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Today's Opinions

  • Legislature moves into final month with bills OK’d, budget work ahead

    With March the last full month of this year’s legislative session, the Kentucky House and Senate are nearing the point where they will focus less on their own legislation and more on finding common ground with the other chamber.

    While the House is still finalizing several of its key bills, my fellow representatives and I have already passed a productive list for the Senate to consider.

  • Bills will aid families and help businesses to fairly compete

    As February has come to a close, we have our longest days ahead of us this March in the Capitol.

    We have now completed 37 days of the legislative session. The next 23 days will surely bring us some longer hours as tough decisions will have to be made. Hopefully the weather here in Frankfort gets a little warmer in March too.

    Gov. Steve Beshear signed Senate Bill 7 into law this week. The new law allows nurse practitioners to prescribe medication without a physician as long as they meet the requirements.

  • Jack up metabolism to increase fat burning abilities

    Often you hear people blame their weight-loss struggles on a slow metabolism, and is it truly responsible for weight problems?

    The process of metabolism is complex, involving numerous hormones and enzymes with varying functions in the body. This metabolism “network” sets the rate at which your body converts food into fuel, and this, in turn, establishes the efficiency of your body’s fat-burning engine. This makes gaining and losing weight dependent on:

    • Age. Metabolism naturally slows about 5 percent per decade after the age of 40.

  • Life is based on seedtime, just as it is with gardens

    As we see the snow going away from our landscapes, we are reminded that spring is coming. 

    After one of the coldest and greatest number of snowfalls we’ve seen in years, we are encouraged that spring is around the corner.

    Springtime means a lot of things. Changes in the weather, longer daylight hours and more activity outdoors. It also means we are going to put out our gardens, reseed our lawns, plant our crops and get ready for summer.

  • Bills on CPR, mug shots win OK

    As we near the end of February, the General Assembly has a predictably full agenda heading into what is always its busiest month of the year.

    Enacting a budget to run state government remains our biggest task. The House Appro-priations and Revenue Committee is right on schedule, however, with its seven budget review subcommittees close to finishing their modifications of Gov. Steve Beshear’s proposal. A vote by the full chamber will be held by early March.

  • Bills restore voting rights, protect those who are vulnerable

    We have passed the midpoint of the General Assembly, and the activity has continued to be energetic and fast-paced. I welcomed guests from my district and enjoyed seeing the constituents. It was also nice to see some decent weather come our way in the Capitol city.

    The Senate took up historic legislation this week in House Bill 70, which would restore voting rights certain to felons after five years removed from their sentence.

  • Fund established to put a memorial bench

    Editor:

    The community was so caring about the death of Michael Beach on Oct. 8, 2013. We are proud to have the opportunity, with Hometown Pizza’s generous approval, to place a bench in Michael Beach’s memory at the accident site as a memorial and to serve as a reminder of what could happen with careless driving.

    An account has been started at First National Bank of Carrollton by me for the Michael Beach’s Memorial Bench Fund. Any donations can be accepted by FNB.

    Willama Rena Poland and the

    family of Michael Beach

  • Author was right about technology

    Editor:

    I do not know Kathryn Gillespie, but I wish to commend her for last week’s thought-provoking article on American society’s excessive use of technology. I agree with much that she had to say.

    Having, in the past, been employed in the data processing field and also having a tendency toward “internet addiction,” I have thought much on this topic.