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Kim Moser: A roundup report on interim committee activities; exploring issues facing legislature

Interim committees met September 9 through 13 for their monthly meetings, bringing together members of the House and Senate to hear from state government officials and members of the public about the issues we will be looking at during the next session. I believe I have shared that this year’s committee meeting schedule has been reorganized, so now almost all of the meetings take place during one...

Ken Ham: Tommy Mitchell of Answers in Genesis was a passionate public speaker and a friend

By Ken Ham Special to the NKyTribune It is with profound sadness that I report on the passing Tuesday of one of my dearest friends and AiG colleague, Dr. Tommy Mitchell. A picture of Mitchell (left) and Ham at the 1999 Nashville-area conference for AiG (provided photos). Indeed, Tommy was one of my closest friends. We had known each other for almost 25 years. Tommy moved from Tennessee to join the...

Commentary: Farm family speaks out against proposed SNAP rule; public comment ends Sept. 23

By Rae Strobel and Adam Barr Barr Farms As farmers who raise high quality fresh, organic vegetables, we want anyone who wants to eat this food to be able to get it; we don’t want our high-quality food to be a luxury. Earlier this month, we joined Community Farm Alliance staff and members, representing over 41 Kentucky farmers markets, to celebrate the success of the Kentucky Double Dollars Program....

Lauren and Rob Hudson: A positive message about nation’s difficulties with saving money, avoiding debt

Columns for families based on the book “It Can Be Done” @studentsleadusa America’s people and America’s government experienced difficulties in saving money and avoiding debt. Fortunately, savings and debt is a matter largely within our control. Today’s older generations chose not to control their debt. For more than a century, our federal government had very little debt. Leading up...

Amye Bensenhaver: KY citizens own the airplane, Governor, and have a right to know how you use it


“The information is out there. The people can see all of the flights that have been taken and can see where the money came from. “The real question is: Why does it matter what the purpose (of the trip) is? Did taxpayers pay for it? If they did, then they should know the purpose. If they didn’t pay for it, it’s none of their business.” This, according to the Bowling Green Daily News,...

Al Cross: As race for governor heats up, both sides are missing an honest discussion on health care

The race for governor has begun in earnest, with both sides using scare tactics. But both sides also seem scared of saying the wrong thing about the most important issue to voters, health care. Yes, health care. That may have been the most surprising news of the week, in the Prichard Committee’s release of its poll, taken in June. Asked which issue “should be the top priority for your elected officials...

Bill Straub: Standing ready to protect Constitution, John Yarmuth stands out in congressional delegation

Rep. John Yarmuth has to be one of the loneliest guys in the nation’s capital. Since he was elected to represent the Third Congressional District, which includes the city of Louisville, in 2006, Yarmuth has served much of his tenure as the lone Democrat in the sea of red that constitutes Kentucky’s congressional delegation. When former Rep. Ben Chandler, D-Versailles, lost his re-election bid...

Melinda Ickes: That may not be regular school supplies in that backpack; talk to your kids about e-cigs

You might be curious to find that many of the products that look like school supplies in a student’s backpack could in fact be e-cigarette devices designed for addiction. While we have seen a decrease in cigarette smoking across the United States, emerging products such as e-cigarettes have taken over and are cause for immediate concern. According to 2018 National Youth Tobacco Survey (NYTS)...

Dennis Keene: We must address the skyrocketing cost of insulin; diabetic patients are at risk

The high cost of insulin was a hot topic during a recent Banking and Insurance Interim Committee meeting this summer. We heard testimony from diabetic patients as well as representatives of the Volunteer Leadership Council on National Diabetes. The bottom line is that the cost of life-saving insulin has skyrocketed to nearly $300 per vial, rendering it unaffordable for many patients. Dennis Keene In...

Lauren and Rob Hudson: Positive messages for youth about saving money and avoiding debt

Columns for families based on the book “It Can Be Done” @studentsleadusa Saving money and avoiding debt is another topic big enough for two columns. This first column will cover why people should try to save money and avoid debt. Next week’s column will explain why it’s important for the country to do the same. Saving money and avoiding debt is one of the most important issues faced by families...

Jeff Rubin: Today is Grandparents Day; age matters — and with it comes wisdom and love to share

Today is Grandparents Day. Signed into law by presidential proclamation in 1978, the statue marking this day lists three purposes for the designation: 1) to commemorate and pay respect to grandparents, 2) to recognize the importance that older people can have on the lives of the young, and 3) to give grandparents the opportunity to show love and support for their children’s children. Not nearly...

Charles Leis: Scholarship tax credits open doors for those who can’t, a choice Kyians can support

It’s time we gave Kentucky families a choice in education.  Not because they can afford it, but because they deserve it.  The Scholarship Tax Credit is the right solution at the right time.  A recent poll of Kentucky voters found that more than 70 percent believe the state’s education system needs significant change, while 65 percent of voters support bringing educational choice programs to...

Amye Bensenhaver: Resisting transparency at all costs — and that’s why open records laws exist

It is deeply disturbing that a public agency — whose compliance with state transparency laws is found by the Kentucky Auditor of Public Accounts to fall “drastically short” — concludes its response to the auditor’s examination with the statement that it “compl[ies] with all governing statutes *to the extent possible.*” This is how the Kentucky Retirement Systems responded to Auditor Mike...

Bill Straub: Deja vu all over again — gun massacres, promise of controls, then nothing; repeat rapid fire

All right, let’s break this one down to its component parts. On the morning of Aug. 3, a gunman, 21-year-old Patrick Crusius, shot and killed 22 people and injured 24 others in El Paso, TX. About 13 hours later, in Dayton, OH, a second gunman shot and killed 10 people and injured 17 others. The incidents brought to 251 the number of mass shootings that have occurred in the United States of America...

Commentary: Skilled-workers law would be a boon for Kentucky businesses, say Chamber executives

Earlier this year in a speech discussing immigration, former President George W. Bush declared Americans need to “dial down the rhetoric, put politics aside and modernize our immigration laws.” The Kentucky business community agrees. Kentucky businesses know we need to get past the rhetoric and divisiveness of the issue and fix our broken immigration system into one that drives job creation and...