, money and all the complications that come with it sit near the top of the list.
    “I’ve worked with hundreds of married clients and have seen a lot of spending habits over the years, both good and bad,” says Dan Carter, an Investment Advisor Representative for Safeguard Investment Advisory Group (www.safeguardinvestment.com).

  • New legislation protects rights of first responders

    When a police officer, sheriff deputy, firefighter or emergency medical services worker dies in the line of duty, the entire community -- indeed, the entire state of Kentucky -- comes together to mourn the loss.

  • Making peace with God

    By MICHAEL JINKINS
    I wonder in this moment how many stars are slipping into oblivion. How many are being born.
    The turn, turn, turning of the universe goes on all around us all the time, and among and within us too. To everything there is a season in this ceaseless sea of changes, waves rising from the ocean only to fall back again.
    My thoughts have turned increasingly toward wisdom literature over the past year, as losses and griefs have accumulated.

  • McConnell reflects on recent state visits

    As a Senator, my job requires that I spend many hours in Washington, but Kentucky is my home and I make it a priority to be in the state when the Senate is not in session.  Over the last two weeks, the Senate was not in session so I decided to again travel throughout the Commonwealth as I often do.  Not only is this a great way to engage with Kentuckians from every corner of the state, but it’s also a great way to ensure I can continue my work most effectively as Kentucky’s voice in the Senate.  

  • Tobacco settlement money to assist hemp processor

    The landmark 1998 Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement has brought hundreds of millions of dollars to the Commonwealth over the past two decades. I keep up with how that money is spent—in agriculture, health care and early childhood education, as appropriated—and thought you’d enjoy an update, too.
    I was particularly interested to learn that a Kentucky-based company looking to process the fiber of around 750 acres of hemp and the jute-like plant kenaf has been approved for $381,500 in state tobacco funds to expand its processing facility.

  • This is your life

    By MICHAEL JINKINS
    Special to The Trimble Banner
    I suppose you’d have to be at least as old as I am to remember the television program, “This is Your Life,” in which a person was presented with several surprise guests, people from the person’s past who had been important in their lives, often decades earlier. For some reason the phrase “this is your life” came back to me recently as I was sitting in the lobby of a hotel in Atlanta waiting for the final session of the conference I was attending.

  • Growing population growing older in Kentucky

    The U.S. population is growing faster than a blade of bluegrass in spring. But a larger population will not necessarily mean a younger population, for either our country or the Bluegrass State.
    The less-than-robust birth rate nationally and here in Kentucky over the past decade means that the largest population growth -- at least over the next few decades -- will be among the baby boomers (those born between 1946 and 1964), which means most population growth will be among older and the oldest Americans, demographers say.