en Trimble statistics from the Kids Count County Data Book <img src="" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="146" height="85" /><p> Dear Readers,<br /> 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:<br /> l Economic Security<br /> l Education<br /> l Health<br /> l Family and Community<br /> Kentucky Chamber applauds leadership for Right to Work legislation <p> Editor:<br /> The Kentucky Chamber applauds Governor Bevin, Senate President Stivers and Speaker Hoover on their leadership to make right to work legislation a reality during the first week of the 2017 General Assembly and thanks all legislators who voted to ensure Kentucky is a state where business wants to locate.<br /> Rand assessment: ‘So much harm in so little time’ <p> I fought hard during this first week of the 2017 session of the Kentucky General Assembly to protect the interests of Kentucky&rsquo;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.<br /> Electoral College worked as the Founding Fathers intended <p> By Jim Paxton<br /> The Paducah Sun<br /> The Electoral College system performed just as the Founders intended in the 2016 presidential election.<br /> The institution has taken a lot of criticism in recent years. It has been referred to as archaic, particularly after elections in which the successful candidate won both the electoral and popular votes.<br /> This year was different. Disappointed Hillary Clinton voters raised a hue and cry about the fact that she lost the presidency in the Electoral College despite receiving more of the popular vote than Donald Trump did.<br /> General Assembly’s 2017 Regular Session underway <p> This week, the General Assembly returns to the Capitol to begin the 2017 Regular Session.&nbsp;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.<br /> 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.<br /> Christmas Greetings <p> 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.<br /> Kentucky paves the way for new technologies to help small business <p> It is certainly no exaggeration to say that small businesses form the backbone of our state&rsquo;s economy. That&rsquo;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.<br /> Small businesses are a key driver of Kentucky&rsquo;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.<br /> Interim committees focus on legislative goals between sessions <p> When it comes to the legislative process, most of the public&rsquo;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.<br />