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Columns

  • Victories for Kentucky families

    This Republican Congress is making important strides on issues that have a direct impact on Kentucky. We’ve listened to you and the concerns you’ve raised. As your senior Senator, I am proud of these accomplishments, and we’re just getting started.

  • Slow mail costs money

    By Matthew Paxton IV

    Publisher of The News-Gazette, Lexington, VA and President of the National Newspaper Association

    Most people get mail every day, Monday through Saturday. But what happens when the mail comes later than we expect?

    We found out a few years ago, when the Postmaster General had to take away overnight First-Class and Periodicals mail from most of the nation. That caused a problem for a lot of consumers and businesses. Now, we may be facing a new slowdown, if something isn’t done by Congress very soon.

  • Salary increases, more jobs in state

    Kentucky incomes are on the rise, as is the number of many Kentucky jobs, according to a report on Fiscal Year 2017’s fourth-quarter state revenues from the Office of State Budget Director.

  • Parents: Every day counts in your child’s education

    As I write this, about an hour and a half ago I dropped my son off for his first day of fifth grade. Where has the time gone and what happened to summer? It is kind of bittersweet because while I hate to see my son growing up, I do look forward to a daily routine and some sense of normalcy in our house. I also know how important it is that he gets back into the swing of things and grasps the opportunity to learn more and be with his friends.

  • Students visiting the library after school must obey the rules

    School starts next week. Social media will be flooded with first day of school pictures, and parents are split on whether the first day of school is an unofficial holiday they look forward to or a day they dread, maybe as much as their children.

    I think the first day of school creates a little buzz around our community. Things look just a little bit different: more traffic in the morning, fewer bikes riding around town, an empty County Pool, days start getting shorter and evenings begin to fill up with football, soccer, volleyball and homework. The library is no different.

  • JCTC celebrates opening of new Carrollton campus

    Along the Ohio River, good news rarely comes in the form of waters rising to the edge of its banks or beyond. But, to tweak a figurative phrase, rising waters do lift all boats. We are celebrating the rising of the waters of knowledge and opportunity that will lift the economic success of our region.

  • Kentucky animal cruelty laws need to be reviewed

    The Winchester Sun

    A recent animal cruelty case in Clark County raises concerns once again about the need for strengthened animal cruelty laws in the Commonwealth.

    According to court records, SOAR representative Tracy Miller said the organization received a complaint in May about a dog, which was swollen and chained to a shed.

    A Facebook post from the rescue describes in detail the living situation of this dog, named Spanky.

  • Don’t treat open meetings law like garbage

    The Courier-Journal

    Lesson 1: No secret meetings.

    Lesson 2: Get better legal advice.

    The new Louisville solid waste board had to cancel its first meeting because it violated the Kentucky Open Meetings law when it failed to publicly announce the meeting in advance as required.

    The cancellation came after the Courier-Journal started asking questions about the meeting of the Louisville/Jefferson County Solid Waste Management District planned for Wednesday evening.

  • New law passed to fight hunger problem

    It is said that Kentucky is a poor state and, for many areas of the state, that is true. But poverty is not something peculiar to Kentucky. Neither is hunger.

  • Arney: Did you forget? Consistency is the key

    The weekends are nearly always when I hear people complain the most in terms of being structured. This isn’t because they don’t have the time; it’s just because naturally for most people the weekend has less structure to it - therefore you’re not “forced” to eat at specific times around work, etc. Did you forget to eat all your meals over the weekend? What about your supplements?

    The point of this article is to give you a reality check on where progress could be stalling for you.