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George Washington. Thomas Jefferson. Henry Clay. These great Americans grew hemp in the United States long before it became illegal over much of the 20th century. more
“She is 18 years old and she’s scared. She’s getting on a plane today at 1pm on her way to Washington DC to have an abortion…unless she can find a willing family to adopt her baby. If someone will take it, she will have it.” more
Recently, the NFL conducted its annual draft. If you’ve ever watched it, you know there’s much fanfare and excitement surrounding the announcement of who’s chosen for which team. The room goes quiet and all eyes are on the commissioner as he reads the name of the next person selected for a high paying career in professional football. These careers are lifechanging for players and their families. more
The epidemic of illegal drug abuse is one of the most difficult challenges facing our communities. Our region’s harrowing experience with opioids has been well documented and remains an ongoing struggle for those who are addicted and their families. Increasingly, the scourge of methamphetamine abuse has grown alongside opioids as a destructive force tearing apart our communities. more
It’s been 50 years or more since the last time I “competed” in a spelling bee. If I’m remembering correctly, it didn’t end well. more
My brother is getting married this weekend to a lovely girl, both inside and out. Since the ring, her weeks have been filled with appointments to pamper and beautify all for the big day. While brides now prep with concerns for their nails, lashes, hair, tan (and on and on and on), the June bride has always been popular, though her beauty regime and wedding concerns have changed. more
For decades, families in Madison County have lived alongside more than 500 tons of deadly chemical weapons stored at the Blue Grass Army Depot. Now, after years of engagement from the local community, the Depot will begin safely destroying its stockpile. I was honored recently to join this community to cut the ribbon and begin sending these awful weapons to the ash heap of history where they belong. more
To all of the students who recently graduated from a Kentucky college or university, thank you for having the fortitude and determination to make it to the finish line. You’ve achieved something powerful and transformative that will dramatically improve the quality of your life — a college credential. more
After a soggy spring and wet winter, the thought of more precipitation makes Kentuckians over-flow with excitement, right? Maybe not. I hate to rock the boat, but the 2019 edition of the Old Farmer’s Almanac is predicting a rainy summer. more
If you’re a mom like me, you’re likely alarmed over the recent spike in vaping among teens. more
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