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Today's Opinions

  • Bill makes legislators’ pensions public

    Visits from advocacy groups, a ceremonial bill signing, and rallies in the Capitol Rotunda, along with the bipartisan passage of bills, marked a busy Week Four of the 2017 Legislative Session. We were excited to welcome the children of Kentucky National Guard members from across the state for the First Annual Kentucky Military Kids Day. It was an honor to host these families who have sacrificed so much to serve our state and our country.

  • Kentucky facing diabetes epidemic

    Editor:

    Kentucky is facing a diabetes epidemic. It is estimated that more than 600,000 Kentuckians have diabetes and 11 million people have prediabetes. One of the best ways to attack the diabetes epidemic is prevent it.

  • Hornback supports less ethics training

    Editor:

    Our State Senator, Paul Hornback, co-sponsored SB152 which says exactly this: Amend KRS 6.716 to reduce the ethics training time requirement for members of the General Assembly from three hours to 30 minutes and remove CLE eligibility; repeal KRS 7.101 requiring sexual and workplace harassment training for General Assembly members.

    That’s right, Sen. Hornback wants to eliminate sexual harassment training for legislators and reduce the total ethics training time to just half an hour.

  • Session produces record number of bills, some winners, some losers

    We passed the half-way point of our 30-day session this week and accrued some historic stats along the way.

    A combined total of 793 bills were filed in the House and Senate this year. That’s the second-highest amount for an odd-year regular session and just two bills shy of the 795 bills filed in 2007.

  • Kentucky Afield Radio now broadcast in Carrollton area

    The calculator must be wrong. But 2017 minus 1981 does equal the number of years I’ve been in broadcasting. Funny how 36 years seem like yesterday. For radio, there was no better place to start than where I did. And, ultimately, no better place to finish.  

  • Senate passes SB 14, strengthens penalties for trafficking heroin

    A wide array of bills were heard in committees and voted out of the Senate in a busy and fast-paced third week of the 2017 Session. Because this year’s 30-day meeting of the Kentucky General Assembly is considered a “short session,” we focus on maximizing our time here in Frankfort.

  • Legislators listen to citizens from all over the state on important issues

    Democracy in action is often a crowded affair, as the waiting rooms and hallways of the Capitol and Capitol Annex overflowed this week with large groups of Kentuckians traveling to Frankfort to make their voices heard on key issues important to their cause.

    Librarians, social workers, physician assistants, county magistrates, steel workers, and representatives from United Way and the American Cancer Society were among those individuals who scheduled appointments with each of us to advocate on behalf of their local organizations.

  • Franklin gives eight tips to keep your health healthy

    Love is in the air for February 2017. With holidays like Valentine’s Day reminding us about our heart, I’d like to take this opportunity to remind you about Heart Health Month and awareness that comes along with it.

    Heart Health month is celebrated every February and reminds us to be present in the choices we make daily to keep our hearts strong and healthy. According to The American Heart Association, “Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. Every year, 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease.”