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Today's Opinions

  • Teachers’ retirement, expungement of class D felonies among bills to be considered in House

    If the final days of a legislative session are spent deciding what laws the General Assembly will pass, then the first few days are focused on what the House and Senate hope will be on that list.

    Setting those priorities was the main theme last week as other legislators and I returned to the Capitol and began filing legislation to kick off the 2016 Regular Session.

    In the House, we will again work toward strengthening the Kentucky Teachers’ Retirement System, which is facing a multi-billion dollar liability and needs a plan to adequately address it.

  • The war on our Second Amendment

    Many battles await Congress as we begin 2016, but few are more important than the fight to protect our right to bear arms.  Our right to self-defense is not granted by any government. Rather, it is a God-given, natural right.  In the words of George Mason, the Founding Father known as the “Father of the Bill of Rights:” “To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them.” 

  • Be courteous and respectful in 2016

    Editor:

    New Year’s Resolution. Have you ever walked into a store [and] passed a person walking with a walker or in a wheelchair? Did you take the time to hold the door open, offer a smile or encouragement?

    A couple of weeks ago my husband and I were in Wal-Mart, when a young girl in a wheelchair was being pushed by her dad, passed me and said you should smile. Boy, was she right. We should count our blessings each day and smile.

  • Hunger Busters: Ten ways to manage hunger pains

    You are making the commitment to change! You are putting together your strategic plan to stick to making the best version of you yet! You have short-term and long-term goals set with your training, nutrition and recovery to get you where you want to be. If it all works out in “real life” as it does on paper you will be on track to make your goals a reality!

    There might be just one problem: You are hungry. Better yet, you are HANGRY! So hungry, you are angry.

  • Stakes high in Medicaid redesign

    Lexington Herald Leader

    As the leader of Gov. Matt Bevin’s effort to transform Medicaid, Mark Birdwhistell will get a chance to take up where he left off in the last Republican administration.

    The Kentucky Medicaid reforms that won approval under Birdwhistell’s leadership 10 years ago emphasized prevention, wellness and controlling the over-prescribing of drugs, all of which should still be priorities.

  • Legion hosted chili cook off, toy run Nov. 7

    Editor:

    On Nov. 7, 2015, the American Legion Auxiliary 41, hosted a chili cook off and toy run for veterans and children’s Christmas. Throughout the months of November and December we received donations from members of the community. We could not have made this event possible without the support of our American Legion Post 41 and the commander Raymond Meadows, the community, and many individuals.

  • McAlister remembers Charlie Willhoite

    Editor:

  • Setting budget is lawmakers’ biggest task this session

    This week, as it has regularly done since Kentucky became the nation’s 15th state in 1792, the General Assembly returns to the Capitol to start another legislative session.

    Since it is an even-numbered year, the House and Senate will meet for 60 working days and wrap up our work by April 15th, as required by Kentucky’s constitution.