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Leslie Combs: Washington’s rules governing freight trucking are outdated and in need of change

A lot has changed since 1982, the year Michael Jackson released “Thriller,” the Commodore 64 was introduced and E.T. phoned home. One thing that hasn’t kept up with the times, however, is Washington’s rules governing efficiencies in freight trucking. As a result, these trucks are making hundreds of thousands of extra trips every year, putting unnecessary wear-and-tear on roads and...

Leslie Combs: Hard political lessons can be learned from students who cut the clutter

A group of Pikeville Elementary School sixth graders gave state Rep. Leslie Combs an interesting perspective on current politics (LRC Photo)   By State Rep. Rep. Leslie Combs Special to KyForward   Like virtually every voter, I thought the most recent election season was especially tiring and trying. There has to be a better way, I said.   And then I found it at Pikeville Elementary...

Rep. Leslie Combs: The louder both sides of coal debate get, the less they hear what's said

During the last five years, we have seen the verbal fighting over coal reach ever-greater heights, and the louder both sides have become, the less each seems to hear the other.   Although I have been part of more than a few heated debates – that’s the nature of politics – I have found that, ultimately, diplomacy usually gets me closer to my goal than simply trying to run over the opposition.   That’s...