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Columns

  • Rand recalls Wendell Ford’s many accomplishments as governor

    Late last week, Kentucky lost one of its true statesmen with the passing of former U.S. Senator Wendell Ford.

    Since then, there have been numerous accolades about his many accomplishments in Washington, D.C. – from helping to write and pass the Family and Medical Leave Act to promoting Kentucky’s signature coal and tobacco industries – but it is worth noting that several actions taken during his time as governor continue to benefit Kentuckians today.

  • Legislators could pass law allowing local-option sales tax to fund projects

    There may only be 30 working days in this year’s legislative session, but it already seems like there are about twice as many major issues needing to be addressed before the General Assembly wraps up its work in late March.

    Because the state operates under a two-year budget, and our constitution, therefore, requires larger majorities in the House and Senate to “open it up” in odd-numbered years, few of the bills filed have a significant financial impact.

    Even so, that does not lessen the importance of those that may become law.

  • Champions celebrates National Drug Facts Week from Jan. 25-31

    At Champions for a Drug Free Carroll County, we like to celebrate. We celebrate living a drug-free life, and we celebrate when those who need treatment and direction are able to reach out. We also like to celebrate when education and prevention reach lives of young individuals that need it most.

    Jan. 25-31, we will be celebrating “National Drug Facts Week.” This is a week of education and prevention within Carroll County Schools and is celebrated nationwide and annually.

  • Rand re-appointed House Appropriations chair

    Although legislative sessions in odd-numbered years are relatively new in Kentucky - the first was held in 2001 - the General Assembly has long met during the first full week of January in these years to elect House and Senate leaders and update committee assignments.

    While the top four leaders in both chambers remained the same last week, there were some changes in the other leadership positions; in fact, nine of the 16 House and Senate leaders are new.

  • Senate passes four bills, including heroin legislation co-sponsored by Sen. Hornback

    “Creating Kentucky jobs and strengthening Kentucky families” - this is how our caucus defined the overall goals of the Senate this session, and I’m proud to report that four of our priority bills to accomplish those objectives passed the Senate in our first week and are now on the way to the House.

  • Input vs. Output Is it really that simple?

    How do I lose weight? How do I gain weight? Why am I not losing weight when I’m eating less?

    Have you asked these questions before? You are not alone. Everyone seeks the answer. It is not in a magic pill, or special diet, or some fad on an infomercial.

  • Rural mail will suffer with more mail plant closures

    A friend of mine from South Dakota noted that the U.S. Postal Service delivered a lump of coal to many small towns last Christmas when it proceeded to eliminate overnight mail in most of the nation in 2015. That was a good description. USPS will slow delivery officially by one day for First-Class and Periodicals mail. Many members of Congress have asked it to hold off. But USPS is plowing ahead.

    It is time for lawmakers to consider how rural and small town mail is suffering.

  • Kentucky lags in health rankings

    As states look for ways to improve their quality of life, the first thing they usually do is see how well they stack up with the rest of the country.

  • Ways to get lean, mean for 2015

    It is the goal of the Health Matters column to expand the knowledge of the readers of The News-Democrat: To give you, the readers, more real, relevant, current knowledge to further enhance your health, both mentally and physically.

    Summer bodies are made in the winter months. With summer around the corner and resolutions kicking in this month, that bathing suit isn’t going to wear itself. It is time to get serious about shedding that excess baggage.

  • Polls show the economy is improving, Kentucky unemployment rates lower

    Although there is no doubt that we still have a long way to go to recover fully from the national recession that began seven years ago, there have been some encouraging signs in recent days.

    Early last week, for example, the U.S. Commerce Department reported that the economy grew by five percent between July and September, the fastest quarterly uptick in a decade.