en We’re thankful for a caring community <p> When counting our blessings, Spencer Countians should never overlook their many friends and neighbors who so often give of themselves and their resources to help others in need.</p> <p> We live in a very caring community. Sometimes we see it driving home, when a man pulls over to help someone with a flat tire or dead battery in the pouring rain.</p> <p> Sometimes we see it in our schools, when a teacher spends her own money to make sure the children in her class all have the materials they need.</p> Founding father knew best <p> On Thursday, we&rsquo;ll stuff our turkeys, then stuff ourselves full of holiday food before settling in for some football, visits with relatives and a wide array of other traditions that might vary from family to family.</p> <p> Thanksgiving is a far cry from that harvest festival among the Pilgrims and Indians we learned about in school so many years ago. But what does remain, is the fact that the day is a reminder that we should be grateful.</p> Washington’s Thanksgiving Day Proclamation <p> WHEREAS, it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favour; and Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me &ldquo;to recommend to the people of the United States a DAY OF PUBLIC THANKSGIVING and PRAYER, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:&rdquo;</p> Frankfort’s focus will be financial <p> The 2016 Session of the Kentucky General Assembly is fast approaching. The legislature will convene on January 5, 2016, and the 60-day session must be completed by April 15. The primary responsibility during this session is adopting a two year general and road fund budget going into effect on July 1, 2016. During the 2016 session, along with my fellow legislators, we will also consider approximately 1,000 pieces of proposed legislation. In a typical session, only 10-15 percent of proposed bills are actually signed into law.</p> Bevin’s team responds to Beshear <p> The Bevin transition team responded to Governor Steve Beshear&rsquo;s defense of his health reform efforts last week. In a statement from Jessica Ditto, Communications Director for Governor-Elect Bevin&rsquo;s Transition Team reacted to Beshear&rsquo;s press conference.</p> <p> &ldquo;Governor-Elect Bevin&rsquo;s immediate priority is forming the new administration and preparing the executive budget.</p> Beshear touts health reform efforts as Bevin vows changes <p> Making an evidence-based case that Kentucky needs to continue its transformative and nation-leading health reform efforts, Gov. Steve Beshear joined health-care advocates last week to talk about steady improvements in noted health measures as well as the hugely positive economic impact for the medical industry.</p> Help your community; shop local <p> As Christmas draws near, Kentuckians are gearing up for the shopping season. Many shoppers plan their Thanksgiving weekend around Black Friday advertisements while others scope out the latest online deals for Cyber Monday.</p> <p> But there is another option &ndash; shop local. With national initiatives such as Small Business Saturday on Nov. 28 and statewide initiatives like Kentucky Proud, more shoppers are thinking about the benefits of keeping their hard-earned money within their own communities.</p> From our readers: Bevin administration could turn back clock in Kentucky <p> Governor-Elect Matt Bevin hasn&rsquo;t even been sworn in and he&rsquo;s already mentioning the groups he is going to stick it to such as the poorest of the poor&ndash;over 400,000 Kentucky people who didn&rsquo;t have insurance and now have it thanks to President Obama and Governor Breshear. He has said he will overrule Governor Breshear by giving millions of tax dollars to the Noah&rsquo;s Ark theme park who is limiting hiring to Christians.</p>