• State Rep. Jim Gooch/ Guest Op-Ed

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.

  • By Khalid Chaudry, M.D. Baptist Health Medical Group - Cardiology

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.

  • Jack Strauss, LL.B., JD/ WHAT’S THE LAW

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.

  • Richard Nelson/Guest Columnist

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. 

  • BY DANIEL SUDDEATH dsuddeath@glasgowdailytimes.com
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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.

  • State Rep. Jonathan Shell/ Guest Columnist

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.

  • U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell/ Guest Columnist

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.

  • Jack Strauss/ WHAT’S THE LAW

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.

  • Al Cross/Columnist

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.

  • BY DANIEL SUDDEATH dsuddeath@glasgowdailytimes.com

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.

  • State Rep. Jonathan Shell/Guest Columnist

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.

  • By Ed Zuger

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.

  • Jack Strauss/ WHAT’S THE LAW

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.

  • Ronda Harmon/ Guest Op-Ed

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.

  • BY DANIEL SUDDEATH dsuddeath@glasgowdailytimes.com

Education policy is beginning to rival what we've long said about Kentucky weather in that if you don't like it at the moment, just wait a day. 

  • By Erin Cox Editor

It's been almost six months since I've been living in Corbin — next week will make it exactly six months.