• Congress must act on long-term solution for fixing roads, bridges

    At a recent House Rules committee hearing, one of my colleagues from New York declared that the potholes in the roads in her district are so bad, “you can lose your car in them.” Kentuckians and Americans from all over the country agree. It is long past time that something was done to address the deplorable state of the highways and infrastructure in this country.

  • New state laws into effect June 24

    The approval of new laws may be a wintertime activity, but in most cases, this legislation doesn’t actually take effect until the heat of summer.

    Unless a law has an emergency clause or a specific enactment date, it becomes official 90 days after the General Assembly completes its work.  This year, that falls on June 24.

  • Genealogical Proof Standard helps ensure research is reliable

    Anyone who has read my column before knows that good genealogical research requires so much more than picking information out of other people’s trees they find online at websites such as Ancestry.com, FamilySearch.com or MyHeritage.com.

    Sound genealogical research will withstand the test of time and family lore.

    The Board for Certification of Genealogists uses something called the Genealogical Proof Standard when reviewing submissions from researchers who hope to become certified.

  • Stop the slide: Encourage children to read

    You know summer is coming when days get longer, kids are out of school, it is warmer and stickier outside, and I am talking about our Summer Reading Program.  We kicked off our program the beginning of June and it will run through the end of July.  We have several programs and projects for kids of all ages, and it is definitely not too late to sign up. 

    You may ask, if school is out, why is reading so important?  Can’t we just let kids be kids over the summer?

  • Auto industry has greatly impacted Kentucky’s economy

    In 1913, when the automotive industry first set up shop in Kentucky, few then could have imagined just how much of an impact it would have on the commonwealth in the decades ahead.

    It all began on South Third Street in Louisville, where 17 employees could assemble up to 12 of Ford’s Model T vehicles on a good day.

    Now, we churn out more than 3,500 a day on average at our four assembly plants, or about 1.3 million a year.  That’s a traffic jam stretching from Seattle to Miami.

  • Preserving historic places is essential to a strong economy

    It’s time to catch our breath after a busy month of heritage-based events in May – starting with the Kentucky Derby, followed by National Travel and Tourism Week, then more festivals, street fairs, spring flings, May Days and celebrations of bourbon, music, food, art, cars, hikes, bikes and horses than any one person could possibly take in.

  • Too few voices are answering questions for our commonwealth

    The Sentinel-News

    On Primary Election night, as we sat and watched the Republican Primary for governor, we could not help but notice one glaring issue – less than 400,000 votes were cast in our state.

    Only 400,000 people voted in both the Democratic and Republican Primary. There were only 214,000 people that cared enough about our Republican nomination to vote.

  • Kentucky has 30 of the 2,500 National Historic Landmarks

    Eighty years ago, historical preservation took a major step forward when the federal government began compiling a list of those irreplaceable landmarks that help define our country’s heritage.

  • ‘Sticker Shock’ aims to prevent underage drinking, educate

    Sticker Shock is coming to Carrollton.

    If you read that sentence and were confused, it’s OK, most readers have probably never heard of the term. “Sticker Shock” is a campaign geared toward the prevention of underage drinking.

    According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD.org). each year underage drinking contributes to approximately 4,700 deaths in Kentucky alone. We aim to decrease that statistic in Carroll County with prevention and education measures like Sticker Shock.

  • State could end fiscal year with surplus of about $46 million

    After weathering several tough budget cycles, the state is on track to end the current fiscal year next month with much better news to report.

    Two weeks ago, the Office of the State Budget Director said April’s General Fund receipts – which drive the budget – brought in a little more than $1 billion, a high-water mark that had never happened in a single month before.