Guest Columns

  • Senate passes two priority bills

    Heated floor speeches, huge committee hearings, and the observance of Presidents’ Day highlighted the seventh week of the 2016 Session of the Kentucky General Assembly. As we have passed the halfway point of this session, the countdown begins as we in the Senate anticipate the forthcoming 2016-2018 budget bill from the House of Representatives.
    There was no shortage of bill movement in the Senate this week as we passed two of our priority bills, Senate Bill (SB) 1 and SB 5.

  • General Assembly seeks to build on veteran causes

    Over the past 15 years, the General Assembly has re-dedicated itself to helping veterans and those men and women still serving our country.
    Some of the more high-profile laws enacted during that time include establishing a series of nursing homes and state-run cemeteries benefiting veterans and their families; excluding active-duty military pay from the state’s income tax; and making it easier for veterans to use their military training when applying for jobs in such fields as education and emergency services.

  • Sexting is child pornography

    In the recent weeks it has become apparent that some time needs to be given on the topic of appropriate use of technology, more to the point, sexting. My purpose in this article is to inform and prepare so that as a community and a school district we may become more proactive in stopping the inappropriate use of technology by the children in our community. Sexting is the most alarming way in which our youth misuse their technology. I have spent some time in other articles on social media and cyber bullying, but sexting is a growing problem not just in Trimble County, but all over.

  • Celebrities promote Save the Children

    With many guests, packed committee meetings, and energetic rallies, it was another exciting week in Frankfort. Hollywood stars, national organizations, and winter weather greeted the Kentucky General Assembly during week six of the 2016 Session.

  • State’s infrastructure, economic development focus of the House

    The General Assembly debates dozens of bills each legislative session, but most fall under several broad categories: education, health and public safety, infrastructure and economic development.
    Those last two were the chief focus of the Kentucky House’s work last week, as my colleagues and I approved legislation that would make it easier for government and the private sector to work together and that would take an in-depth look at the state’s workforce development programs.

  • Superintendent’s Corner

    Dear Readers,
    On February 3, 2016 our board of education approved Mark Ryles to serve as our Local Planning Committee (LPC) facilitator. As we move forward from this point I wish to make it clear as to who makes up the committee and how they are selected. This is taken directly from the Kentucky School Facilities Planning Manual (702 KAR 4:180).
    Section 101
    Local Planning Committee Selection
    101.2 The LPC shall be made up of a maximum of twenty (20) members and/or a minimum of ten (10) members to include:

  • Wide range of bills get Senate nod

    The fifth week of the 2016 Legislative Session in Frankfort was historic in a number of ways. Governor Matt Bevin signed his first piece of legislation, Senate Bill (SB) 4. We also said goodbye to former State Senator and civil rights activist, Georgia Davis Powers.

  • Budget discussions moving forward in General Assembly

    Just as it is often said that games are won or lost during practice, a similar principle applies as well to legislation. Before a bill can clear the House or Senate, it has to make it through a committee first.
    That groundwork is especially crucial when it comes to the budget, which Gov. Bevin proposed late last month and the House Appropriations and Revenue Committee began reviewing in-depth last week. The chamber is on track to complete this work and vote by the early days of March.

  • School district budget explained

    Dear Readers,

  • Good news about bad news

    When someone says, “I have good news and bad news,” which one do you prefer to hear first?
    Joe went to his doctor who posed that question to him.
    “Give me the good news first,” Joe said.
    “You have 24 hours to live,” the doctor told him.
    Clutching his chest, Joe said, “If that’s the good news, what’s the bad news?”
    The doctor said, “I meant to tell you yesterday.”
    Ba dump bump. (Groan.)