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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’…

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In April, folks from around the country celebrated Second Chance Month, an initiative dedicated to removing barriers to reentry after incarceration and showing compassion for those who are returning to our communities. April may be over but in a state such as Kentucky, we should be working e…

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In 1920, then U.S. Senator Warren G. Harding made his successful campaign for president.  It was something of a surprise to the nation, if not to Harding himself. He had hardly distinguished himself in his one term in the Senate. Even at his party’s convention, Harding did not gain a lead un…

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This past Sunday was the 103rd American Legion pilgrimage to honor the veterans of WWI, WWII, Korea and Vietnam. It is believed to be the longest continuous pilgrimage in the United States of America. The group travels across Scott County honoring the veterans who have passed away that serve…

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U.N. Secretary General António Guterres urged Israeli and Palestinian leaders to go “beyond the restoration of calm to start a serious dialogue to address the root causes of the conflict.” Noble idea, but don’t expect anything of the sort. 

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Over the past couple of months, I have used this column to share information with you some of the legislation we passed during the 2021 Regular Session, as well as some of the issues that our state is facing now. This week, I would like to take a break from policy and legislation to reflect …

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Despite the growing number of potholes slowing drivers on the Commonwealth’s highways following pavement-unfriendly weather this spring, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet continues to experience smooth sailing in its ongoing practice of awarding single-bid contracts which exceed its own in…

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“If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs…If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster and treat those two impostors just the same…Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it, and — which is more — you’ll be a Man, my son!” These are some of the words of Rudyard Kipling…

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As we continue to review legislation passed in the 2021 Regular Session, it is important to note that much of what became law helped to make state government more efficient and reflective of your priorities. Members of the House State Government Committee deal directly with the policies and …

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This past week I shared some words of wisdom from an old farmer. Today I want to go to the other end of the age group to find what a class of fifth-grade students think is important in life. Several years back, a fifth-grade teacher from Garth School sent me an interesting letter. It was a b…

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Last week the string of positive economic news continued in the commonwealth. Kentucky’s sales tax receipts from April hit $486.5 million and our vehicle usage tax receipts hit over $64 million. These are the highest ever reported in the history of the commonwealth and they are generated sol…

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For the past several weeks, I have written about advice for my grandfather book. The advice has been borrowed from the sayings of some of the greatest orators, athletes, preachers, world leaders and even the Bible. Today I would like to share with you the wisdom of an old farmer. His grammar…

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It’s springtime in Kentucky. We just hosted the Derby with more than 51,000 fans in attendance watching the best two minutes in sports. Anyone in Kentucky over the age of 16 can receive a vaccine, and more than 40% have done so. Our COVID-19 positivity rate has been steadily hovering between…

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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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“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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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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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 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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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 …