• Don Buck P. Creacy Stamping Ground Tales
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I like to keep it light. In my opinion, there is enough real stress and angst and pain in every neighborhood to fill a daily paper. Somewhere in the daily onslaught of bad news, there needs to be a relief valve. If you read me or have seen me perform, you know I love to make folks laugh and …

  • By Susan Elkington and Jay Timmons Guest Columnists
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Though some may not know it yet, Kentucky has rightfully earned a reputation as a hub of modern manufacturing. In fact, more than 240,000 Kentuckians work in manufacturing, and modern manufacturers are looking to hire across the commonwealth.

  • Sharon Roggenkamp Guest Columnist
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The latest cold-blooded chapter of “Assault on the Working Class”  appeared in Friday’s Lexington Herald Leader article, “Bill seeks to limit unemployment help for Kentuckians.”

  • Rep. Phillip Pratt Guest Columnist
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In Frankfort, diligent work continues on a pension reform proposal and a responsible budget. As those two issues consume much time and effort, there are also several other critical bills moving through the House.

  • Don Buck P. Creacy Stamping Ground Tales
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Reality is hard to swallow sometimes. We make our beds and sometimes other people sleep in them. Back in late January, our county fathers voted to deny the expansion of the county dump.  Hold your applause. For years, other counties have been allowed to dump there and the garbage mountain wa…

  • Susan Elkington Guest Columnist
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The U.S. tax code is massive.   Spanning over 73,000 pages, it touches the lives of every American and every American business. Even minor tweaks to the tax code can have an outsized impact. So, it’s not surprising that major reform proposals only make their way through the legislative proce…

  • Jerry Richardson Guest Columnist
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If you live in Kentucky’s Sixth Congressional District chances are you think your Congressional representative is Andy Barr. Well, if you’re a corporation or have a lot of extra money stashed away, Barr is your representative. If you’re middle class or among the working poor, Barr doesn’t re…

  • Lori Saunders Guest Columnist
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Georgetown/Scott County Tourism spent a very busy 2017 bringing visitors to its many attractions and lodgings, raising its profile among social media users and motorcoach operators, hosting travel media, organizing events and in general spreading the word about the city as an enticing destin…

  • Homer White Guest Columnist
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On Feb. 3 the News-Graphic published an extensive interview with our State Sen. Damon Thayer, as a commemoation of his 15 years in office. The interviews begs for response on several levels, from specific policy details to broader concerns about how Sen. Thayer’s demeanor and way of proceedi…

  • Don Buck P. Creacy Stamping Ground Tales
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My eyes were glazed over as I sipped my coffee the morning after the State of the Union Address. Oh yes, I watched the whole thing and I have a few takeaways of my own about the evening. But that night as I tried to put my head on my pillow and do what needed to be done, I stared at the ceil…

  • Edward Thal Guest Columnist
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With the rapid growth in population of Georgetown and Scott County the day is not far off when this once rural little backwater will qualify for its very own shopping mall. It will be a sad day.

  • Sen. Damon Thayer Guest Columnist
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Words cannot begin to express the shock and sadness felt throughout the commonwealth and around the country on Tuesday when an active shooter opened fire at Marshall County High School in Benton, Kentucky, taking two innocent students’ lives and injuring 18 others. It was a senseless act of …

  • Don Buck P. Creacy Stamping Ground Tales
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The skies are partially filled with skeins of geese. Long arrow like shapes of birds honking, flapping, headed somewhere. I stopped working for a moment to watch the geese, though there’s a lot to do on Three Penny Farm. Shovel in hand, I caught myself thinking of their travels and about the…

  • Jim Waters Guest Columnist
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Your humble correspondent warned for years the day would come when public-pension funding crowded out government services Kentuckians on both sides of the political aisle care about.

  • Phillip Pratt Guest Columnist
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On Tuesday, Gov. Bevin presented his two-year budget to the citizens of the commonwealth of Kentucky during his annual State of the Commonwealth Address. Like many Kentuckians, I have taken the last few days to carefully review the governor’s proposal. First off — let me commend Gov. Bevin f…

  • Damon Thayer Guest Columnist
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Despite the slick roads and thick accumulation of snow across the commonwealth, the Kentucky General Assembly returned ready to work following the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend. The general atmosphere in the Capitol was one of anticipation as citizens rallied for causes in the Rotun…

  • Don Buck P. Creacy Stamping Ground Tales
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There are laws and maxims that offer hints of how the world works or doesn’t work. At the beginning of every year I am normally reminded of them by my past year’s notes and journals. I am a collector of all sorts of things A.U. I. What’s AUI? Almost Useless Information and today, Parkinson’s…

  • Jim Waters Guest Columnist
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Former House Speaker Jody Richards recently joined the growing chorus of longtime Democratic legislators announcing they would not seek re-election this year.

  • Sen. Damon Thayer Guest Columnist
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The threat of extreme winter weather conditions caused us to call off session in Frankfort on Friday, but not before we passed significant bills in the Senate earlier in the week. We hit the ground running during the second week of the 2018 Session — standing committees met to discuss and pa…

  • Mitch McConnell Guest Columnist
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In November 2016, the American people sent President Trump to the White House and Republican majorities back to Congress. We worked together to make 2017, by any objective standard, a year of extraordinary accomplishment. While the national media may overlook or downplay any of these success…

  • Jim Waters Guest Columnist
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We may be smack dab in the middle of Kentucky’s basketball season, but a quote from a recently retired Hall of Fame baseball manager seems to best describe the opening of the 2018 session of the Kentucky General Assembly.

  • Damon Thayer Guest Columnist
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The first week of the 2018 regular session of the Kentucky General Assembly is in the books, and pension reform is still a major priority for most of us in Frankfort. Along with passing a two-year budget and two-year road fund, pension reform must occur in order to put Kentucky’s poorly-fund…

  • Jerry Richardson Guest Columnist
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Recently, Edward Thal gave a primer on economics in his column. Thal seems to have taken my advice and simplified his sentences. That’s a start. Now, let’s work on substance.

  • Edward Thal Guest Columnist
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There’s nothing like coming face-to-face with a lion that makes you remember New Year’s Day!  It was a long time ago in Africa but the experience is still so vivid with me that each new year brings it close, even here in beautiful and placid central Kentucky.

  • Dr. Laura Hancock Jones, Dr. O. Wayne Mortenson and Rick Whitehouse Guest columnists
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Most of us, when we think about the dangers of smoking, see lung cancer as the biggest risk. And it’s a fact that in Kentucky, cancer and smoking frequently go hand in hand. A higher percentage of Kentuckians get lung cancer than in any other state, and Kentucky has one of the highest smokin…

  • Jim Waters Guest Columnist
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Getting sued and seeing the glass half full is an obvious oxymoron – unless the lawsuit leads to a court decision establishing judicial precedent ensconcing a more open, transparent and accountable government.

  • Mitch McConnell Guest Columnist
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Over the past eight years, I received countless letters, emails and phone calls from Kentucky families frustrated by the Obama economy. “The honest, hardworking folks can’t get ahead, the cheaters don’t get caught, and the rich just keep getting richer,” wrote one Kentuckian. “The Obama admi…

  • Jerry Richardson Guest Columnist
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It often surprises people to find I’m reasonably well-versed in the scriptures. I owe that to Dad. He found the Bible timeless and often pointed out passages that show the past is indeed prologue. Here’s a passage from Isaiah that came to mind last week when Republicans in Congress enacted l…

  • Sen. Damon Thayer Guest Columnist
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The season of frigid nights, warm gatherings, and good cheer is upon us as we prepare for 2018. This year was a whirlwind in the General Assembly as we passed historic legislation in the 2017 session, held insightful policy discussions across the commonwealth during the Interim and analyzed …

  • Edward Thal Guest Columnist
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Several years ago, while working in London, I heard the Queen say something extraordinary. The English love tradition, and a long-standing tradition is that each year during the Christmas season the monarch gives a brief radio address (now also televised), while everybody stops to listen. It…

  • Dr. Kevin Hub
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Merry Christmas! As you read this message, you are aware that we are only a few short days away from the much anticipated Christmas break.  With the holiday season upon us, our attention naturally begins to turn to thoughts of spending time with family and friends, the hustle and bustle of C…

  • Don Buck P. Creacy Stamping Ground Tales
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I admit, I should have thought it through. I had plenty of time to get ready and I took it. I planned every step. Children, your own children, I mean, are a joy and you probably have gone to the nail, sacrificing for not only their needs, but their whims as well. Grandchildren, just ask any …

  • Al Cross Guest Columnist
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In the space of a few hours last weekend, one of Kentucky’s top two political leaders scored a big victory he badly needed, and the other suffered an embarrassing and perhaps damaging defeat he didn’t need to risk.

  • Dr. Donna Arnett, Dr. Larry B. Goldstein and Dr. Andrew Henderson
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Kentucky faces a number of important challenges when it comes to the health of our people. Our rates of heart disease, stroke and cancer are well above the national average. Smoking, and the use of other tobacco products, is a major contributor to these dire statistics. Although Kentucky’s s…

  • Don Buck. P Creacy Stamping Ground Tales
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Okay, I admit it, I was hiding. This time of year is difficult for me and my kind. By my kind, I mean men. I hate to shop, I am what you call a search and destroy type shopper. Battle plan, tactical surveillance, feet dry over enemy territory and target acquisition, target in hand, extractio…

  • Lori Mangum Guest Columnist
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November was National Adoption Month, and though the monthlong observance is an important conversation starter, it can’t fully convey the ongoing and unmet needs of children searching for their forever homes. During this season of giving and gratitude, the truth is that more than 7,000 kids …

  • Mitch McConnell Guest Columnist
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For the last decade, many Kentucky families have been left behind by the Obama economy. It seemed like only the wealthy or the well-connected were able to succeed, leaving the rest behind to struggle through the slowest economic recovery following a major recession since the Great Depression…

  • Jim Waters Guest Columnist
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Considering Frankfort will soon be forced to pass a painful budget, it might be helpful for legislators to apply the Yellow Pages test, an analogy that, for the older set, hearkens back to giant paper phone books landing on your front porch containing listings for businesses by categories.

  • Edward Thal Guest Columnist
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A recent report noted that the Union of Concerned Scientists (numbering 15,000) put out a letter that again warns of the dire consequences of unchecked global warming caused by human activity.

  • Damon Thayer
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The leaves fell and the weather grew cooler as we transitioned into this blustery November. As Thanksgiving quickly approaches, the legislature continues to hold interim joint committee meetings throughout the commonwealth and in Frankfort.

  • Edward Thal Guest Columnist
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In Shakespeare’s Hamlet an officer of the palace guard remarks that something is rotten in the state of Denmark when he sees the ghost of the murdered king walking over the palace walls.

  • Mitch McConnell Guest Columnist
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There’s an important issue that hasn’t gotten a lot of headlines, but it’s a key part of President Trump’s agenda. In fact, it will have a significant and beneficial impact on the future of our country for generations to come.

  • Don Buck P. Creacy Stamping Ground Tales
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In a flurry of preparations for the Black Friday events of the year. I thought we could all use some humor to share as we stand in line.