Among bills the Kentucky legislature passed over gubernatorial vetoes this past session was one that changes the way U.S. Senate vacancies are filled. It took away the governor’s power to unilaterally name a replacement, and requires that the successor be one of three people nominated by the…
Over the past days, weeks, months and, yes, years, we have seen a gradual erosion of the very foundation of the rights of American citizens.
Since COVID-19 arrived, measures to expand educational freedom and opportunity have been introduced in more than half the states in America — many of which already had some form of choice, including neighboring Indiana, where lawmakers expanded eligibility for an existing school voucher prog…
CNN reporter Devan Cole created a stir last week when he said, “It’s not possible to know a person’s gender identity at birth, and there is no consensus criteria for assigning sex at birth.” If there's any confusion in determining male or female at birth, aside from any genetic defect, one's…
For many years, criminal justice advocates have been pleading with the General Assembly to take stock of outdated laws and make sure they meet the needs of Kentuckians today.
Before this year’s General Assembly, Frankfort GOP insiders joked that Secretary of State Michael Adams might end up signing more bills into law than Gov. Andy Beshear.
I read with great interest Sarah Lyall’s “We Have All Hit a Wall” in the New York Times because I learned a new word. The new word is “anhedonia” and it means the inability to feel pleasure.
As a neurosurgeon at a busy urban Level 1 trauma center in Kentucky, I am on the frontline treating the victims of gun violence far too often. I witness firsthand the devastation, both emotional and physical, that these senseless injuries cause.
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has drastically changed many people’s lives in ways that most of us cannot completely and truly comprehend or feel for.
As we have just passed the first anniversary of this coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, it is a good time to make some reflections.
The late Maya Angelou wrote, “HATE. It has caused a lot of problems in this world, but it has not solved one yet.” Yet in 2021 parents are still teaching their children to be hateful.
Much of eastern Kentucky is still coming up for air after widespread flooding submerged much of the region under several feet of water in early March.
February’s bitterly cold temperatures, pushing deep into the southern U.S. and persisting for days, severely tested Texas’ electric infrastructure, exposing weaknesses and providing valuable lessons about reliability.
This year’s iteration of the Kentucky General Assembly was an unprecedented assault on transparency and the constitutional guarantees of free speech and freedom of the press.
Editor's note: This is the third in a series of columns written by 1st District Magistrate Sherry Sebastian on conversation starters for progress in Franklin County.
An estimated 88 million Americans have prediabetes, and just over 1 in 10 have been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. In Kentucky, nearly 12% of the adult population is affected by this disease.
As a group of trade organizations that collectively represent the largest natural gas producing region in the country comprising an operational footprint of Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky and Virginia, our member companies employ hundreds of thousands directly and indirectly and…
There comes a point in every legislative session when amendments are flying on and off bills, and the numbers are changing every time we blink. The budget is now getting passed essentially overnight, and my to-do lists each day are not formed until minutes before items are due.
Patriotism is often defined as a strong love for one’s country. However, this love of country can often be expressed in different ways by different people. Some people show their patriotism through displaying the flag. Some express it through American traditions such as the national anthem. …
Many Kentuckians have followed the recent debate in the Kentucky Senate regarding Senate Bill 211, a bill allegedly intended to protect law enforcement from verbal bullying.
I am responding to The State Journal editorial “Don't let a little river water sink Blanton's Landing project,” (March 9). Really? This is the public’s money that officials are wanting to risk.
When economies falter and hardship rises, governments must respond with vigorous action. It's a lesson our country learned in the 1930s with the New Deal but had seemingly forgotten during the painful decade that followed the Great Recession.
As the U.S. marks one year of the COVID-19 pandemic, Kentucky and the other 49 states have experienced relentless arguments about the best way to deal with the virus: “Implement no restrictions and let people decide for themselves” versus “Implement restrictions to help people protect themse…
It appears that common-sense conservatism will prevail over crony capitalists and their seeming obsession with raising the commonwealth’s gas tax despite the lingering economic uncertainty created by the fallout from COVID-19.
Gov. Andy Beshear, thousands of Kentuckians are counting on you. It’s hard when you don’t have all the answers. I get it. We all face challenges in life that you just cannot figure out. It’s painful and frustrating, and you let your pride get in the way of asking for help. In the case of Ken…
Kentucky’s General Assembly recently passed a resolution to condemn the anti-Semitic and hatred. This resolution had full support of members. It is good to know that our members are working for everyday issues of our commonwealth beyond COVID-19.
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.
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.