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In communities across the country, children are taught from a young age about the importance of getting out on Election Day and voting. The right to vote is the cornerstone of any democracy and an important tool for making our voices heard in the political process.

Franklin D. Roosevelt in his inaugural address said, ‘The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.’ All of us have some kind of fear. It may be fear of public speaking, fear of the dark, fear of dogs, fear of closed in places, or fear of flying, or any other number of fears. We must admit …

2 Timothy 3:2-5 “For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than …

Did you have fun as a kid with your siblings? Argue with them as adults? Were your parents imperfect or absent? Did your grandparents dote on you? Got any family secrets? Do any childhood wounds still need healing? If any of this is true about you, you may feel right at home watching When We…

If things continue on the current trajectory, just in time before the November 3 election, the Supreme Court will have its newest Justice in Amy Coney Barrett. Her appointment to the United States’ highest court seems all but a lock as of this writing. But before that officially happens, she…

What I hope to do each week is to help those who read these 800 or so words to slow down enough to give thought to things we already know, along with some historical and spiritual perspective. There are few weeks that go by that I do not hear from someone, and for that I am thankful.

If God came to you and asked, “What shall I give you,” the character of your heart would ultimately decide your choice.

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If God came to you and asked, “What shall I give you,” the character of your heart would ultimately decide your choice.

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With each passing day, Joe Biden’s campaign strategy looks more brilliant. From the outset, Biden refused to make himself the issue or get in the way of President Trump’s self-immolating behavior.

In Colossians 1:8-14, Paul prays the circle of salvation. An orderly process of our Christian lives is revealed in the verses before us. Redemption and forgiveness come first. Notice the present tense “have.” We are redeemed and forgiven now. We don’t have to wait until later to enjoy the pr…

What are the qualities of a good Supreme Court Justice? The question is relevant since Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the nation’s highest court last weekend.

Many excellent programs are being offered virtually via Zoom. These online programs can be watched in the comfort of your home. I have listened to some while weeding, cooking and other chores. Zoom is very easy to use. The app can be downloaded to your smart phone, tablet or watched online o…

Genesis 1: 1-2 “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.”

Christian history is fascinating in every century but the transition in the fourth century from persecuted to being the official religion of the empire is difficult to top. Transition from persecuted to legal under Constantine in 313, to official under Theodosius in 380, to the criminalizati…

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We do not live in a just world. Keep that in mind if Sunday’s New York Times revelations about President Donald Trump’s tax returns have kindled hope in your breast that he’s finally — finally! — about to get his comeuppance.

For the first time in 130 years, The Salvation Army is starting its annual holiday fundraising campaign early in order to rescue Christmas. The funds raised through the organization’s iconic red kettles are at risk this year due to COVID-19 while requests for services are at an all-time high.

It’s as if the creators of Kentucky’s new social studies standards ran as fast and far away as possible from the many extraordinary individuals throughout history whose achievements provide the “exceptional” in American exceptionalism.

Life can at times seem complicated. The practice of our religious beliefs can and should help. But all too often the childlike simplicity of faith desired by our Lord has a way of being replaced by our human propensity for the complex, and thereby becomes a contributing factor to even furthe…

This passage reveals two kinds of people, believers and unbelievers. The believer who has the Son has life, and the unbeliever who have not the Son does not have life. John 3:18 tells us there are two that are judged. They are condemned or not condemned. It reads, “He that believeth on Him i…

Dave was late so I began the class without him. We were team teaching an undergraduate class in psychology. It was unusual for him to be tardy.

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A year before the Declaration of Independence was signed, pioneers planted the first hemp crop at Clark’s Run Creek in Danville. Fast forward to 2018, which looked to be one of the most momentous years in the history of this storied crop. That’s because President Trump signed the 2018 Farm B…

For the child of God who has been made clean by the precious blood of Jesus, death is swallowed up in victory. Paul writes, I Corinthians 15:55-57, “O death where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? But thanks be to God, who giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” For …

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What would my town be without a newspaper? If you haven’t asked yourself that question, perhaps it is time to consider just what the newspaper means to this community.

The word means arising from the dead. The doctrine is taught both in the old and new testaments. Job of old taught it (Job 19: 25-27). Lazarus experienced it. (John 11:2 3-44). The apostle Paul spoke clearly about it. (I Corinthians 15: 12-56) and (I Thessalonians 4: 13-28).

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In a presidential election year and in the midst of the dual crises of the coronavirus pandemic and widespread economic misery, the divisions among Americans can seem to easily overwhelm the bonds that unite us.

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With each passing day, Joe Biden’s campaign strategy looks more brilliant. From the outset, Biden refused to make himself the issue or get in the way of President Trump’s self-immolating behavior.

Genesis 1: 1-2 “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.”

In Colossians 1:8-14, Paul prays the circle of salvation. An orderly process of our Christian lives is revealed in the verses before us. Redemption and forgiveness come first. Notice the present tense “have.” We are redeemed and forgiven now. We don’t have to wait until later to enjoy the pr…

Many excellent programs are being offered virtually via Zoom. These online programs can be watched in the comfort of your home. I have listened to some while weeding, cooking and other chores. Zoom is very easy to use. The app can be downloaded to your smart phone, tablet or watched online o…

What are the qualities of a good Supreme Court Justice? The question is relevant since Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the nation’s highest court last weekend.

Christian history is fascinating in every century but the transition in the fourth century from persecuted to being the official religion of the empire is difficult to top. Transition from persecuted to legal under Constantine in 313, to official under Theodosius in 380, to the criminalizati…

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We do not live in a just world. Keep that in mind if Sunday’s New York Times revelations about President Donald Trump’s tax returns have kindled hope in your breast that he’s finally — finally! — about to get his comeuppance.

Life can at times seem complicated. The practice of our religious beliefs can and should help. But all too often the childlike simplicity of faith desired by our Lord has a way of being replaced by our human propensity for the complex, and thereby becomes a contributing factor to even furthe…

This passage reveals two kinds of people, believers and unbelievers. The believer who has the Son has life, and the unbeliever who have not the Son does not have life. John 3:18 tells us there are two that are judged. They are condemned or not condemned. It reads, “He that believeth on Him i…

It’s as if the creators of Kentucky’s new social studies standards ran as fast and far away as possible from the many extraordinary individuals throughout history whose achievements provide the “exceptional” in American exceptionalism.

For the first time in 130 years, The Salvation Army is starting its annual holiday fundraising campaign early in order to rescue Christmas. The funds raised through the organization’s iconic red kettles are at risk this year due to COVID-19 while requests for services are at an all-time high.

Dave was late so I began the class without him. We were team teaching an undergraduate class in psychology. It was unusual for him to be tardy.

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A year before the Declaration of Independence was signed, pioneers planted the first hemp crop at Clark’s Run Creek in Danville. Fast forward to 2018, which looked to be one of the most momentous years in the history of this storied crop. That’s because President Trump signed the 2018 Farm B…

For the child of God who has been made clean by the precious blood of Jesus, death is swallowed up in victory. Paul writes, I Corinthians 15:55-57, “O death where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? But thanks be to God, who giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” For …

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What would my town be without a newspaper? If you haven’t asked yourself that question, perhaps it is time to consider just what the newspaper means to this community.

The word means arising from the dead. The doctrine is taught both in the old and new testaments. Job of old taught it (Job 19: 25-27). Lazarus experienced it. (John 11:2 3-44). The apostle Paul spoke clearly about it. (I Corinthians 15: 12-56) and (I Thessalonians 4: 13-28).

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In a presidential election year and in the midst of the dual crises of the coronavirus pandemic and widespread economic misery, the divisions among Americans can seem to easily overwhelm the bonds that unite us.

Genesis 3:13 “And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.”

Despite thousands of residents making the effort to sign a petition opposing a huge property tax increase approved by the Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) Board of Education during pandemic-ridden May, the district’s going to the mat to keep voters from having a say.

A pandemic is an essentializing force; it strips away the frosting of rhetoric and habit and forces us to confront bare realities. Nowhere is this more apparent than in higher education, which over the past few decades has been one of two sectors that have just kept increasing their prices, …

Asian longhorned tick has been confirmed in three counties in Kentucky — Floyd, Martin and Metcalfe — according to Ric Bessin and Jonathan Larson, University of Kentucky entomologists. The samples were found on a black bear, elk and cow, respectively. In Metcalfe County the cow was reported …

Being a good steward of your tax dollars is, to me, one of the most important tenets of good government. I believe you sent me here to Frankfort to be a guardian of that resource. So, when I see any government entity spending massive amounts of money without input from the legislature, I ask…

Crape myrtles in western Kentucky suffered partial or total kills of the top portions of the trees this spring. Trees and shrubs had lost their winter dormancy when the April 15 and 16 freeze occurred with temperatures dropping to between 27-29 degrees in this area.

It was a busy week in Frankfort as several Interim Joint Committees met to discuss issues the state is facing. The common theme in all the committee meetings continues to be COVID-19. This virus appears to be with us for the near future, so it is important to find safe, effective, common sen…

Public safety is one of the most important responsibilities of government. During the 2020 Regular Session, my colleagues and I made public safety a top priority. We approved several measures aimed at protecting our most vulnerable, many of which became effective July 15.

With the first full month of interim joint committee meetings behind us, this week I want to share some insight we gained during the last few meetings.

The men’s locker room at the downtown YMCA in Frankfort has a flat screen TV on the wall. Every morning when I go there to swim, it’s blaring out the daily dosage of bad news. If no one else is in the locker room, I turn it off. If someone is there watching it, I politely endure.

While working on the House Floor during a session, many of my colleagues and I step into the Speaker’s Office to take phone calls, have a conversation, or greet constituents. This year, I noticed something new — a beautiful quilt sewn together from pieces of red, white, and blue fabric and d…

Most of the time, helping the people of our community navigate state government is one of my favorite parts of being a legislator.

Gardening is a wonderful pastime with many benefits. Garden produce can supplement grocery shopping, potentially lowering monthly food costs, It provides moderate intensity exercise. It also tends to improve self-esteem, increase happiness and improve sleep. It can be great for family health…

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Lyon County High School Class of 2020 ended a school year like no other in history, with all 58 graduates spending the last two months of their compulsory education learning at home through non-traditional instruction. This group of seniors missed out on a final season of spring sports, a se…

To the graduates of 2020, I want to extend my congratulations and best of luck on your future endeavors. Whether you are graduating from high school or college, you have worked and prepared your whole life for the day you get to hear your name called, walk across a stage, and receive your di…

The text alert arrived with a call to action. I needed to verify with my data breach monitoring company that a cable company had my permission to check my financial background, allowing me to consider them as a streaming entertainment provider. Like many Kentuckians who have been Healthy at …

Before I begin this week’s session review, I would like to share an update regarding the Primary Election. I hope you are already aware that the Governor and Secretary of State worked together to postpone this year’s primary from May 18 to June 23 and expand the absentee voting options to in…

As part of Team Kentucky, Andy Beshear and I made a commitment to be good teammates to our fellow Kentuckians, to end the divisive political rhetoric and verbal attacks by demonstrating the compassion, empathy and leadership we believe they deserve.

Kentucky does not have the best track record when it comes to health. We come close to leading the nation in all the wrong things — particularly chronic illnesses like diabetes, heart disease, obesity. Lifestyle choices contribute to the prevalence of diseases, but access to quality medical …

Over the past few years, Kentucky has become one of the most military-friendly states in the nation. A big part of this is that we are without a doubt a patriotic people with communities that welcome active duty and retired military members. We have also earned this reputation by enacting sm…

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As we near the end of (non-traditional instruction) NTI and the school year, I wish to pause to focus a bit on the positives of the past two months. Little did we know that when we began discussion about NTI, this would be how we concluded the school year. Certainly, challenges arose and our…

Newspapers in the United States have traveled rough seas to the First Amendment freedoms we enjoy today. From the colonial Stamp Act through wartime censorship to today, when thousands of newspapers were slammed with the public health emergency known as COVID-19, people who work for newspape…

With the 2020 Regular Session behind us, I hope to use my legislative updates to review some of the work we did this session. It makes sense to start with education, since so much depends on both how we approach this issue and how successful we are. Investing wisely will prepare Kentucky chi…