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Columns

  • Technology is not always a ‘friend’
  • Search turns up a link to the past

    This week I’m going to preach the importance of going back and doing online searches for people you haven’t checked on for a while.

  • Westrick always had a smile on his face, served as an example for others

    This week, as you all know, we lost a great person in our community, Bruce Westrick.

    I didn’t know him well yet. In a small way, I was given the grace to be able to penetrate this man’s heart and value him for the great example that he was. I was always impressed with his happiness and positive outlook.

    He came to Mass at St. John on Saturdays at 4:30 p.m. He would sit on the bench at the back of the church.

  • House OKs increase in minimum wage

    Seven years after the General Assembly voted overwhelmingly to raise the state’s minimum wage, the Kentucky House of Representatives returned to the issue on Thursday when it passed legislation that follows a similar path taken by that 2007 law.

    This is an issue that is drawing a lot of attention across the country. The National Conference of State Legislatures says 23 states considered raising it in 2013, and Kentucky is one of 20 doing the same this year, with more expected in the months ahead.

  • Senate seeks to save public funds and assist agriculture

    February opened with snow and ice across most of Kentucky. I hope you and yours are safe. As crews are out working all hours of the night, and utility workers restoring power to the many areas that lost it, I am reminded of, and appreciate, the people that are out working in these tough and hazardous conditions.

    Despite the tough conditions in travel, the Senate continued working with a full week of committee hearings and bills that came to the Senate floor for vote.

  • Communications bill wins Senate OK

    This week in Frankfort, the Senate passed key pieces of legislation that help our students and school districts, provide economic development and access to better communications, and give law enforcement time-saving investigation procedures.

    I am happy to report my Senate Bill 99 passed on Thursday. The bill enables rural citizens to have access to communications infrastructure for better wireless and broadband service.

  • House approves measures to improve education, raise the minimum wage

    With more than half of state government’s revenue dedicated to education, it shouldn’t be a surprise that many of the bills considered by the General Assembly every year are also centered on the subject.

    That was certainly the case last week in the Kentucky House of Represent-atives, which sent to the Senate several pieces of legislation designed to improve different facets of our schools.

  • Senators hear governor’s budget plan, eye bills on elections, abortion

    After observing Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, the Legislature went back to work.

    Tuesday was a significant day as Senate President Pro Tem Katie Stine became the first female legislator to preside over the joint session of the Kentucky General Assembly, during which Gov. Steve Beshear presented his proposed budget.

    During the address, Beshear presented a multi-faceted budget proposal of $20.3 billion for the next two fiscal years. The plan calls for 5 percent cuts to most state agencies, proposes a gas tax increase and borrows $1.9 billion in new debt.

  • Governor’s budget would raises teacher salaries, boost education

    Shortly after Gov. Steve Beshear first took office in late 2007, he remarked that not only did he find the cupboard bare, it was actually gone.

    It hasn’t gotten any easier since then.  Cumulative budget cuts over the last six years have reached $1.6 billion, the state government workforce has shrunk to its smallest size in 40 years and the list of needs continues to grow faster than the revenue coming in.

  • “Firefighter Greg” returns to Kathryn Winn Feb. 4

    On behalf of all the members of the Carrollton Fire Department, I am ecstatic to announce that for the second straight year we will be partnering with Carroll County Schools to bring our Fire Prevention Program back into the classroom. Building upon the success of last year, our firefighters are eager to begin working with the students and staff.