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It was an honor to assist Mr. Dale Dobson in distributing challenge coins from the Dixie Agricultural Safety Team during last month’s Tobacco Settlement Agreement Fund Oversight Committee meeting, and of receiving the Policymaker award from the Agricultural Safety Health Council of America e…

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Today I want to turn back the pages of time to a little over a half century ago. It’s Homecoming night for Garth High School, and the mighty football Buffaloes are preparing for battle. This young boy would only be in junior high school and just in his early teens, but Homecoming weekend was…

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No matter how persistent those claiming Kentucky doesn’t adequately fund its public education may be, they can’t escape the reality offered by the cold, hard facts in study after study on school spending.

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I have now lived in eight decades. And as I have gotten older, it has become a time of reminiscing. As I look back over the years, I ask myself “What was the greatest decade of my life?” It’s not about me; however, but rather, about life here in America. But for me, it’s even more focused on…

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When it comes to saving local newspapers, the solutions won’t be found in web metrics, ad rates or shrinking news holes. The solution, seemingly simple yet terrifying complicated, is for newspapers to reconnect with the people they’re supposed to be serving. 

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Abraham Lincoln was, perhaps, the most quoted President in our history. His jokes were legendary, and his wit was unsurpassed by anyone of his time, before or since. His quotes were timely in our nation’s most trying time in its young history. As our nation was divided over slavery, he said,…

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One of the most powerful things you can do to fight hunger is to be brave enough to have hard conversations. 

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Do you know how many states must ratify a proposed amendment to the United States Constitution before it can take effect? Or what qualifications a person must have to be nominated as a justice of the Supreme Court? How about who serves as president in the case of a vacancy of that office, th…

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Over the weekend my graduating class form Scott County High School gathered for the 10 year reunion. No, I did not attend, unfortunately, but I want to contribute to the memories with a look back. 

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There are some things you don’t learn in school. You learn them by experience. Growing up, we called these things “the school of hard knocks.” Bill Gates, the richest man in the world, spoke to a group of high school seniors a few years back.  He spoke about reality in life. My life is very …

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As I have gotten older and now have grandchildren, I often think about their future. I want it to be the best. I don’t want them to struggle. And I know we all try hard to make things better, but sometimes I wonder if we don’t make things worse. There are some things that Father Time has tau…

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The unforgiving delta variant has ravaged our commonwealth leaving no family untouched. In the first month of school, over 30 Kentucky school districts have closed their doors to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Teachers, coaches and bus drivers are dying. More children are in the hospital t…

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I ran into a friend this past week who said she enjoyed reading about my boyhood days on Second Street. She was about my age and she said it brought back memories of when she was a little girl. That started a short conversation about, “Do you remember when?” 

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Awhile back I read a book by former president Jimmy Carter. Although there are many who question his politics, there are few who question his character. His work with the poor and his involvement with Habitat for Humanity are just a couple of examples of what he stands for.

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To say the past 18 months have been different for us could possibly be the biggest understatement ever. While far from unprecedented in history, a pandemic is something no American alive had ever experienced.

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“Let’s choose up sides.” That’s the way our baseball games began when I was a youngster growing up on Second Street. Two captains tossed a wooden Louisville Slugger bat back and forth three times to decide who chose first. On the third toss of the bat, each captain then placed fist over fist…

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Kate, you are now in your senior year of high school. I can’t believe it. 

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School is back in session. New classrooms, new supplies and new teachers bring a feeling of opportunity, and maybe a little anxiety too.

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What this country needs are more front porch swings. When I grew up on Second Street, every house had a big front porch and every porch had a swing. It was there we spent our leisure time.

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Gov. Andy Beshear’s latest political gyration involving leaning on the Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) to mandate all children in every public school across the commonwealth don masks for 270 days — the entire school year unless the board relents, which is unlikely —  helps strengthen the …

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The saying is true if you build it, they will come. Just look at the recent census data showing the areas in Kentucky which saw the most growth over the last 10 years. These areas can credit solid infrastructure as key to attracting businesses and jobs, which lead to population growth. 

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For the past few days, it has been my pleasure for visit every school in our district. It was so nice to see that everyone was as excited as I have been to start back to school in person. During my visits, it was incredible to witness how smoothly things are going in our district. The feel i…

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My grandchildren miss so many of the things I grew up with as a young boy living on Second Street. I wonder if they would have enjoyed it the way I did. Sometimes as I am out alone, I still miss those good old days. Let me share some of the things I still miss.

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It’s time. After a year and half of shutdowns and extreme social distancing, Kentucky will have the opportunity to come together at the 117th Kentucky State Fair, Aug. 19-29  at the Kentucky Expo Center. The Kentucky State Fair is one of our state’s oldest events, one that truly embodies the…

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While Gov. Beshear writes in his editorials that he is effectively reaching across the aisle, truth is, a lot more needs to be initiated by his administration and not just responding to the Republican legislative overtures. Further, Gov. Beshear needs to stand up to Democrats in D.C. on thei…

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In the past, I have walked you down Second Street and introduced you to the neighbors. We didn’t stray far from our little corner of the world, and some of the things we did and said were unique to just us. We weren’t hicks, but there was a little bit of difference in some of our sayings. Le…

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A while back, I read a book by Jimmy Carter. It wasn’t the type of book you would expect an ex-president to write. It wasn’t about his accomplishments or policies to change the world. Rather, it was just about a little boy growing up in South Georgia. I found it so interesting. It reminded m…

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After long and hard-fought negotiations, I was proud to announce a historic agreement with opioid companies for their role in fueling the opioid epidemic that has ravaged Kentucky communities for more than a decade. The agreement will return more than $460 million to the Commonwealth and pro…

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This week I’ll go back to the lady who asked me what it was like growing up on Second Street. There are so many stories to tell, but let me start by sharing this observation: Remarkably, over 70 years ago, our neighbors never seemed to mind us boys using their fields for our playground. Last…

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I am part of the “small group of vocal individuals” that has apparently spread “rumors and misinformation” that Greg Elkins, Central KY Landfill CEO, referred to in his letter to the Georgetown Mayor and Georgetown Council members. The letter was published in the Georgetown News-Graphic on J…

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Editor’s Note: This is a letter written by the CEO of Central Kentucky Landfill to Mayor Tom Prather and Georgetown city council members.

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A lady asked me some time back what it was like growing up as a little boy on Second Street. I will turn back the pages of time to when I was 12 years old until I graduated from high school. There were five of us boys that lived within a stone’s throw of each other. We were closer than broth…

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I want to take a moment to thank the Georgetown community for its tremendous support during the Concerts at Cardome in June — 15 national level performances under a 500-seat tent in just a three-week time period. Amazing.

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“You’d better water those trees and put plenty of fertilizer on them, Mister. Or they will die,” the young boy said to the old man as he continued planting a group of trees as had been his practice for several decades. The old man replied, “They don’t need water and fertilizer, boy. You don’…

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We can all agree that our current labor shortage has to be addressed if we are going to grow our economy and make a successful comeback. After all, there are more than 100,000 available jobs across our state. While some are entry-level positions, many pay far more than minimum wage and inclu…

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As we continue to emerge from the pandemic, there’s a sense of relief and optimism that things will return to normal. Long-awaited family gatherings, birthday parties and graduation ceremonies are finally happening in person. Sporting events have fans in the stands, airports are busy, and we…

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Do you remember when?  Do you remember when you could go in the Sweet Shoppe located in the middle of the Main Street block downtown and get a Cherry Coke?  Man, they were good. There was a real soda fountain where the clerk would draw a nickel Coke from the tap and then add a squirt of cher…

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Since the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence, the Fourth of July, has been observed as a day for Americans to stand in unity and in recognition of our nation’s founding. It is on this day 245 years ago that exemplary visionaries dared to create a unique form of gove…

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Kentucky has an opportunity to tackle its infrastructure challenges head on through proposed investments in President Biden’s American Jobs Plan and American Families Plan. From the lack of clean water and reliable bridges to high-speed internet and high-quality childcare, these challenges h…

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With 200 days until we convene the 2022 regular session, we just wrapped up the third week of this year’s legislative interim with committee hearings on issues ranging from rare pediatric health conditions to economic development opportunities. I thought it might interest readers to share a …

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The Supreme Court did something it does not ordinarily do: Issue a 9-0 decision, and in defense of religious liberty no less.

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The older you get, the more important little things become. There are lessons in life that only come with experience and age. They are called philosophies of life, and I would like to share some of these with you. They are certainly not original with me, but rather, they are thoughts that I …

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During World Elder Abuse Awareness Month, Attorney General Cameron’s Medicaid Fraud Unit and Office of Senior Protection are joining forces to raise awareness about how to protect seniors from abuse in all its forms. Whether you are the family member of an aging loved one or a senior yoursel…

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“Just keep the change.” I want to turn back the hands of time to when I was a young boy growing up here in Georgetown. Instead of a tip for service, this was how you rewarded a person for doing something extra special. Instead of a tip, it was a way of letting a person know you really apprec…

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With the first week of interim joint committee meetings behind us, I would like to share an update on the funding we approved for water projects and the expansion of broadband during the 2021 Regular Session. Last week, the Budget Review Subcommittee on General Government, Finance, Personnel…

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A new voting law codifying some of the temporary measures taken mid-pandemic by Republican Secretary of State Adams, the state’s chief election officer, and supported by Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear represent a good-faith effort to take bipartisan advantage of COVID-19 to modernize Kentucky’…