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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. Soon we learned that 12 jurors in Los Angeles acquitted O.J. Simpson of two counts of murder.…

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It is teacher and staff appreciation week in Scott County. The first week in May is set aside to offer thanks and praise to teachers and employees in our district that make a difference in the lives of students.

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U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell made national news by not saying anything during his press conference in Georgetown Wednesday.

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“Make sure the main thing is the main thing.” This is my second attempt to give my young adult granddaughter advice in my grandfather book she gave me for Christmas. This seems like a crazy statement, but in fact, it may be the most important advice I can give. So often, we wander through li…

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While much of the Georgetown City Council’s focus this year has been on increasing revenues, it was refreshing to note a substantial part of Friday’s finance committee meeting centered on cost cuts.

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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.

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Waste Water Treatment Plants and the handling of raw sewage is hardly a glamorous topic and likely a subject few of us would ever consider for a casual conversation.

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What is the best advice you can give me? This is another challenging question from my grandfather book. There are many things that I have learned along my life’s journey. I will share just a few and they come from sayings of others that are thought provoking but contain a wealth of knowledge.

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It’s outdated. It’s dysfunctional. It’s hated by most of the populace. No, we’re not talking about the line at the DMV. We’re talking about the Selective Service and the military draft. For decades, young men have had to register. Now, Congress is considering expanding draft registration to women. 

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Do you think life is fair? This is another thought-provoking question from my grandfather book that my granddaughter, Grace, gave me for Christmas. If I answered this many years ago as a young teenager, the answer would have been easy for me. “No, it isn’t fair.” As an octogenarian, however,…

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Over this past year, the coronavirus and its impact on families, businesses, and the healthcare system as a whole have consumed media headlines, social media and daily conversations. While it presented us with challenges we never expected in our lifetime, with adversity comes the opportunity…

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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…

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The WEDCO Health District, which serves Scott, Harrison and Nicholas counties, as well as Bourbon County’s home health care, is heeding the advice of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Kentucky Department for Public Health and Gov. Andy Bes…

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The death penalty is an antiquated and barbaric form of punishment. This is why most nations have ended it. The top six executing nations in 2019 were China, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Egypt and the U.S.  The U.S is especially cruel in that there is no categorical exemption for the seriously …

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Last week I wrote about how the Parks and Recreation Department developed into one of the best in the entire state. The city, with a few forward-looking citizens like Sandy Suffaletta, Bobby Barlow, Doc Scroggin and the Woman’s Club began the move to provide recreation for our community. At …

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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.

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Humanity confronts many huge global problems: too much inequality within and between communities, the ever-greater possibility of more global pandemics, threatening global climate crises and too much readiness to use violence at every community level.  

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Scott County has one of the finest Parks and Recreation departments in the state. The success began a lot of years ago. I will once again turn back the pages of time to when it began, and tell you about some of those forgotten people that made it happen.

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A lot of attention has been focused on the negative impact the pandemic has had on restaurants, schools and health care, but another industry is in crisis, according to the National Association for the Education of Children.

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After an extremely busy and productive 30-day legislative session, the 2021 Regular Session adjourned “sine die” at just a few minutes shy of midnight on Tuesday, March 30. Sine die is a Latin term that essentially means “without assigning a day for a further meeting or hearing.” While this …

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Because of the stealthy actions by legislators, especially in the closing days of the General Assembly, it will take some time to fully assess the actual impact many of the new bills may have.

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The Kentucky Press Association strongly urges the Governor to veto the SB 48, a bill recently passed by the Kentucky General Assembly. The bill amends the Open Records Act in unprecedented—and unnecessary—ways that will deprive the public of access to information that has long been available…

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When you hear about the experiences of parenthood, one role that never gets mentioned is the revisiting of elementary education as your children come of that age. My son is in fourth grade this year, which means that I am suddenly back in fourth grade and trying to remember what I learned ov…

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“Don’t do as I do. Do as I say.” That is the advice many of us have heard all our life, especially when we were youngsters. The truth is that it may be the worst advice we will ever get or give. It just doesn’t work that way. The fact is the very advice we follow is the example we see from t…

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The most consequential pro-life bill in my lifetime is being considered by the Kentucky State Senate. What’s fascinating about HB 91, otherwise known as the constitutional amendment on abortion, is that it doesn’t ban or restrict a single abortion procedure. Instead, it makes clear who will …

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One of the rewards of writing this column is to have someone say they have read it and enjoyed it. That happened this week as a lady said how much she enjoyed a recent column that mentioned three teachers I had in school. She said her deceased husband had talked about them a lot in years pas…

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Although it was only a “short” session, 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. As counsel for the Kentucky Press Association (KPA)—one of whom was a primary…

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I’m a small business owner, and I strongly support raising the federal minimum wage to $15 by 2025. Paying employees wages they can live on is good business.

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It would seem appropriate, yet sad, that Kentucky’s General Assembly would vote to weaken the state’s open records laws during Sunshine Week, which honors transparency in government.

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“What is the best advice you can give me?”- part two in my grandfather book. I had too much advice to give my granddaughter in one article, so I am adding a second. This one has to do with sayings or quotes I have been motivated by during my life. And they start way back when I was in high school.