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Columns

  • Passing budgets and bills

    FRANKFORT — The Commonwealth’s two-year budget plan continued to dominate much of the Senate’s attention this week.

  • Real Cat lovers bleed blue

    Due to the time of the year, I believe it is time to have a little Cat Talk.

    I am not a sports writer by any means but, since our sports writer is from Indiana, I feel it only fair that the Kentucky basketball team have some kind positive spotlight this week before they go to battle their in-state rivals.

  • We can help families salvage memories

    Cynthiana and Harrison County dodged the March 2 bullet that ripped through other parts of our state.
    Unfortunately, some of those victims lost everything they owned. Houses and barns can be replaced. Roofs can be repaired and new cars can be purchased.
    There are some things that, no matter how much insurance coverage you have, cannot be replaced.
    How devastated would you be if not only did you lose your home, but you also lost all sorts of personal items and photographs?

  • State looks to make Kentucky a safer place for all ages

    FRANKFORT – As the General Assembly enters the final stretch of the 2012 Regular Session, the Kentucky House of Representatives is nearing the end of putting forward its major priorities before it turns its focus to Senate legislation.
    Last week, several high-profile House bills made it through our chamber, with two of the bigger ones targeting abuse and neglect cases.

  • Faith in humanity restored by acts of kindness

    It often amazes me how people come together in order to help others.
    This past year and into 2012 has served as a testament to how groups of people will put their lives on hold in order to help pick someone up from hard times.
    Recently more tornadic weather caused several other families in Kentucky to be left homeless or even worse... without their loved ones.
    In 2011 several tornados swept across the southern part of the United States, killing hundreds and leaving thousands in piles of debris.

  • House of Representatives offer assistance for devastated areas

    FRANKFORT – A little more than a week ago, when I was writing my weekly newspaper column, I had no idea of what the dangerous storms already on the horizon would bring.
    As we all know by now, it was one of the deadliest days in our history, and many communities were hit especially hard. That includes our neighbors to the north, in Pendleton, Campbell and Kenton counties, and in such other areas as West Liberty and East Bernstadt. For some of them, it will take months if not years to rebuild.

  • Spring peppers welcome us back

    Absolutely nothing says spring more than the distant chorus of spring peepers. There is a wooded stream just off Conner Station that is home to a cacophonous band of peepers all competing for as many females as they can.  
    On a warm March evening, especially after a shower, spring peepers remind me of how glorious rural life can be. Just by listening a whole other world can be imagined.
    Male spring peepers are the noise makes.  

  • Connersville school welcomes all alumni for reunion

    If you went to school at Connersville, close your eyes.
    Can you hear the sound of the ping pong ball hitting the table in the gym?
    Can you see Jimmy Fryman, who was tagged “the Champ of the Tramp,” doing flip after flip on the trampoline?
    Can you hear principal and teacher Charlie Tribble walking down the hall?
    Can you see all of the experiments that were lined up for the many science fairs that were held during the school’s short life?

  • House says yes to opening court for abused, neglected children cases

    This past week, the Kentucky House of Representatives spent much of its time focusing on two important groups: Our children and our farmers.
    On Wednesday, for example, the full chamber voted to make viewing child pornography a crime, a move that would close a loophole that has made it tougher to prosecute pedophiles who don’t actually possess the images they view on the internet but don’t keep.

  • Accelerating fuel costs are spring disappointment

    Nothing gives spring’s arrival away better than the ever-growing thorn in all drivers’ sides.
    When I think of spring, I generally think of things that make me happy.
    For example, with spring comes warmer weather, outside events, volleyball, warmer weather, getting a tan, volleyball and the always enjoyed... warmer weather.
    In a small rural community like ours, the farms tend to shine and the scenery, for the most part, looks similar to pictures you might see in a magazine.