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Today's Opinions

  • The killer that’s 80 percent preventable

    Today heart disease and stroke kill one in three women. But the good news it’s 80 percent preventable.

    Women are typically the caregivers in their families. They take care of their spouses or significant others, the kids, their aging parents and even the family pets. Many women have hectic, stressful careers on top of that. But all too often women don’t put their heart health first.

    Taking care of your heart through a healthy diet and regular physical exercise is the key to preventing heart disease.

  • Candidates should rise above mudslinging

    Candidates running for any office should conduct themselves professionally and not act like schoolchildren having temper tantrums.

    All too often, we see in election cycle after election cycle candidates brutally attacking one another – in some cases, attacking their families – instead of talking about what the people really care about, which are issues such as the economy and national security.

    Candidates that play these attack games are committing a disservice to those who they hope will help propel them into office.

  • From our readers - Fiscal Court and its actions or lack of actions

    When the current Fiscal Court took office, I hoped for a conservative, responsible, open and honest court rather than the spending, closed and irresponsible actions the past court exhibited. Well I have been surprised by some of their actions and I admit the court is more open to comments and disagreement than the past Judge allowed from citizens. It was his way or the highway and if you disagreed with him you had to hit the road, but this court is open to citizens comments.

  • Community needs your ideas

    Wednesday morning, my wife and I are boarding a jet and taking a trip to see her sister in Seattle, Washington. I’ve never been west of Dallas, so I’m really looking forward to experiencing a region of America I’ve only seen in pictures.

    Visiting new places can be fascinating and just like people, places only get one shot to make a first impression, fair or not. So, from the moment we land, I’ll be taking in new sights, seeing new people and viewing a slightly different culture than I’m used to.

  • Children have been focus of week in Senate

    Hollywood stars, national organizations and winter weather greeted the Kentucky General Assembly during week six of the 2016 Session. With many guests, packed committee meetings, and energetic rallies, it was another exciting week in Frankfort.

    The national organization, Save The Children, which promotes early childhood learning, had its Action Network President Mark Shriver and actress Jennifer Garner testify in Frankfort on behalf of the organization and their work throughout Kentucky.

  • Budget talks continue

    This week has been a flurry of activity in Frankfort, with the ceremonial signing of the first pro-life bill in 12 years, legislation dealing with economic development, and continued work on the budget and pension reform.

    On Thursday, Governor Bevin held a ceremonial signing for SB 4, the informed consent bill, at the statewide “Rally for Life” held in the capitol rotunda. I am proud to stand for life at all stages, and our whole caucus will continue to fight for those who cannot fight for themselves.

  • Bill would raise legal smoking age to 21, would include vaping

    A bill headed to the House of Representatives would prohibit the sale of tobacco and nicotine vaporizing products to Kentuckians younger than 21, rather than the present age of 18.

    The House Health and Welfare Committee voted 10-4 for House Bill 299, sponsored by Rep. David Watkins, D-Henderson.

  • Citizens need info on the Zika virus

    Like many Kentuckians, I’m concerned about the Zika virus and the growing number of reports of people infected. In a recent meeting with President Obama at the White House, I raised the spread of this virus and what it could mean for Kentucky and the country as we head into warmer weather this spring and summer.