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Today's Opinions

  • While waiting for pension reform, don’t ignore other bills

    The State Journal

    This week, the Kentucky legislature will pass the halfway point in the 2018 session and, if you’re wondering where pension reform stands, a bill still hasn’t been introduced by the Republican majority.

  • It’s time firefighters get the respect they deserve

    Editor:

    A salute to all the volunteer firefighters.

    I would like to say a big thank you for all of your volunteer services. The fire departments of Carroll County are all volunteer men and women. They spend hours and hours training and practicing on their own personal time. These men and women have families and when that tone goes off they have to leave and go save one of you. Whether it’s a holiday or a weekend, they are always on call.

  • Cuts coming as General Assembly works to balance the state budget

    As a bill, the state budget isn’t particularly long, but it’s not a quick read, either, with blocks of text periodically broken up by rows of numbers.

  • Getting from here to there in the 1890s

    Travel is so easy now. We hop into a car, set the GPS and go. We fly to distant locations or take a bus or a train.

    How did Carrollton resident Sarah Eva Howe travel from town to town and state to state back in the 1880s, 1890s and early 1900s? Sarah wrote in her scrapbooks about trips she and her family took to Ghent, Vevay, Madison, Worthville, Cincinnati, Louisville and beyond. Those scrapbooks tell the story of travel in that era.

  • Getting from here to there in the 1890s

    Travel is so easy now. We hop into a car, set the GPS and go. We fly to distant locations or take a bus or a train.

    How did Carrollton resident Sarah Eva Howe travel from town to town and state to state back in the 1880s, 1890s and early 1900s? Sarah wrote in her scrapbooks about trips she and her family took to Ghent, Vevay, Madison, Worthville, Cincinnati, Louisville and beyond. Those scrapbooks tell the story of travel in that era.

  • Getting from here to there in the 1890s

    Travel is so easy now. We hop into a car, set the GPS and go. We fly to distant locations or take a bus or a train.

    How did Carrollton resident Sarah Eva Howe travel from town to town and state to state back in the 1880s, 1890s and early 1900s? Sarah wrote in her scrapbooks about trips she and her family took to Ghent, Vevay, Madison, Worthville, Cincinnati, Louisville and beyond. Those scrapbooks tell the story of travel in that era.

  • Senate recently passes bills addressing labor laws, domestic violence

    This week was the busiest yet in Frankfort with a number of bills moving through committees and on to the Senate and House floors for votes. We were also visited by a number of statewide advocacy groups that championed their great causes and rallied in the Capitol Rotunda. Between visiting constituents, committee meetings, and voting on the Senate floor, we continued to discuss the upcoming budget.

  • House discusses education, suicide-prevention legislation

    The one thing a legislative session guarantees is that no two days are alike.  My House colleagues and I may spend an hour or more debating a bill that could have a profound impact on education or public safety, and then pivot to discuss another important to farming.

    Since some bills move through the committee system faster than others, their arrival before the full chamber is generally not coordinated.  And yet, it is not uncommon for themes to emerge, as one did last week.