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Opinion

  • FRANKFORT — As we hit the home stretch of this 30-day legislative session this week, we directed our attention to a range of bills that will make a difference in the lives of average Kentuckians.

    This is our last opportunity to focus on Senate bills, as next week, each chamber will turn its attention to final passage of legislation already passed by the other, so the Governor can sign or veto the bills during our two-week recess later in March.

  • When you don’t drink and don’t smoke, you need some type of vice other than working too much.

    From the time I can remember, one of my escapes in life has been the human soap opera with athletes - more commonly known as professional wrestling.

    Make no mistake about it, don’t think I would have even gotten into the squared circle or the six sided-ring.

  • Multi-Purpose Community Action Agency, Inc. has begun the “Crisis” portion of the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) that assists households in a heating crisis on January 5, 2009.

    The deepening of cold weather combined with rising costs leaves many households unable to fully meet heating bills of purchase sufficient bulk fuel to keep their families safe and warm. Your local Community Action Partnership (CAP) stands ready to help!

  • If you’re into Civics, you’ll love today’s column.  I’ll explain why your General Assembly is in recess right now at a time we call the “Veto Period” and close out the last of this session’s Saturday Coffees.

  • A recent federal report entitled, “Underage Alcohol Use: Where Do Young People Drink?” sheds some revealing light on this question and the answers that many parents, other concerned caretakers and inquiring minds want to know.

    The 2006 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) asked young people ages 12 to 20 who had used alcohol in the past month two questions: how did they get it and where did they drink it?

  • The only surprise in discussions to study the Shepherdsville civil service ordinance is that it has taken this long.

    There are no guarantees that any changes will be made. And the discussion will be good.

    When it was approved several years ago, there was no public outcry. And several stories were written about it.

    There was really no outcry until election time arose.

    The city’s version protects every employee from discipline or dismissal. If done, the employee can ask for a hearing before the civil service board.

  • FRANKFORT ee" Although final details are still pending, Kentucky got a much clearer picture last week of what it can expect from the federal stimulus package that Congress recently passed. Even with quite a few strings attached, it should still provide a substantial lift right when we need it most.

    According to Gov. Beshear, we will get a little more than $3 billion over the next 28 months, which doesn’t include direct stimulus payments Kentuckians may receive from such things as tax cuts or boosts in Social Security payments.

  • Welcome to life on the Shepherdsville City Council. And, by the way, in your first six weeks in office, you have a multi-million dollar project to decide upon.

    And, worse than that, the decision is worth a whole lot more than simply an expansion and upgrade of your sewer infrastructure.

    For nearly a year, Shepherdsville officials have been talking with various entities.

    Jim Beam Distillery in Clermont has its own package sewer treatment plant. Under the proposal, the company would give up its plant and hook up to the city’s expanded system.

  • Although the General Assembly did not meet last week because of the Presidents’ Day holiday and a four-day recess, the halls of the Capitol were anything but quiet.

    Many of the House and Senate committees took this time to debate bills likely to come up before we complete the 2009 Regular Session next month.

    On Wednesday, for example, the House’s Judiciary Committee voted in favor of legislation that would keep judges from granting shock probation to those who have been convicted of killing someone while driving under the influence.

  • FRANKFORT – Last week, as the 2009 Session resumed, we passed or moved along bills aimed at holding your government and electoral processes visible and publically accountable, from campaigns to officeholders to lobbyists.

    Senate Bill 62, which we passed this week, calls for more frequent reporting of campaign contributions and also directs that these reports be filed electronically in races for state office.

  • Madison Brady is 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 – a 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.

  • Wouldn’t it be great if Bullitt County’s $49 million wish list could all get funded?

    Well, yes it would.

    However, we all know that won’t happen.

    The package submitted by the county judge and the various cities has a lot of worthwhile projects, some of which have already been in the funding cycle previously.

    The governmental bodies who have their projects ready to go will be the main benefactors of whatever Congress decides to do on the economic stimulus plan.

  • What does too much stress do to your heart?

    Stress in itself is not unhealthy. Stress is just your body’s response to any physical or emotional demand.

    But too much unrelieved stress can lower your body’s resistance to disease, contribute to disorders such as stomach ailments and insomnia, and may cause changes in the body’s chemistry that can directly affect your heart health.

    The stress response is your body’s physical reaction to a stressful situation.