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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For many years, criminal justice advocates have been pleading with the General Assembly to take stock of outdated laws and make sure they meet the needs of Kentuckians today.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 …

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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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“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. 

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Do you remember when you used to put on your favorite bell bottoms and disco dance the night away? If you do, then it’s probably time to think about a routine colonoscopy screening. According to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer diagnosed in both …

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“What is the best advice you can give me?” Another challenging question in my grandfather book for my granddaughter, Grace. I will start from a quote I heard a long time ago: “You don’t have to be great to be great.” We usually think of great people as those that have achieved fame. Maybe th…

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Gov. Beshear, thousands of Kentuckians are counting on you. It’s hard when you don’t have all the answers. I get it. We all face challenges in life that you just cannot figure out. It’s painful and frustrating, and you let your pride get in the way of asking for help. In the case of Kentucky…

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On Feb. 18, amidst the political turmoil and continuing pandemic, Americans were able to unify and celebrate what was a monumental scientific accomplishment. In the late afternoon we learned that Perseverance, the latest rover, successfully landed on Mars.

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This past year brought uncertainty and change for every American as families and communities grappled with the COVID-19 pandemic. Unfortunately, many experienced tragedy and loss. For me and my family, our world forever changed on June 16, 2020, when I tragically lost my beloved wife Carol t…

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What was Georgetown like when you grew up? This is another question in my grandfather book that my granddaughter gave me for Christmas. To answer this question, I need to turn back the hands of time to the fifties and sixties, or even the late forties. As a very young boy, I remember a popul…

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More than 35 years ago, The Kentucky Center opened, creating an enduring community and statewide asset that would have considerable and lasting impact on the commonwealth. 

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My grandfather book that I got for Christmas has some really tough questions. This week’s is one of those. The question from my granddaughter is, “What lessons did you learn about money that you want me to know?” The simple answer comes from a song from years past, “money can’t buy me love.”…

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The COVID-19 pandemic has taught us many hard lessons and among them is the importance of ensuring families and businesses across Scott County have access to fast, reliable broadband. To ensure that our children are able to learn and to ultimately be successful in the 21st century workforce,…

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Knowing we’d be moving into Georgetown from out of state, I subscribed to and have read the News-Graphic for more than a year. 

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As I continue my journey through my granddaughter’s book, my next question is, “Do you still have friends you met in school?’ The answer, “yes.” I had a lot of friends but many of them have passed away since those years back at old Garth High School. My best friend passed away just a couple …

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Last week the State Senate Licensing and Occupations Committee met in Frankfort to pass Senate Bill 120, which would legalize so-called “historic horse racing” machines. The machines have little to do with horses and less to do with racing and are essentially slot machines trying to pass as …

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Who was your first kiss? This is another question I needed to fill out in my granddaughter’s book about her granddad. To even come close to this memory, I will need to turn back the pages of time more than six decades. It goes all the way back to my first real date, which happened to be in m…

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Like most Kentuckians, I love basketball. To the chagrin of my family, I not only follow my favorite teams but will watch a game whenever the ball is bouncing. NBA, college — heck, I would watch little league teams if they were televised. In all honesty though, high school is my favorite lev…

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With COVID-19 disrupting our normal activities, holidays and get-togethers with family and friends, I know there are people here in our community who are facing much greater difficulties because of how COVID-19 has impacted their lives. I see these challenges every single day in my role on t…

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What should I do if I can’t forgive someone? This again is another question in my granddaughter’s book as she seeks to know everything about her grandfather and about life. Through the many decades of my life, I have learned a lot about forgiveness, but learning about it and doing it is a di…

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If the classic shape of a heart pops into your mind when you think of February, you’re not alone. With Valentine’s Day falling at the exact mid-point of the month, stores are filled with heart-shaped cards, candy and more to celebrate the annual holiday of love. But there’s another reason th…

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After a year of unprecedented challenges for small business owners and their employees, I have good news to begin the new year: economic relief is on the way. In Congress, I fought for and secured $284 billion in Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) funds in the year-end COVID-19 relief bill pa…

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In a few months, we hope the worst of COVID-19 is behind us. When that happens, the economy will improve, and employers will start hiring again. 

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“Did you live through any wars, and if so, how did it affect you?” That was a question in my Grandfather’s Story book my granddaughter, Grace, gave me for Christmas. To answer that question, I had to revisit a time in my life when I was a very young child. That’s where I’ll start, but sadly,…

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Although 2020 was the most difficult year many have ever experienced, it is safe to say that many lessons were learned throughout the course of such a challenging year. As we reflect over the last 12 months, Americans have endured a global pandemic, economic turmoil, political divisiveness a…

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My granddaughter’s book about learning about her grandfather has captured my interest as I look back over my past. Many of the questions are serious and some seem a little silly. Today’s question borders on the silly side, at least from my perspective. The question is: “Do we have any specia…

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COVID-19 has hit us hard. It has taken the lives of far too many and it has upended our economy, damaging Kentucky’s small businesses and hurting our workers.

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A new year is always an opportunity for a fresh start. A new beginning. That’s one of the big reasons so many of us set New Year’s resolutions. Turning the page on the calendar gives us a chance to turn the page on unhealthy habits, resolve to be better, healthier versions of ourselves and l…

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My granddaughter, Grace, gave me an unusual gift for Christmas this year. It was a book titled “Your Grandfather’s Story.” To my surprise, when I opened it, there was nothing but blank pages except for a heading on each page with a single question. Questions like “Who was the biggest influen…

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Typically, when I write this column, I do not provide a title for it. While I guess it takes an overabundance of self-confidence to assume anyone wants to read my thoughts, somehow it seems arrogant to me to provide a title. While logically it makes no sense, I guess I just want the editors …

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As I have gotten older, I am surprised at how much I have learned. I have learned that we never stop learning, and that certain truths are true no matter how much we deny them.  

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As Kentuckians begin to receive the first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, it’s getting easier to think about the road ahead and recovery. A vital part of that will involve rebuilding our economy and strengthening our workforce. In particular, two actions will be critical to moving Kentucky fo…

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Some people think that with enough money and influence you can convince anybody of anything. The horse racing industry certainly has plenty of both. The stock price of Churchill Downs alone increased by well over 1,300 percent during the last 10 years of so-called “Historical Horse Racing” c…

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I read a book about a man who climbed Mt. Everest, the highest mountain in the world. It is a mountain that has claimed the lives of many adventurers, both skilled and unskilled. It is a mountain that is covered with ice and snow, and is of such high elevation that plant life cannot grow. Ox…