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  • Signing bills into laws

    With only two days remaining to consider possible vetoes and some unresolved issues, the General Assembly completed much of its work this legislative session early last week.
    Since the House and Senate only meet for 30 instead of 60 working days in odd-numbered years – and four of those are set aside to elect leaders and appoint committees – we spent the relatively short amount of time we had tackling a fairly long agenda.

  • THEME: SPRING IN THE AIR

    ACROSS
    1. Father of Hector, Paris and Cassandra
    6. Young newt
    9. Perching place
    13. Fungal skin infection
    14. Tap order
    15. Less than right angle
    16. On pins and needles
    17. Bottom line
    18. Isabel Allende’s “Portrait in _____”
    19. *Say ______ to winter and hello to spring
    21. *Celebrated saint
    23. One of peeps
    24. Cobbler’s concern
    25. Mudbath site
    28. Cellist great
    30. *The ______ Spring, led by Alexander Dubcek

  • Law making is like March Madness

    In some ways, the end of a legislative session is not much different from the final weeks of the college basketball season: Both take months of preparation and teamwork to be successful; and both are at their most exciting as the clock winds down.
    That proved to be the case last week as the House and Senate looked for common ground on a wide variety of issues with only a handful of days remaining to meet.

  • “No indictment, no release"

    I have been fielding lots of questions and responding to all kinds of speculation as to why some arrests are not in the newspaper.
    It’s become a regular question from one individual on Wednesday afternoon when he buys his weekly paper to question why a specific arrest has not been published.
    Despite accusations to the contrary, my pockets are not being lined to keep someone’s name out of the paper.

  • Crossword Puzzle

    ACROSS
    1. Old Toyota model
    6. Priestly garb
    9. “Yes, ____!”
    13. Shrek and Fiona, e.g.
    14. Neither
    15. “Dancing with the Stars” number
    16. Country alliances
    17. ___-Wan Kenobi
    18. Potter enemy
    19. *Sweet number
    21. *Some fill out more than one
    23. Mork’s planet
    24. Kind of moss
    25. Company that loves logistics
    28. *The shot clock measures how much you have
    30. Loose Hawaiian unbelted dress

  • Theme: Famous Inventors

    ACROSS
    1. Squirrel away
    6. Young newt
    9. They put the bitter in beer
    13. Jousting pole
    14. Tap choice
    15. Bone-chilling
    16. Cast member
    17. Greater than the whole?
    18. Dismal
    19. *Cotton gin inventor
    21. Do this for a waltz, e.g.
    23. *___ Isaac Newton
    24. Shirts on their backs, e.g.
    25. Farmer’s ___
    28. Turkish honorific
    30. Lots
    35. Brother of Jacob
    37. Uh-oh
    39. Poet’s “below”
    40. Slash mark

  • Retierment Plan still tops state's list

    Long before this year’s legislative session began, my colleagues in the House and Senate and I knew the biggest task before us would be putting the retirement systems for state and local governments on firmer financial ground.
    These systems were doing extremely well as recently as a decade ago, but the country’s two recessions since then have hit them especially hard, much as they have shrunk the state’s budget, which has been cut $1.6 billion over the last five years.

  • Don't be part of the problem, be part of the solution

    Despite the personal feelings towards the new Parks and Recreation, success of recreation really falls onto the shoulders of area citizens.
    For the last several months talk around town has insinuated that personal vendetta was the underlining theme of Parks and Recreation.
    Since I have attended nearly all of the meetings in which recreation was discussed, I feel that I am more qualified to discuss the issue unlike someone who only get’s their information from the rumor mill.

  • $110 million upgrade to Commonwealth Stadium

    FRANKFORT – Although the Kentucky House of Representatives considers a wide variety of bills during any given week of a legislative session, there are times when broad themes emerge.  We had three last week, and they affected our universities, our farmers and our legal system.

  • So... hows business?

    How’s business?
    That’s a question I often get asked. Now, whether they are asking just as greeting or truly want to know how the newspaper business is going is anyone’s guess.
    My response is generally that it’s all good.
    In light of reports of newspapers having to reduce staff and even close in some instances, and all media for that matter, makes the “How’s business?” question much more relevant these days.
    It’s been a tough economy all over. Many people have found themselves or a spouse without jobs.