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Editorial: Attempt at power grab by legislators reeks of hypocrisy

Kentucky voters decided in November that they had had enough of the heavy-handed tactics and autocratic tendencies of Republican Gov. Matt Bevin, and replaced him with Democrat Andy Beshear. Now, with Beshear in office, Republican legislators have decided to pick up where Bevin left off. The GOP majority in the state Senate has passed a bill that would strip control […]

Medical marijuana deserves OK

We believe that people who are suffering from terminal illnesses that cause immense pain should have options to help mitigate that pain. No one with a terminal illness should have to live out the remainder of his or her life in pain. Forcing a person to endure such discomfort is simply inhumane, which is why more options should be available […]

Jenkins Post Office thanks those who helped in flood

To the Editor: On behalf of the Jenkins Post Office and our employees, I’d like to thank Jenkins Mayor Todd Depriest and the Jenkins Fire Department for offering space to us during the recent floods when we were forced to evacuate our facility. Because of their quick response and generosity, we were able to provide mail delivery to many of […]

Lawmakers work together on cutting high insulin costs



The House may consider a wide variety of issues during any given week of a legislative session, but there are times when themes emerge, which is what we saw last week with the passage of two significant bills that that would improve the health of potentially hundreds of thousands of Kentuckians. The first of those, House Bill 12, received unanimous […]

How Trumpcare could cut costs


In 2016, candidate Donald Trump promised to repeal Obamacare and replace it with “something terrific.” The replacement never materialized. The repeal, however, has been making progress in a piece-by-piece fashion. President Trump has made a frontal assault on the Affordable Care Act by asking the U.S. Supreme Court to strike it down altogether. As it happens, Obamacare has become popular, […]

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Ill-advised attempt to censor press


Press freedom and informed citizenship go hand in hand. This sacred right is guaranteed to all citizens under the First Amendment to the Constitution. As a country, we are a better place because the press enjoys protection. Newspapers also enjoy First Amendment protections. Our job is to gather and accurately report news stories that inform the public. Some of our […]

Bill would restore old black lung rules



For several other eastern Kentucky legislators and me, the high point of last week didn’t happen at the Capitol but back here at home as we welcomed Governor Andy Beshear to the region. It meant a lot to me that, during his time in Pikeville, he promoted my legislation to restore longstanding rules that had helped coal miners diagnosed with […]

Bernie Sanders not doing so hot


Bernie Sanders was supposed to run away with the New Hampshire primary. This is his kind of state, where Democrats are mostly educated liberals. Yet the national celebrity from next-door Vermont bested Pete Buttigieg, recently an unknown from Indiana, by less than 4,000 votes. It appears they are both walking off with nine delegates. And that was after Buttigieg had […]


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