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Columns

  • Senate Majority agenda to address concerns of citizens

    The Senate Majority gathered on Dec. 9-10 to discuss the upcoming session and lay out legislative priorities.  The session will only be a 30-day one; we have only a brief time so we have to make the most of it and respond to the issues we heard from voters in the fall.

  • Constituent comments, services are key to serving Fourth District

    As your representative in Congress, it is my job to represent your voice in Washington and support legislative initiatives that will strengthen our community.  In addition to this work, there are many other ways that I can help Fourth District residents with issues related to the federal government.

  • Holidays bring back many memories

    “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, everywhere you go.”

  • A word of praise for our firefighters

    One of the TV shows I watch regularly is CBS Sunday morning. This week’s program featured a tribute to volunteer firemen and women.  I’d like to add my own praise for these most vital members of our community.
    Several years ago, I think around 2000, I answered a knock at my front door on the Sunday afternoon before Thanksgiving to see a fireman standing there. “Mrs. Boyd, you might want to move your car.  The warehouse is on fire,” he said.

  • Wraps make great use of Thanksgiving leftovers

    Happy Thanksgiving everyone. I am sure you are in the midst of preparing your holiday meal, but it is also the time to take a minute and reflect on the important things in life. I am so thankful for my five perfect grandchildren, three wonderful children, a fantastic daughter-in-law, delightful daughter-in-law to be and a very special son-in-law to be. However, the most important person I am so very thankful for is my husband. He is my rock.

    So enjoy your wonderful day, indulge in the sights, smells and food,  and be as happy as you can. It is a wonderful day.

  • It’s great to reconnect with friends

    I think it’s good to reconnect.  For many years I had pretty much lost contact with friends from high school which was sad since we had been a very tight knit group of gals. Some of us were majorettes; some played in the band; some were cheerleaders.  Others, like me (who had failed miserably at playing the French horn) were just in the stands for every ball game and at Dog n Suds afterwards, packed into whatever family automobile available that night. Then we scattered and it was many years before we began to get together.

  • Economy is showing improvement

    It’s still early, but Kentucky’s economy is starting to show some solid signs of recovery.

    Late last month, for example, the state’s Education and Workforce Development Cabinet reported that September’s unemployment rates were down in 95 of our 120 counties when compared to September 2009.

    The Cabinet for Economic Development, meanwhile, says that, from the start of the year through September, dozens of companies across the Commonwealth had announced more than $1.13 billion in expansions that are projected to generate 6,600 jobs.

  • Thursday is a time to honor veterans

    Nov. 11 is Veterans Day.  On this day every year, we should all take time to recognize the service of the more than 300,000 veterans who call Kentucky home.  These men and women have put their lives on the line to defend our nation.

    As a former Army officer and 11-year veteran, I am committed to supporting and advocating for the well-deserved benefits of our service members, veterans and their families and will continue to fight for all who wear or have worn the uniform.

    Jobs for veterans

  • On Nov. 11, state honors veterans who fought for nation’s freedom

    Of all the holidays the nation celebrates each year, only one calls on us to pay close attention to the clock: Veterans Day.