Today's Opinions

  • Cummings offered anti-drug message for local community

    Last week I was privileged to attend the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America Leadership Forum in National Harbor, Md., a suburb of Washington D.C. The conference was a culmination of the three week National Coalition Academy that we attended in 2011 in Meridian, Miss. 

    During the conference there were many sessions, speakers and even dignitaries yet one stood out in my mind more than any. Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings spoke at the luncheon Thursday afternoon. The story that he shared is one that you can draw great insight from.

  • Outpouring provides food for animals


    A few months ago I had the pleasure of waiting on some of the ladies that work for Carroll County Animal Support. I enjoyed talking to them about all the hard work they were doing to help the animals. Their work included helping with the rescue of the animals from Henry County.

    I decided to start collecting donations for the dogs that were rescued. Immediately I received an outpouring of donations from the employees of Down On Main Street and also some of my guests who came in for dinner.

  • Residents earn awards at Special Olympics


    Carroll County Special Olympics competed in two statewide events in the past two months with the following results:

    • Bowling, Dec. 3, 2011, State Tournament in Louisville, singles competition: Zach Lynn, first (gold medal); Amanda Hearn, fourth place; Thomas Granger, fourth place; Rhonda Burns, first (gold medal); Mary Pyles, third place (bronze medal); Melissa Cooper, third (bronze medal); David Gregory, fifth place; and Robbie Andrews, fourth place.

  • Jars in stores raise funds for Kosair Children’s Hospital


    In April 2011, I noticed an odd looking rash all over my three-year-old son Wyatt’s body. He also had a lot of bruising. So, the next morning, his father and I took him to the doctor. The doctor knew that something was wrong right away, so she took some blood from him. The results came back that he had a platelets count of 1,000 (A normal count is anywhere from 150,000 to 400,000).

  • Wild pigs, chemicals used in schools, child obesity among bills before House

    While no one can predict exactly what will pass in a regular legislative session, one constant can always be counted on: Diversity. Last week was a textbook example of that in action in the Kentucky House, with legislation ranging from wild pigs to alternative energy projects.

  • Show support for the clean energy bill


    The Clean Energy Opportunity Act (HB167) is currently being considered by the Kentucky House of Representatives during the General Assembly. This bill encourages greater energy efficiency, conservation and use of all energy resources in order to gain energy independence and encourage economic growth. It also will enable Kentucky to be a leader in renewable energy alternatives to stabilize energy costs and create jobs for our commonwealth.

  • Senate approves education bills, prepares to work on Ky. budget

    We are now a quarter way through session. Bills are flowing through the committee process and arriving on the Senate floor for consideration before the entire chamber.

     Three bills won passage this week and will now head to the House of Represent-atives. Senate Bill 55 allows for interstate mutual aid agreements among first-responders and other emergency response personnel. That is to say, that if an emergency occurs near local or state borders, emergency personnel can respond regardless of their home base.

  • Lawmakers tackle range of legislation in House

    With January behind us, the General Assembly is finding the quick pace that defined the legislative session’s opening days is now settling into a more measured routine.

    The first few weeks, of course, were dominated by two main actions: Gov. Steve Beshear’s speeches on the state of the Commonwealth and his budget proposal; and redistricting, which the House and Senate undertake each decade to reflect population changes in their districts and those of the Kentucky Supreme Court and our congressional delegation.