They say actions speak louder than words, but our voices speak volumes about us. And no, I am not talking about the voices rattling around in my head, but rather the one that comes out of my mouth.
As COVID-19 infections fall, vaccination rates rise, and America reopens, this upcoming summer should be full of optimism and hope. But, for too many Kentucky businesses and families, our miraculous recovery is being undermined by Washington Democrats’ out-of-control spending and irresponsib…
I am very concerned about the struggle that Kentuckians face — and, in reality, all Americans face — in coming to grips with conflicting interpretations of our collective heritage. Now, as in the past, Kentuckians have an opportunity to lead the way.
In the summer of 2017, I walked into my first newsroom meeting bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. It was the first week of my first-ever newsroom internship here at The State Journal.
Property valuation administrators are earning big bucks selling public records back to the public. In the current fiscal year, they project $1.8 million in income from “miscellaneous” sources.
During a recent 11 days in the Middle East, Hamas and the Israeli military traded death through the skies. We watched with sorrow, if not horror, as 248 Palestinians and 12 Israelis were killed — 66 were children.
A new voting law codifying some of the temporary measures taken mid-pandemic by Republican Secretary of State Michael Adams, the state’s chief election officer, and supported by Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear represent a good-faith effort to take bipartisan advantage of COVID-19 to modernize K…
In April, folks from around the country celebrated Second Chance Month, an initiative dedicated to removing barriers to reentry after incarceration and showing compassion for those who are returning to our communities.
In 1920, then-U.S. Sen, Warren G. Harding made his successful campaign for president. It was something of a surprise to the nation, if not to Harding himself.
We are what we buy. How we choose to spend money echoes our opinion and beliefs. Maybe this is why boycotting or “buycotting” industries based on their political affiliation or financial contributions has become so pervasive.
In July 2020, Franklin County sheriff's deputies were called twice to a house here in Frankfort for a domestic disturbance. No arrests were made either time because there was no apparent assault and no visible wounds.
Central Kentucky is a geological island. Sitting atop a dome of limestone, its terrain gently rolls along like a series of offshore waves. Back roads crown the peaks and valleys of this rolling farmland, and when my car sputters to the crests of the waves I feel as though I am looking down o…
Our nation has always loved its guns, but 2008 was a particularly special year in that relationship. That’s when studies show we finally had one for each citizen, more than 300 million altogether.
Despite the growing number of potholes slowing drivers on the commonwealth’s highways following pavement-unfriendly weather this spring, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet continues to experience smooth sailing in its ongoing practice of awarding single-bid contracts that exceed its own int…
After more than six years of debate between solar advocates and Kentucky’s electric utilities, the Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) delivered a clear victory for solar advocates and the future of local, customer-owned energy resources in Kentucky.
It is that time of year again. The time when we honor all of the graduates of Franklin County Schools. Each year, students from Franklin County High School and Western Hills High School walk across the stage, shake my hand, and collect that most precious piece of paper that they have worked …
Summer is here in Kentucky. Temperatures are rising, and the school year is wrapping up for kids, parents and teachers across the state.
One important lesson that has been learned over the past months when it comes to education is that without high-speed broadband, many children in rural America have once again been left behind.
As Kentucky’s governor, I have spent the last 15 months leading our war against COVID-19. We have experienced significant pain, grief and loss, but through aggressive action and the commitment of our people, we have suffered fewer casualties per capita than most U.S. states.
In a recent op-ed for the Courier Journal, state Rep. Tina Bojanowski, who is also a teacher in the Jefferson County Public Schools, argued that the commonwealth may be failing its mandate under the state constitution to adequately fund education.
I write this in response to the guest column “Was justice achieved in George Floyd case?,” May 18), which I very much enjoyed as it presented a position that forces people to think rather than to simply agree or disagree. There is a lot going on in this piece, not the least of which is his c…
I can't say I have any regrets about my life. Sure, I have made more than my fair share of stupid mistakes, but I (mostly) choose to learn from my errors, rather than repeat them.
I read with great interest the lyrics to an old Jimmy Buffet song called “Bama Breeze." It was written about the old Flora-Bama Lounge & Oyster Bar at Perdido Key, Florida.
To review the problem of wages in America is to revisit the concept as three parts in which the possibility exists for fairness, equity and morality. While the possibility is 100%, the probability for change depends upon the willingness of the American citizens, through our representatives, …
The 2021 Kentucky General Assembly wrapped up a whirlwind legislative session with a variety of wins and losses for civil liberties.
As a pharmacist with nearly a decade of experience in different communities across Kentucky, I understand the importance of putting patients’ health needs first.
Censorship by Facebook, Twitter and YouTube of free-market views provides a stark reminder that the far left, which favors lockdowns over liberties, seeks opportunity to control activity on the internet — one of the greatest tools for freedom ever created.
On an early October afternoon in 1995, Americans sat glued to our televisions. We anxiously awaited the verdict of the first trial to capture our collective attention since the advent of cable news.
If you’ve had only a casual interest in local government over the years but care deeply about the future of Frankfort and Franklin County, this would be a good time to get more engaged.
Last week the string of positive economic news continued in the commonwealth. Kentucky’s sales tax receipts from April hit $486.5 million and our vehicle usage tax receipts hit over $64 million. These are the highest ever reported in the history of the commonwealth and they are generated sol…
As I’m ending an important chapter in my life, I look back and see every difficult and joyful moment in college that made me who I am today — and I’m glad to say I’m proud of that person.
As our community leaders move forward with major financial decisions, let us all commit to using our brain instead of hitting the easy button as many across our country are doing more often.
Despite the difficulties brought on by COVID-19 over these past 14 months, I was happy to join my fellow Kentuckians in witnessing the Kentucky Derby once again showcasing an excitement only our commonwealth can offer.
This column started innocently enough. I was listening to a segment on “The Anna and Raven Show” — a radio program on Frankfort’s newest station, Pop Radio 93.5 FM — called “That’s All I Need to Know About You” and decided to borrow the idea.
Kids Days are returning and will be the second Saturday of each month to the Franklin County Farmers Market. We will be handing out $2 in kids tokens for each child to spend at the market. There will be a planting activity to go along with our farm to plate curriculum, as well as coloring sh…
Access to reliable, high-speed internet service is now a critical part of everyday life, not only for our families and businesses here in Franklin County but for all Kentuckians across our great commonwealth. We work, learn, conduct business, worship and even receive health care services online.
In response to our study of the benefits a local 20 megawatt (MW) solar project could offer the Frankfort community, the FPB commissioned a report from the consultant Burns & McDonnell (B&M). We appreciate the concerns expressed by the FPB directors. While we are preparing a detailed…
The headline screamed from the top of the front page in the April 23-25 weekend edition, “Farmer attorney confident in case.” It is clear from reading the article that Farmer and his attorneys misunderstand what public defenders do, their duties or their ethics.
I am writing to shed light on the misguided claims made against me by Joe Graviss and Grayson Vandegrift (“Guest columnists: GOP legislators shutting public out and public schools down,” April 23-25).
When it comes to Appalachian coal, it might be appropriate to borrow from that often-misquoted phrase from Mark Twain: “The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.”
As the COVID crisis has been a disaster in many different ways, and now that it seems finally to winding down, it is a good time to think about what Kentucky did right and what it did wrong so that we can avoid similar mistakes in the future.