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Columns

  • Library teen program suspended until safety solution can be found

    Recently, there has been quite a bit of social media attention surrounding the library–some good and some bad. Normally, I do not engage in these conversations, but I feel like I need to address the current issues because they are important.

  • Nation celebrates constitution signing from 232 years ago

    Independence Day may get most of the attention when it comes to celebrating our country’s founding, but there’s a good argument to be made that Sept. 17 is just as important.

    It was on that day, 232 years ago this week, that the U.S. Constitution was formally signed, putting in place a charter that has guided our nation ever since and which has been a model for others around the world.  In fact, ours is now the oldest and, at 4,400 words, the shortest among the major countries.

  • Sept. 12, 2001 was one of the greatest days in nation's history

    It has often been said that Sept. 11, 2001, was one of the darkest days in American history.

    It was a day riddled with fear, plagued with despair and feelings of helplessness. The day challenged everything we believed to be true—we were the United States of America.

    We were strong, we were supreme and we were untouchable—or so we thought.

    As we watched the planes strike the twin towers and the buildings crumble in mere moments, we knew then that our country would never be the same.

  • Nation marks milestone as Sept. 11 attacks are remembered this week

    There have been just a few historic events over the years where the whole country will never forget what it was doing when it heard the news. 

    Some were positive milestones – the end of fighting during WWII, for example, and the day Neil Armstrong walked on the moon – while others were tragedies like Pearl Harbor, the assassination of President Kennedy and, 18 years ago this week, the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

  • Months ahead bring lots of festivities and fun across Kentucky

    Kentucky has no shortage of fairs and festivals during the spring and summer, but like the changing color of leaves, their peak time arrives during September and October.

    Most if not all of these events center on products, people or activities having close ties to the communities hosting them.  Food is a common theme, and there is enough variety to overfill a dinner plate.

  • Labor Day celebrates workers, improvement in conditions

    When the United States first celebrated Labor Day 125 years ago, life on the job was anything but easy for many.  The hours were often long; safety was an afterthought, if it was thought about at all; and children as young as seven were forced to work, with some given the most dangerous tasks because of their small size.  Safety-net programs like workers comp and unemployment insurance were still decades away.

  • Lawmakers continue their work through committees tackling the leftover issues

    Several months have passed since the conclusion of the 2019 Regular Session, but my work as your Senator has not slowed. Between answering your questions, concerns, letters or phone calls, I have been meeting with constituents throughout our district in preparation for the Interim and the 2020 Regular Session.

  • Task force works to protect water

    For 95 percent of Kentuckians, clean drinking water is as close as the kitchen or bathroom sink.  Except during a rare boil-water advisory, many of us don’t even think twice about what it took to make this critical utility so dependable.

    We should, though, because it didn’t happen by accident.  It took decades of planning and hard work, billions of dollars and a diligence to make sure every gallon we use meets the same high standards every single day.

  • Small towns are alive, but making things happen takes community commitment

    This weekend J.D. Shelburne made a stop in Carrollton on his Two Lane Town Tour. For those that don’t know, Shelburne is a country music artist. He’s had videos on Great American Country and CMT and his live performance was really good.

  • Expungement clinic set for Friday

    Is there something on your background that haunts your past or makes it difficult to obtain employment?

    If so, Champions for a Drug Free Carroll County is hosting an event in conjunction with Goodwill Industries of America to make it possible to have certain charges expunged from your background.

    This event is completely free of charge and is taking place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., tomorrow, Friday, Aug. 19, at The National Guard Armory in Carrollton.