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Today's Opinions

  • Bills protecting public servants advance in Frankfort

    There has been no shortage of activity in Frankfort this week. The 40th day of the 2016 Legislative Session passed, along with the bill filing deadline. There have been more than 900 bills filed this session yet only one, Senate Bill 4, has been signed into law. While many legislators were hurrying to file bills before the deadline, there was much other activity going on within the Capitol walls.

  • Senate awaits House budget

    As the Senate eagerly awaits a budget proposal from the House of Representatives, we are busy passing bills both out of committee and out of the Senate to send to our House colleagues during the eighth week of the 2016 Kentucky General Assembly.

  • Democrats cite trust issues with Governor Bevin

    When a new governor is elected, it should be incumbent upon all parties to work together, establish trust and build relationships, especially in a budget session where so much is at stake.

    From the beginning, however, we have been operating at a trust deficit.

    Matt Bevin promised during his campaign to release his tax returns, but then once elected, refused to release them.

    Fast forward to the 2016 legislative session, in which the General Assembly is required to pass a state budget during a 60-day session.

  • Transparency for elected officials

    This week in Frankfort, your elected House Republicans worked hard to promote something we all should value; transparency in government. Our caucus attempted to bring the first reading on Senate Bill 45. It would require public disclosure of all retirement benefits for all current and past legislators. SB 45 passed the Senate earlier this session by a margin of 38-0, with all members voting. Unfortunately, the bill did not enjoy the same success in the House and we have not had an opportunity to have discussion on the floor.

  • Hey, what’s going on?

    This is a question we hear from time to time at the Spencer Magnet. A visitor will pop through the door, a phone will ring, or we’ll get an email message inquiring about a rumor or something heard on the street.

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  • The joy of wagging tails

    Marking major goals and challenges off bucket lists and living longer and healthier lives are reasonable expectations nowadays.

    Luxurious vacation destinations and week-long cruises offer deep sea scuba diving, parasailing, zip-lining, skydiving, and thrills of a lifetime.

    Medical advances and, oftentimes, just the luck of inheriting good genes play a role. And in the course of living life, some are simply at an advantage because they have somehow made it through life relatively unscathed from serious accidents or injuries.

  • 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.