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Today's Opinions

  • Immunizations remain important part of back-to school routine

    One of the toughest things a parent will do is send their child to college. I have done it twice and still find myself worrying: Are they eating enough? Meeting new friends? Finding time to study?
    Fortunately, parents today have much less to stress about when it comes to their children’s health. Thanks to modern medicine and immunizations, we no longer live in fear of many serious illnesses that once posed massive threats.

  • Boat renewals require valid Hull Identification Numbers

    As your county clerk, I am trying to spread the message out about invalid Hull Identification Numbers (HIN) for boats and/or watercraft throughout our county.

  • Raising taxes to fund pensions is not a good option
  • Ham looks forward to continuing to work with Dry Ridge, Williamstown

    I was encouraged to read the article in the Aug.17 issue of the Grant County News reporting that Dry Ridge continues to boom due to Ark Encounter tourism, and that much-needed hotels and restaurants are being built there. Meanwhile, business leaders all over northern Kentucky are using words like “phenomenal” to describe the impact the Ark and our sister attraction the Creation Museum are having on the regional economy.
    If you happen to own one of the hundreds of hotels in Northern Kentucky, Lexington/Georgetown and even parts of Cincinnati, you are happy.

  • The City of Williamstown supports the Ark Encounter

    I have worked closely with the Ark Encounter since Answers in Genesis announced the project in December of 2010.  Because of my work for the Ark Encounter, I was granted the privilege of cutting the ribbon at the opening ceremony.  As I stated then, we have had our issues and debates on how things should be, but we always work them out in a professional manner.  I think the safety assessment fee controversy has been the first issue to receive this much media attention.

  • Developing Kentucky’s workforce

    From the beginning of our administration, we have set the goal of making Kentucky the engineering and manufacturing hub of excellence in the world. We are off to a good start. We recently shattered our annual record for new economic development projects and we did so in only the first five months of 2017.  
    Many factors weigh into the decisions of businesses to expand or locate their facilities in our state. However, every business leader I meet with emphasizes the quality of our workforce as one of their most critical considerations.

  • New state law makes it easier to quit smoking

    For the nearly 900,000 smokers in Kentucky, there has never been a better time to quit.
    During the 2017 legislative session, the General Assembly passed much needed legislation to equip individuals addicted to tobacco with the tools they need to quit successfully. The smoking cessation coverage bill (Senate Bill 89) removes barriers that limit patient access to evidence-based cessation treatments.

  • Parents, teachers should push for longer summers for students

    As we turn the page on July 2017, I find myself asking the same question once again, “Is summer over already?” To the disappointment of most Kentucky students, and many parents, the answer is an overwhelming “yes.”
    In Senate District 17, Scott County students will report back for classes on Thursday, Aug. 10. For Grant County students, the first day back is either Monday, Aug. 14, or Tuesday, Aug. 15, depending on your grade. In Kenton County, students are due back a bit later: Wednesday, August 23.