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Columns

  • Nation’s and state’s population is growing and aging, Rand says

    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.

  • Marsh asks community to help reduce the child abuse in Carroll County

    As you may or may not know, April is Child Abuse Awareness Month. Unfortunately, some of us are all too aware of the issues of dependency, neglect and abuse our children face in this community all year round. Teachers see these issues daily in their classrooms. Social workers see the heartbreak constantly. We process the cases every week in our District Courts. The drug epidemic in our county, state and nation have further exacerbated the problems our children face.

  • Senator touts successes from session

    Long nights, intense debate, and media attention from across the globe wrapped up what started as a quiet final week of the 2017 Session of the Kentucky General Assembly. Minutes before the Senate gaveled out for good, Gov. Matt Bevin called this session the most productive in history.  It was truly an honor to work alongside the governor with the new House Majority to pass many great initiatives for our commonwealth.

  • Bill makes driver’s licenses qualified IDs

    It’s been good to be back among the people of the 47th House District in Carroll, Gallatin, Henry and Trimble counties since the adjournment of the 2017 session of the Kentucky General Assembly on March 30. I’ve enjoyed talking to so many of you about the many issues we faced and the final decisions that were made, some with my support and some without.

  • Congrats on a job left undone

    The State Journal

    One of the most positive developments coming from a rapid-fire end to a transformative legislative session was something that didn’t happen.

  • Believe in a trusted news source

    By Becky Barnes

    The Cynthiana Democrat

    What is your No. 1 news source?

    How confident are you in that source?

    I have been in the news-providing business for over 40 years. It’s a place where writers have been drummed with “If your mother tells you she loves you, check it out.”

    That’s not something that happens on social media. Real news happens and is reported by real journalists.

  • Legislative session sees some bad bills, good ones approved

    The 2017 session of the Kentucky General Assembly is now history, and with its conclusion comes the consideration of what was accomplished, both good and bad, and how the adoption of these policies will play out for the future of the Commonwealth.

  • Make friends with good news sources

    The Advocate-Messenger

    Who do you trust? You probably trust family members and friends you’ve known a long time. And you probably trust them even if you disagree with them on many things.

    You don’t trust strangers you just met, nor should you.

    It’s not surprising, then, that people don’t trust news stories from websites they’ve never heard of before or that they don’t read regularly.

  • Technology has changed the way people interact with government leaders

    There was a time when most people connected with their elected officials over landline phones or by sending a letter through the postal service.

    Oh, how times have changed.

  • Newspaper has covered changes over 150 years

    The Civil War had ended just a couple of years earlier and the nation was still recovering from the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, a native Kentuckian.

    Residents of Carrollton were hungry for news and the chance to keep up with local happenings, as well as those across the nation.