Guest Columns

  • Senate’s short week ‘significant’

    Although week three of the General Assembly was short due to the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday and the inclement weather Friday, the Kentucky Senate passed significant bills and welcomed visitors who braved the snow in Frankfort.
    On Tuesday we passed two of our priority bills: Senate Bill (SB) 4 and SB 10. SB 4 would require those seeking an abortion to have a face-to-face, in-person counseling session with a physician 24 hours prior to the procedure. This effort to promote the rights of the unborn passed with bipartisan support.

  • Several bills move forward despite short work week

    With the General Assembly off on Monday for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday and on Friday because of the snow, last week was an especially short one for legislators.
    A reduced schedule didn’t keep the House from moving several bills forward, however.
    On Wednesday, for example, the chamber’s Judiciary Committee put its support behind House Bill 229, which would give the Attorney General’s office jurisdiction to pursue and prosecute human trafficking cases. 

  • Prayer week or prayer weak

    As I write this, I’m sitting in the sanctuary of my church.
    It’s early on a Monday morning, the first day of our prayer week.
    We did this last year, opened the church to anyone who wanted to come and pray. Last year I went every day and prayed fervent, specific prayers, prayed with all my heart, soul, mind and strength.
    As far as I can tell, not one of my prayers was answered the way I had hoped. The situation I had prayed about has changed, but not the way I had imagined and hoped it would.

  • Congress faces deadline to fund government

    Will December 11th mark another déjà vu moment for Congress?  This looming deadline is the day by which Congress must once again fund the federal government for the upcoming fiscal year.

  • General Assembly’s interim period winding down

    With Thanksgiving behind us and Christmas and New Year’s Eve fast approaching, the General Assembly is winding down what it calls the interim and is preparing for the 2016 legislative session, which will start on Jan. 5th and last for 60 working days.
    Although it is impossible to predict what ultimately will become law, we are getting a clearer idea of the major topics that will be debated.

  • Embracing change

    Dear readers,
    I want to continue last week’s theme on change by completing the list of reasons why people resist change. This is an important theme for us as we move forward to improve our schools as improvement is “change” for the better. Last week I listed two reasons that people resist change which were loss of control, and excess uncertainty. This week I wish to complete the list. The remaining reasons people resist change are:

  • Thanksgiving is a time for families to gather, give thanks


    This week, our family and friends will gather around the dinner table as they have for generations to celebrate a holiday that is nearing its 400th anniversary.

    As even some of our youngest students can tell us, what is widely considered to be America’s first Thanksgiving took place in 1621, when the Pilgrims and a tribe of Native Americans came together for a three-day feast to give thanks for a successful harvest.

  • Readers encouraged to take part in school survey

    Dear Readers,
    Before I began the three part series on bullying I had spent some time discussing the mission and vision of Trimble County Public Schools. In that article was a link to a survey and this week I would like to share some of the results from the survey and continue to talk about assessing the school community.
    Survey Results:
    469 percent of the respondents know the Mission and vision statement
    463.6 percent of the respondents believe that their child’s teachers believe and practice the vision.

  • Give thanks for rural health

    By John Crabtree
    Center for Rural Affairs
    Thursday, November 19th is National Rural Health Day. On the Thursday before Thanksgiving each year, rural Americans give thanks for our health and the doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other providers that help keep us that way. In truth, most rural and small town Americans are thankful for our health, healthcare providers and the hospitals, clinics and other businesses where they work most other days as well.

  • All days give praise

    Sometimes when we’ve had a good day at our house, as we crawl into bed I’ll say to my husband, “Nobody cried and nobody threw hard-boiled eggs.”
    The “nobody cried” is self-explanatory. The “nobody threw hard-boiled eggs” refers to the time I became so frustrated and enraged that I took a plastic container filled with a dozen hard-boiled eggs that I had just finished peeling and threw them with all my might, one by one, on the entry floor.