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Today's Opinions

  • Putting freeze on college tuition increases proposed

     As citizens of this Commonwealth, state universities play a huge role in our lives, not only through our love of college sports but also the important job of educating our children. 

    Unfortunately, time and time again we hear the struggles of students who are drowning in debt because of student loans they simply cannot pay back. 

    Nationally, students owe over $1.3 trillion dollars in debt.

  • Program would train for work force, get college classes

     High school students need more affordable pathways to college and workforce training, and Kentucky’s industries need more highly skilled, well-trained workers to expand their businesses as the economy improves.

    Last week, I joined House leaders in targeting these urgent issues through a bold new plan that would allow thousands of Kentucky’s high school students to emerge from a state community and technical college both career-ready and debt-free.

  • Court has no alternative but to settle issue with sheriff

     If you are a member of Bullitt Fiscal Court, you have a difficult decision to make on this Wednesday morning.

    Do I take hold of a situation that really isn’t all my responsibility and agree to pay over $638,000 to the state of Kentucky to resolve a deficit incurred by the sheriff’s office over the past five years?

    Or do I not pay the 34 monthly installments of $14,000 and a final balloon payment of nearly $163,000 and risk the loss of regular law enforcement patrol by the sheriff’s office?

  • College age Kentuckians should ensure mumps vaccination

     FRANKFORT — The Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) is advising parents of college students to make sure their child is up-to-date on vaccination for protection against mumps, an infectious disease that has been reported recently at Kentucky universities – as well as other college campuses around the country.

  • Do you know how Bullitt County got its name?

     Bullitt County was founded in 1796.  Bullitt County was formed from parts of Jefferson County and Nelson County.  Its location is in the western Bluegrass Region known as the knobs.

    The first people to inhabit this area were the Paleo Indians.  They were hunters and some of the Native American Indians were Shawnee and Cherokee. 

    This area had mineral springs or salt licks, where big game of mammoth and bison once roamed.  This area was considered the Indians homeland and hunting grounds.

  • Tribute to Donna Rodgers

     This is a tribute to a friend, Donna Lynn Whittaker Rodgers.

    Donna passed away on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016. This is not about her death but about her life.

    Donna was truly an asset to our community of Lebanon Junction. She was a person of many talents. She gave back to our community, her church, her business and her family.

    She was a committed business woman in her own right. I can still hear her laughter as I entered her hair salon that was set up in the back of her home. She served many of our ladies here in LJ.

  • Change Congress

     Ranking out current GOP candidates after hours and hours of debates, interviews. Seeming them on all channels. CNN, Fox and MSNBC.

    Donald Trump -- vague, general, most likely could and would work with both sides. Can showmanship get the job done?

    Ted Cruz -- very scary; not truthful; bully; panders to religious right and wouldn’t work and doesn’t work with people.

    Mario Rubio -- pulls too much from memorized responses; claims as first-term senator to have foreign policy experience because he attended meetings, briefings. WOW.

  • March 3 final day to introduce new bills

     As the Senate eagerly awaits a budget proposal from the House of Representatives, we are busy passing bills both out of committee and out of the Senate to send to our House colleagues during the eighth week of the 2016 Kentucky General Assembly.

    Several meaningful bills passed the Senate this week and will now move on for consideration in the House of Representatives.