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Columns

  • The clock is ticking for the Kentucky General Assembly

    FRANKFORT In one key way, legislative sessions are a lot like March Madness: The intensity picks up as the number of days winds down.  That makes this week, then, the General Assembly’s version of the Final Four.

  • Licensing boards and requirements: beneficial or counter productive

    When you want a license to practice, say, cosmetology, you need the permission of the Kentucky Board of Hairdressers and Cosmetologists.

    Without a license issued by them, you can't teach cosmetology, own a business that teaches it, become an apprentice in cosmetology, or operate a beauty salon.  Same thing applies to nail technicians.  Why?  Consumer protection.  You can hurt someone using chemicals, or operate your salon in unsanitary conditions that could make someone ill.

  • Protect yourself from fraud

    Kentuckians have lost a lot as a result of the March 2 tornadoes. As those hit the hardest begin to piece together their lives and rebuild, they should be on the lookout for those who may want to prey on their misfortune. Many times, after an area has been hit by a natural disaster, it will see an influx of scam artists and fly-by-night contractors.

  • There is much work to be done in the General Assembly

    The Capitol becomes a gathering place each day for thousands of Kentuckians who want to be heard. Teachers, veterans, farmers and students alike all come to share their hopes and dreams for a better Kentucky. For Kentuckians the problems are many, the solutions complicated and the financial resources scarce. Like you, I understand that government can’t solve every problem but we can and must do certain things.

  • Newspapers far from being dead

     Change is tough for many of us traditionalists to take.

  • Legislative update from Rep. Linda Belcher

    FRANKFORT – As it normally does during the first full week of March in even-numbered years, the Kentucky House of Representatives will vote on its proposed budget this week to run state government.

  • Sen. Hornback: The facts from Frankfort

    FRANKFORT – Whether you are a legislator or a voter, it is always helpful to be like Paul Harvey and have the rest of the story.

    Another interesting week in Frankfort that has left voters wondering what is going on and what is going to happen.

  • Miss Brady goes to Frankfort

    Madison Brady was a fourth grade student at St Joseph Elementary in Bardstown.  We first met when I was in Betty Carol Riley's classroom last fall talking about America's system of government – Representative Democracy.  Madison listened closely, especially when I said that any of them could come up and be a Page in the Capitol during a legislative session. 

  • Redistricting comes down to the wire

    Following a national census, which takes place every ten years in America, your General Assembly must redraw the lines that define legislative, senatorial, and U.S. Congressional districts.  The current legislative session has that as a primary duty.   Lines are drawn based on revised population data, the goal being to end up with 100 state house districts, 38 state senate districts, and 6 U.S. congressional districts of roughly equivalent populations.

  • Million Hearts initiative to prevent strokes, attacks

    February is Heart Month, and many people will be thinking about what to get their sweetheart for Valentine's Day.

    Although the holiday is usually celebrated with gifts of candy or flowers, good health is the one thing that everyone appreciates year-round.

    The Medical Reserve Corps, (MRC) is teaming up with numerous other government and private sector organizations to support the new Million Hearts(tm) initiative (http://millionhearts.hhs.gov), which aims to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes over the next five years.