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As the Kentucky General Assembly debates the budget and its potential impact on teachers and retired teachers, it is ironic that 10 years ago lawmakers adopted the Shared Responsibility Act of 2010, a model of legislative collaboration, compromise and good governance.

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I hope this message finds you and your loved ones well and healthy as we deal with the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation. Our staff continues to shine a bright light on humanity and together we are doing whatever it takes to work through this time of uncertainty.

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Some politically leftist groups and their enablers in Congress and the Kentucky legislature are seizing upon former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel’s advice to “never let a serious crisis go to waste” offered during last decade’s Great Recession to push for costly policies that will …

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Friedrich Karl Berger has lived to be 94 years old, with 61 of them spent in the United States. But an immigration judge recently ordered the deportation of Berger, a German who served as a Nazi concentration camp guard during World War II.

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When we talk about the health of Kentuckians, we often think about lifestyle concerns – smoking, substance abuse or a simple lack of exercise. 

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“I need to take a ride down old Lemons Mill Road and see where you were talking about in last week’s article,” an old friend said. 

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As the coronavirus spreads, and fears about it grow, another illness is growing along with it: racism and xenophobia.

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Every direction you turn at the Capitol these days the discussion centers on what rocks need overturning to find more revenue under the unproven — and categorically untrue — assumption that the 22 billion of Kentucky taxpayers’ hard-earned dollars collected during the current budget biennium…

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On Monday, I discovered that one of my dearest friends, Eve Oakley, had passed, and my heart all of a sudden felt an emptiness. Eve’s legacy in the Georgetown-Scott County community will never be fully appreciated because, in many cases, she was behind-the-scenes. If you knew Eve like I knew…

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Behind the reference desk in the Scott County Public Library there is a sign: “Welcome: All Sizes. All Colors. All Cultures. All Sexes. All Beliefs. All Religions. All Ages. All Types. All People.” It accords well with the library’s stated mission to treat all patrons with equality and respect.

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The infamous “sewer bill” that brought scorn to Kentucky legislators a couple of years ago apparently taught no lessons on transparency.

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Legislation passed by the Kentucky House of Representatives intended to provide long-term relief from steep increases in pension payments faced by quasi-government agencies like regional universities, health departments and rape crisis centers represents small steps in the right direction.

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News that several Central Kentucky newspapers are dropping their sports writers clearly received some attention.

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The recent controversies over the Brett Kavanaugh nomination to the Supreme Court — the Mueller Report concerning perceived or contrived collusion of a national election with outside powers — and, most recently, the “impeachment events” should or could get interested americans thinking about…

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This week has been full of meetings with colleagues, constituents, and organizations. I enjoy meeting with people from my district and hearing their support or opposition for specific pieces of legislation.

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Addiction is a tragic and heavy-handed disease, affecting individuals of all ages, races, occupations and income levels. And as anyone who has been impacted by addiction can tell you, the decision to seek recovery is never an easy one.

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Kentucky’s rural health care facilities are in crisis. Our Commonwealth is ranked as having one of the highest percentage of hospitals at risk of closure in the nation with nearly one-fourth of rural hospitals in Kentucky at risk of closure. The most at-risk of closure are the small, nonprof…

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As the Senate eagerly awaits a budget proposal from the House of Representatives, we remain busy in Frankfort passing bills both out of committee and the Senate to send to our colleagues in the House chamber during a rainy sixth week of the 2020 Regular Session.

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Both projects at the heart of this legislative edition of Liberty Boosters and Busters offer reminders of the costly, if unintended, consequences of government involvement in undertakings better left to the private sector.

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No one asks to be a crime victim. For many, the experience is the worst situation they will ever face. And for some, it is also their last.

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The first full week of February saw several key pieces of legislation deliberated in committee and on the House Floor. At the same time, members of the Appropriations and Revenue Committee and budget review subcommittees continue to work on the House version of the state budget. 

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In January, the City of Georgetown unveiled an extensive study on its past and present financial condition while providing some projections for the future. The first presentation was appropriately by the mayor to the city council on Jan. 16 and later to Scott United, a group of community and…