http://www.grantky.com/todaysopinions/rss.xml en The City of Williamstown supports the Ark Encounter http://www.grantky.com/content/city-williamstown-supports-ark-encounter <p> I have worked closely with the Ark Encounter since Answers in Genesis announced the project in December of 2010.&nbsp; Because of my work for the Ark Encounter, I was granted the privilege of cutting the ribbon at the opening ceremony.&nbsp; 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.&nbsp; I think the safety assessment fee controversy has been the first issue to receive this much media attention.<br /> Developing Kentucky’s workforce http://www.grantky.com/content/developing-kentucky%E2%80%99s-workforce <p> 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. &nbsp;<br /> 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.<br /> New state law makes it easier to quit smoking http://www.grantky.com/content/new-state-law-makes-it-easier-quit-smoking <p> For the nearly 900,000 smokers in Kentucky, there has never been a better time to quit.<br /> 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.<br /> Parents, teachers should push for longer summers for students http://www.grantky.com/content/parents-teachers-should-push-longer-summers-students <p> As we turn the page on July 2017, I find myself asking the same question once again, &ldquo;Is summer over already?&rdquo; To the disappointment of most Kentucky students, and many parents, the answer is an overwhelming &ldquo;yes.&rdquo;<br /> 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.<br /> Patient-provider relationship is key to addressing Kentucky opioid crisis http://www.grantky.com/content/patient-provider-relationship-key-addressing-kentucky-opioid-crisis <p> Opioid abuse is one of Kentucky&rsquo;s most pressing and publicized health issues. In 2016, more than 1,400 Kentuckians died from opioid overdoses. That&rsquo;s an average of nearly four deaths per day.<br /> These alarming statistics have made curbing opioid abuse a statewide priority&mdash;and Kentuckians of all backgrounds and sectors are committed to finding solutions.<br /> Former resident concerned about Grant County http://www.grantky.com/content/former-resident-concerned-about-grant-county <p> I lived in Grant County 40 years, just recently moving to Richwood after my husband&rsquo;s passing.&nbsp;I am deeply concerned about Williamstown and Grant County, in general.<br /> I am reading and hearing a lot of criticism about the Ark Encounter, and I am truly puzzled.<br /> Parting words from a grateful journalist http://www.grantky.com/content/parting-words-grateful-journalist <p> When I first started my job as a news reporter here at the Grant County News, I was both excited, and nervous.<br /> This was my first official job after graduating college in 2016, after several years of working both journalism and public relations internships, as well as working for my university&rsquo;s student newspaper.<br /> Ark Encounter resistance on one-year anniversary http://www.grantky.com/content/ark-encounter-resistance-one-year-anniversary <p> The Ark Encounter celebrated its first anniversary this month but instead of fanfare and praise, some news media and protestors poured rain on its parade. The Biblical theme park, which consists of a life-size replica of Noah&#39;s Ark based in Northern Kentucky, faced 75 protesters and criticism from a columnist who said the group promotes &quot;fringe beliefs.&quot; But hey, it&rsquo;s the Ark, right?&nbsp; Compared to criticism that Noah faced, I&#39;m sure this modern-day rendition will weather the storm.<br />