Today's Opinions

  • Five more ways to get lean in 2015

    Now that the chocolate candy coma of Valentines day is over lets show ourselves some new found love and take a look at the second half of the 10 to do’s to get lean in 2015.

    No. 6: Use visual cues

    First and foremost, to lose and keep fat off for the long term you must change not just what you are eating, but also the behavioral patterns. Changing the environment around you can help tremendously by altering your visual cues that tell you eat when your stomach isn’t growling.

  • House moves its top priorities on to the Senate

    With an eye on the dwindling days left in this year’s legislative session, the Kentucky House moved virtually all of its top priorities a step forward last week and should have most sent to the Senate by early this week.

  • Senate sends House retirement, school safety and patient rights bills

    Friends, colleagues, constituents and various interest groups flooded the hallways of the Capitol, making for a busy third week of the 2015 legislative session. It was great to see so many people weighing in on important issues in Frankfort.

  • Thanks to Franklin for hard work


    I’m writing this letter to show my appreciation for the people who are helping lead me to a new life in Carrollton. I live in Carrollton, and my name is Randy Taylor. I’m 34 years old. I’m a greatly recovering addict. I just wanted to take a few minutes of your time to thank Hayley Franklin and Champions for a Drug Free Carroll County coalition. Thank you for allowing me to come in and speak about my history of drug abuse and how my life has been turned around. Thank you for helping me move forward with my life.

  • Congratulations to community for meeting $4 million goal for JCTC campus

    Carroll County and the region pulled together and raised more than $4.1 million in just seven months to secure funding for the new Jefferson Community and Technical College Carrollton Campus.

    The committee led by now-retired Judge-Executive Harold “Shorty” Tomlinson and attorney Ruth Baxter did an excellent job of demonstrating the need our community and those around us have for this new, larger campus. It will be constructed on 30 acres across from the entrance to General Butler State Resort Park on Hwy. 227.

  • Senate focuses on legislation to grow jobs for workers, improve education

    The 2015 legislative session of the Kentucky General Assembly began “part two” of the 2015 session on Tuesday, which made for a busy week for legislators in Frankfort.

    Continuing the goal of “creating Kentucky jobs and strengthening Kentucky families,” the Senate Majority Caucus wasted no time introducing our next five priority bills and giving them a first reading on the Senate floor Tuesday. 

  • House considers legislation to raise minimum wage to $10.10 by 2017

    If the end of a legislative session is about what laws the General Assembly can pass, the beginning is about what the House and Senate hope will be on that list.

    It’s not a small number this year, with about a dozen major topics expected to be considered by both chambers and many others also vying for passage.  Making that process difficult is the fact that there are only 30 working days and the first four were dedicated last month to electing leadership and establishing committees for the next two years.

  • It’s time to stop double taxing Social Security

    On January 28, 2015, I introduced the Senior Citizens Tax Elimination Act (H.R. 589).  This bill would assist our struggling middle class by eliminating an unnecessary and unjust double-tax on seniors.