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Columns

  • Cheese, bacon, sausage, eggs staples for Keeton

    Wow, where did the winter go? It seems like just yesterday snow was everywhere, and we were all sick of winter coats! Now it’s in the 60’s and 70’s and our world is greening up right before our eyes. That being said, it’s supposed to be in the 40’s for the highs in the next few days so maybe I’m jumping the gun a tad bit. I do know that the sun is shining, and the birds are singing and, frankly, that’s enough for me.

  • Get fit with friends: Discover the benefits of group exercise

    Group exercise is beneficial in many ways. Working out in a group provides support, accountability and structure. We, as typical humans, tend to not want to let a friend or a group of people we associate with down by not showing up or performing to the best of our ability. I personally feel that you are more likely to complete a well-rounded exercise routine and want to perform a potentially more difficult workout. Working out in a group can be just plain fun as well.

  • Health bills among those passed by Senate

    The 2015 Legislative Session of the Kentucky General Assembly adjourned near midnight on Wednesday, March 11, signaling the close of a complex and issue-laden short session. Thursday marked the beginning of the governor’s 10-day veto period during which he will review the bills passed by both House and Senate for his approval or veto.

  • Heroin bill is the top unresolved issue

    When it comes to illegal drug use, few states have been hit as hard as Kentucky over the last 15 years.   We have lost thousands of loved ones during that time to a rising tide of meth, synthetic drugs, prescription drug abuse and heroin, and tens of thousands more have seen their lives ruined.

    The General Assembly has responded by passing a series of laws, many of them hailed as national models, that have had real, lasting success against these epidemics.

  • Eighth, tenth graders meet with community members to discuss potential career paths

    Carroll County students are getting a glimpse of their futures this week. All eighth and tenth graders are participating in a joint initiative between the Kentucky Department of Education and the Department of Workforce Development, known as Operation Preparation. Two major goals of Operation Preparation are to engage the community and to provide students with the opportunity to hear about the importance of college and/or career planning from an unbiased adult – someone other than a parent or teacher.

  • HB 8 would expand protective orders

    While another round of record snow and cold kept the House and Senate from being able to meet for two days last week, both chambers nonetheless finished work on several notable bills and are poised to pass even more in the three days we meet this week.

    Although it has a couple of hurdles still to clear as of this writing, one of the legislative session’s most far-reaching initiatives appears destined to become law.

  • Telecommunications bill first to pass

    After a successful beginning to the week in the Senate, extreme weather conditions on Wednesday evening into Thursday prevented us from holding session on Thursday and Friday. The LRC offices were closed on Thursday, but were re-opened on Friday, so we held a caucus meeting to discuss some remaining issues facing the final days of the 2015 Session.

  • Massie urges Congress not to pass bill similar to last year’s Innovation Act

    At the recent Northern Kentucky Regional First LEGO League Robotics tournament, I marveled at the imagination and creativity displayed by so many young people.  In these students, I see the spirit of ingenuity and a culture of invention that have been critical to our nation’s economic success for over two centuries. I was reminded of the competitions I participated in as a young inventor, and of the American spirit of innovation that inspired me to obtain 29 patents.

  • Senate, House work to find some common ground on heroin legislation

    As we approach the final days of the 2015 Legislative Session, we have been working diligently to complete our consideration of Senate bills while also vetting legislation that has been passed by the House. We will begin considering several additional House bills next week and, on Monday, the Senate plans to pass the first bill to receive the approval of both legislative chambers.

  • Absence of choices in politics denies citizens a better quality of life

    What if.

    There is nothing quite as important as spending a few moments of our personal time asking the very basic question, “What if?”