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Today's Opinions

  • ‘Carroll County at Work’ highlighted 26 locals; feature stories to continue

    Well, we made it through. Our first yearlong series of features, “Carroll County At Work,” came to a close last week. Twenty-six feature stories–from auctioneer to zoo interpreter–and everything in between! We wrote about a bus driver, a farmer, a librarian and a veterinarian, just to name a few.

    Even though I wrote most of the stories and read all of them, I still can’t rattle off the names of every job and person without sneaking a peak at my sheet. Can you?

  • House aims to broaden eligibility for criminal expungement to include class ‘D’ felonies

    An effort to help potentially tens of thousands of Kentuckians truly put their past behind them cleared a key legislative milestone on Friday when the Kentucky House voted to broaden eligibility for criminal expungement.

    Similar measures have passed the chamber numerous times, but there is hope that this year’s legislation will be successful, given the increased bipartisan support it has received.

  • Senate bills include legislation that will decrease costs on large school projects

    Floor votes, committee hearings and spirited debate highlighted an action-packed second week of session in the Kentucky Senate. We welcomed guests from all across the Commonwealth to speak on behalf of bills.

    On Thursday we were visited by hundreds of young and energetic faces celebrating Children’s Advocacy Day, sponsored by Kentucky Youth Advocates. The group hosted a rally in the Capitol Rotunda where several Senate majority members were recognized for their efforts in standing up for Kentucky’s children.

  • A healthy lifestyle improves health in more ways than one

    I came across a quote a couple of weeks ago that read, “Healthy living is a life sentence, you will never be paroled or pardoned.”

    That is so true! Healthy living is a way of living. It is not something that can be measured by a number on a scale; it is the actions we take daily. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle requires persistence and dedication.

    The choice to live a healthy lifestyle can improve your health in more ways than one.  Here are some of the effects/benefits of living a healthy lifestyle:

  • 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.