Today's Opinions

  • Consider volunteering with the health department, Champions

    Going into the new year, was your New Year’s Resolution to get more involved in your community? If so start here–I can help. The two coalitions that I chair can help you jumpstart bettering your community today.

  • FIRE! Carrollton business district burns – again – in 1895

    Thursday, Sept. 5, was a typical day in downtown Carrollton. Businesses had opened; people were coming and going, greeting each other as they passed on the street. Merchants were gearing up for a busy and profitable day.

    Everything changed shortly after noon that day. The Carrollton Democrat told the tale on Sept. 6, under the headline “$60,000 Gone Up in Smoke. Our Little City Visited by a Disastrous Conflagration”:

  • Governor’s budget includes deep cuts, no tax reform

    Most days during a legislative session, it is not uncommon to see supporters in the Capitol Rotunda rallying for a variety of important causes.  Each event may be different, but they collectively serve as powerful reminders that the votes we in the House and Senate take just two floors away have a real impact on the direction Kentucky takes.

  • Budget step toward financial health

    Despite the slick roads and thick accumulation of snow across the Commonwealth, the Kentucky General Assembly returned ready to work following the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend. The general atmosphere in the Capitol was one of anticipation as citizens rallied for causes in the Rotunda and met with their legislators throughout the week. 

  • Adams remembers his brother, life in Carroll


  • Rand: Budget remains key focus of 2018 legislative session

    FRANKFORT – When it comes to setting the state’s priorities, no other legislation plays a bigger role than the state’s budget.  It funds our schools, keeps us safe, maintains our highways, strengthens our collective health and affects our lives in countless other ways.

  • Busy second week for area legislators

    The threat of extreme winter weather conditions caused us to call off session in Frankfort on Friday, but not before we passed significant bills in the Senate earlier in the week.

    We hit the ground running during the second week of the 2018 session—standing committees met to discuss and pass bills, which then went to the Senate floor for a full vote.

    The first of the bills that passed this week was Senate Bill (SB) 3, a constitutional amendment which would create a crime victims’ bill of rights, also known as “Marsy’s Law.”

  • Rand: Passing the budget will be main focus of legislative session

    The first few weeks of a legislative session may seem slow at first glance, but that doesn’t diminish the importance of these opening days.

    That’s because this is the time when legislators and the governor alike lay out their priorities, setting the stage for what we hope can be accomplished by the time we finish our work, which this year will be on April 13th.