Time flies, the old saying goes. Last week was pushing a load of Senate bills on to the House. We must work quickly, given the few number of days left, to comb through all the House bills that are coming in and get them through hearings this week.
My friend Al Cross this week declared Kentucky “news organizations” to be “less willing or able” to defend government transparency laws.
This past year brought uncertainty and change for every American as families and communities grappled with the COVID-19 pandemic. Unfortunately, many experienced tragedy and loss. For me and my family, our world forever changed on June 16, 2020, when I tragically lost my beloved wife, Carol,…
If you are like some people I know, you probably are not a big fan of Frankfort Regional Medical Center. That’s OK. Neither was I.
Much of the essential infrastructure we rely on every day to keep our homes, businesses and communities running is largely out of sight. Unless there is a major interruption to service, we often take for granted simple things like clean water coming out of our sinks.
Good for Franklin County Sheriff Chris Quire for conducting an investigation of one of his deputies. What we all want is to have well-trained, diverse and ethical law enforcement that protects all in our community equally.
With new City Commissioner Kyle Thompson’s questions and Steve Stewart’s writing questioning our community’s support of business, the Capital Plaza’s redevelopment is back where it should be as our top priority.
Kentucky’s craft beer industry has enjoyed tremendous success in recent years thanks to the hard work of brewers, distributors and retailers who have contributed to putting that perfectly poured frosty beverage in your glass.
Thoughts and prayers go out to our friends in Eastern Kentucky and elsewhere who have been without power for a week and counting.
The last year has brought much-needed new attention to issues of racism across the country and in Kentucky, spurred in large part by the killings of Breonna Taylor and other Black Americans.
Thank you, Sheriff Chris Quire. Thank you for listening to the people and making the necessary adjustments to protect our physical and emotional well-being. Thank you for being willing to initiate an investigation into the allegations of racial discrimination involving one of your deputies, …
On Jan. 7, during his State of the Commonwealth address, Gov. Andy Beshear made an announcement that made small-businesses owners in Kentucky like us happy and relieved.
St. Agnes Catholic School in Louisville holds the distinction of being a U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon School four times. No other school in our commonwealth has achieved this prestigious honor of education excellence.
I did not expect much would result from the investigation of the Franklin County sheriff’s deputy conducted by a retired FBI agent. It was, after all, another example of law enforcement investigating their own.
Editor's note: This is the second in a series of columns written by 1st District Magistrate Sherry Sebastian on conversation starters for progress in Franklin County.
We are exactly halfway through the legislative session at this point. After the first week of heavy legislation, we lightened up on public deliverables until last week.
With the distribution of vaccines underway, there is hope the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic may soon be over. However, there is a looming problem on which Kentucky’s small businesses, health care providers and educators will face if action is not taken: a wave of unfair litigation.
In Kentucky, you don’t have to look far to find one of us: a loved one, a neighbor or a colleague who has struggled with drugs and alcohol. Or maybe you are one of us, too.
It’s probably a good thing that parents conveniently forget that the chubby, pinchable-cheeked toddlers who say the darnedest things will eventually become moody teenagers who despite owning an extensive vocabulary choose to speak in grunts and mumbles.
One of the greatest honors of serving as commissioner of agriculture is the opportunity to travel around the state, put the tailgate down on a farm truck, and have a conversation with a farmer about how the year looks.
Patrick Henry said, “Give me liberty or give me death” in his speech to the second Virginia convention on March 23, 1775. But 145 years later, real liberty was established when those forefathers of liberty organized and reestablished the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in 1920. They in…
A study in California revealed that the cost of capital punishment in the state has been over $4 billion since it was reinstated in 1978. Since California has executed 13 prisoners during that time, the cost per execution is more than $307 million. Other financial facts about the death penal…
With COVID-19 disrupting our normal activities, holidays and get-togethers with family and friends, I know there are people here in our community who are facing much greater difficulties because of how COVID-19 has impacted their lives. I see these challenges every single day in my role on t…
The alternatives would be worse, of course, but a downside of a democratic republic — and its revolving door of elected leadership — is a lack of continuity on major community projects.
In a few months, we hope the worst of COVID-19 is behind us. When that happens, the economy will improve and employers will start hiring again.
I read with great interest Austin Horn’s article (“Blanton’s Landing feasibility study moving along; city seeks more public input on river access project,” Jan. 29-31) about the plans to develop the riverfront for fun and profit.
Big-money groups are coming out of the woodwork to oppose every shred of effort to provide exemptions to vaccine mandates.
Dr. Richard Taylor and I agree on the importance of overcoming ignorance with education ( “Guest columnist: 'Ignorance in all its strains is our unannounced pandemic,’” Jan. 26).
I was asked to step up from board member to be the president of WalkBike Frankfort and after much thought and contemplation, I accepted. WalkBike Frankfort was one of the first organizations I was introduced to when I moved here three years ago.
2020 was a trying time for the commonwealth. COVID-19 forced us to reconsider what was important and adjust how we conduct our daily affairs.
For the past decade, Kentucky’s craft beer industry has been a growing contributor to our economy. As we have grown, lawmakers have updated Kentucky’s laws to promote further investment and enable craft brewers to be a vibrant element of the communities we serve.
Right now, local governments in Kentucky can infringe on the rights of pet owners by banning or restricting any breed of dog they choose at any time. This is an infringement on a citizen’s property rights, which is why I am urging lawmakers to pass Senate Bill 82. The bill, which is pending …
You might think I’m crazy, but it happened when The Cars’ 1984 hit came on the car radio while I was driving with our daughter. After trying to describe the music video of “You Might Think,” I came to the realization that my 80s and 90s music is what my parents' 50s and 60s music was to me.
In one sense, state Rep. Ed Massey’s bill to create a new tier within the Teachers’ Retirement System (TRS) represents a substantial change in Kentucky’s pension system — but only for new teachers.
A reporter for The State Journal recently asked the Kentucky Open Government Coalition about the legality of an open records policy adopted by the Kentucky Capital Development Corp.
The 2021 Kentucky General Assembly will reconvene in early February, and the remaining piece of essential business is agreement on a new state budget.
As we approach a post-presidency impeachment trial, my mind returns to what we witnessed during the past few weeks, during the past four years, raising the question of how we have become so divided as a nation.
Although 2020 was the most difficult year many have ever experienced, it is safe to say that many lessons were learned throughout the course of such a challenging year.