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One Saturday morning years ago, my high school history teacher…

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One Saturday morning years ago, my high school history teacher called to ask if I would accompany him to a family cemetery in Hopkins County. He wanted to find the Thomas Hobgood Cemetery. This is the teacher that awakened in me a love for history; it was because of him that I had decided to…

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Dear Superintendent, We are all well aware that Kentucky is seeing ever-increasing numbers of cases of COVID-19. We are setting new records for infections daily. We would like to thank the districts that have taken the responsible steps by following the CDC guidelines to ensure everyone’s sa…

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When I am home from Washington, I spend a significant amount of time traveling throughout my congressional district and listening to the concerns of my constituents. Some of the regular feedback I receive is that government routinely wastes hard-earned taxpayer dollars and is not accountable…

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Public schools are essential. Experts across numerous disciplines agree that in-person school serves students better than distance learning. Students need to be back with their peers. Parents need schools to re-open to help meet childcare needs. Businesses need schools to open for employees …

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Before I begin this column, I want to address Friday’s announcement that a Circuit Court Judge voided all the Governor’s COVID-19-related executive orders. While I was supportive of much of what the Governor did to slow the spread in the first few days of this pandemic, I have been pretty ou…

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Since I had open heart surgery a decade ago, I have felt that I have a new lease on life. So many things seem new to me. Along with a new heart valve, I have had cataract surgery on both eyes, so I also seem to have new eyes; I look out upon a new world, a fresh environment, in a new way.

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Connecting the dots for health, education and safety is paramount if schools across the Commonwealth are going to re-open. It would be negligent for the Governor, the Public Health Commissioner, the legislature and the Kentucky Board of Education to recommend schools re-open without school n…

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The U.S. Army is preparing to undertake a nationwide enlistment incentive to hire 10,000 new Soldiers during Army National Hiring Days from June 30 to July 2.

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The period between sessions of the General Assembly is called the interim and during that time committee meetings are held to discuss issues that may come up in the next session and to review action that took place during the previous session. These interim committee meetings consist of memb…

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Across the nation, the coronavirus has highlighted issues in our food supply chain, our reliance on foreign countries for medical supplies, and the difference between strong, data-driven leaders and weak ones. But for Kentucky families and workers, perhaps the largest problem is one we’ve at…

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Breonna Taylor, David McAtee, Rayshard Brooks and George Floyd. These are just a few whose deaths have sparked national outrage. They are gone because of unthinkable racial violence and disregard for life representing the antithesis of nursing. Nurses do not stand for, support or tolerate su…

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Sometimes I think that maybe the Civil War is over. But then something comes along to remind me how, in many minds, the war never really ended. Once it was fought with swords, now it’s with symbols.

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Like most Americans, I have always considered the United States an exceptional country. We possess a political system built on checks and balances, an ideal of giving voice to ordinary people across a diverse land, and a Constitution that favors finding common ground among them. Our economy,…

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The Frankfort Independent Schools Board of Education recently unanimously approved HERO pay — a temporary $8 per hour pay increase — for its food service workers for a 7½-week period.

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At a time when little was being done to help churches move toward in-person worship services, leaders from the Kentucky Baptist Convention took the initiative to begin a conversation with Gov. Andy Beshear’s administration.