As chairman of the Kentucky House of Representatives Energy and Natural Resources Committee for more than 19 years, I have seen both the highs and lows of energy policy in Kentucky. I chaired the committee when coal production was at its all-time peak in Kentucky, and I fought the federal government as it tried to take down one of Kentucky’s signature industries. Electricity rates in Kentucky have increased by 30 to 40 percent over the past decade. Many of the factors driving those cost increases were outside the control of the General Assembly. At every turn, I have kept as my core principle what is best for affordable energy for Kentuckians. I firmly believe that low-income Kentuckian’s should not pay any more on their electric bills if it can be avoided.
Coronary heart disease is still the number one killer of American men and women killing over 375,000 people a year. Heart disease strikes someone in the U.S. about once every 43 seconds. But the good news is that heart attacks are decreasing, and persons who have an attack are more likely to survive–continuing a trend that started many years ago and is gathering momentum. We now understand the importance of adopting healthier lifestyles. Patients are now less likely to smoke and they have succeeded in lowering their average blood pressure and cholesterol. Less widely known is research showing that exposure to second-hand smoke creates a cardiovascular risk nearly as great as that of active smoking. Several studies have documented dramatic declines in heart attacks following passage of laws restricting smoking in public places.
Another school shooting. This time, 17 young lives snuffed out at a Parkland, Fla., high school. Another circular gun debate.
Wrath made his living out of people dying. One of only two undertakers in town, he was constantly dueling with Grapes — the other undertaker — for whatever business he could undertake. For example, he came up with the idea of collecting names of all the people in town who were dangerously ill and, instead of sending a “Get Well Soon” card — as any humane person might have done — he sent them cards reading: “Bear in mind our undertaking service. Satisfaction guaranteed.” And, instead of signing his name to the cards, he signed Grapes’ name to the cards.
If enticement is inherent to gambling, then the lure of easy fixes to complex state problems is the curse of legislators. Such is the case with the latest proposal to amend the Kentucky Constitution to legalize casinos.
The issue was debated, with legitimate arguments made on both sides. In the end, the Glasgow City Council this week joined the Barren County Fiscal Court and the county health department in approving a needle-exchange program.
Work continues on a pension reform proposal and a responsible budget. Even while those two issues consume much time and effort, there are also several other critical bills moving through the House, including my essential skills legislation.
Last December, Bernie Sanders, a liberal Senator from Vermont, led every single Senate Democrat to impose an endowment tax of around $1 million per year on Berea College.
Randy and two of his buddies went hunting in a cornfield where the corn was as high as an elephant’s eye. And, because their vision was thus obstructed, the services of a “rectal-mist” instead of a taxidermist was required.
The first draft of the “winter book” on this fall’s Kentucky elections is out, with passage of the Jan. 30 filing deadline for the May 22 primary, and the tentative outlook is favorable for Republicans. For example, they seem likely to keep their majorities in the legislature, but just as in horse racing, there are unpredictable factors, and more so than usual.
The movie “The Post” has received, and rightfully so, acclaimed reviews from most who have watched the film. I caught a matinee of the movie a few weeks back with my mother, and we were both impressed with the quality of the acting and writing.
There are very few roles of government that are more critical than properly educating our kids so that they to ensure they are equipped for a lifetime of success. In today’s world, everything is more competitive, and to position our young people best, we must work early and often to make sure they have the knowledge base, skills and resources to compete in a global economy.
In this week’s episode of “Drama on the Hill” we saw “the memo” released. In as apolitical a manner as I can muster I’d characterize the more accurately named Nunes Memo as surrounding the propriety of the Department of Justice’s secret electronic surveillance of Carter Page, Ph.D. That was the most honest subject of debate because of the potential exposure of the methods and means of Justice’s investigations. Put plainly, whether to let us read those four pages hinged on how their release might shine light on those methods and means.
When old man Sullivan died, he left his big, old decrepit house to his daughter Megan who promptly unloaded it by selling it to Charlie — together with its contents.
Helen is a senior citizen who is hearing impaired. Because Helen owns her home, she was shocked when she was served with court eviction papers.
The hard-working principals, teachers, and parents who come together to lead our schools have grown accustomed to being asked to produce improved results with limited resources.
The fact that the concept of precedent in American courts maintains so much force in interpreting disputes will forever impress me. When I read a 20-year-old case about email, which is still guiding law for technologists and the courts, and within which are guiding legal principles from, say, the 1800s, the force of precedent in the law certainly is impressive.
This whole thing with the deep state is ridiculous. There is no cabal working behind the scenes to thwart President Donald J. Trump’s efforts to “drain the swamp.”
CORBIN — Although cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the United States, an estimated 36.5 million adults smoke in the US, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The catchphrase of Gov. Matt Bevin’s State of the Commonwealth and budget speech Tuesday night was “get our financial house in order.” But if you listened closely, you heard the same message as last year: We need more money.
The classic ones are “jumbo shrimp” or “civil war.” Maybe parting Romeo with “sweet sorrow” was Juliet’s contribution. A more recent, debatable phrase, “alternative facts,” lends itself to the figure of speech.
I’ve just about had enough of the antics of our president. I know this is a strong Republican area, but really folks, enough is enough.