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Columns

  • Public pension reform is session highlight

     

    After finishing my first legislative session as majority floor leader, I am proud to look back at the significant accomplishments of the 2013 regular session of the general assembly.  Most importantly, we successfully established a new spirit of bipartisan collaboration which allowed us to move the state forward in a meaningful fashion on substantive issues such as comprehensive public employee pension system reform, university bonding, a regulatory framework for hemp production, and added transparency for special taxing districts.

  • 4-H is one of the best kept secrets in the county

     

    The 4-H program has a “learn by doing” approach and that means proven results for the youth who participate.

     Studies show that 4-H members are:

    • Nearly two times more likely to get better grades in school;

    • Nearly two times more likely to plan to go to college;

    • 41 percent less likely to engage in risky behaviors; and

    • 25 percent more likely to positively contribute to their families and communities.

  • Let me tickle your funny bone!

     

    I

     was thinking about bringing stand-up comedians back to Grant County with evening shows at a local restaurant.  

  • Preventing child abuse

     

    The time is now for the Kentucky General Assembly to enact legislation which would statutorily establish the Child Fatality and Near Fatality Review Panel. The time is now for our elected officials to solidify the premise on which child advocates have been voicing their opinion – that the children of the Commonwealth deserve a law which will mandate the review of child fatalities in such a way as to ensure prevention of similar fatalities in the future. 

  • Opportunity of a lifetime

     

    The streets of Williamstown will once again be the site of a festival on Saturday, May 4, known throughout Kentucky as Derby Day.  

    Stormey Vanover, owner of Country Heart in Williamstown, leads the pod of volunteers who put all the pieces in place for a successful event.  If you ever need a leader who can squeeze a festival out of spending pennies, then Stormey is the person you need to call.

  • Early action on major legislation

     

    In a 30-day “short session” like this year, it’s difficult for both chambers of the general assembly to fully consider all the bills that have been filed.  However, over the last two weeks, the Senate has taken early action on major legislation, giving the House more time to act on those bills.

    The Senate passed important bills addressing the state’s General Fund debt, economic development, healthcare, and school safety.

  • Our children's future is at stake

     

    During January, 2013, our nation’s leaders managed to employ a temporary fix for the “fiscal cliff” facing the nation.  While their action pushed the deadlines down the road a bit, there are many difficult decisions yet to be made relative to the federal budget.  

  • For whom the bells toll

    On Friday, Dec. 21, 2012 at 9:30 a.m. church bells rang 26 times and America observed a moment of silence for the victims of the Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting.


    The entire world has been affected by this unspeakable act visited upon tiny, helpless, innocent children and their protectors.
    The two burning questions in our minds and hearts are “Why?” and “What can we do to stop this from happening again?”

  • Kiwannis auction is more than bidding

    This Friday and Saturday would be great days to make your dinner plans as pick-up orders or home delivery from local restaurants.  The temperature is going to plunge and it’s a great night of entertainment and bargains that begins early at 6 p.m.

    It’s Kiwanis Charity Auction time and if you haven’t seen it or heard about it then you haven’t been paying attention. Kiwanis Charity Auction information has been on local cable television, local radio and the list of auction items have filled a page of this week’s Grant County News and Express.

  • Less mess the second time around

    The second time around, things are always a little bit easier.

    And, when it comes to potty training, that is the best news possible.
    When my oldest son finally mastered using the toilet life just got a little bit easier.

    We did not have to spend ungodly amounts of money on diapers anymore.

    Our house did not constantly smell like a garbage dump. (Although the bathroom tended to have a pee smell when his aim wasn’t the best at first.)