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Columns

  • Random thoughts from a reporter’s perspective

    You know, writing something that is of interest to the public every week may sound like an easy job, but I beg to differ.
    It is my week to write a column that has some kind of human interest to it.
    I am drawing the biggest blank and find it hard to fill up the space where my picture and story goes.
    I thought that I might just start talking about my week and see how far that gets me. Please don’t hold anything personal against me.
    For starters, Bass Webb was in Harrison County for a status hearing.

  • We’ve come a long way, baby

    In just a few weeks I will celebrate 35 years at The Cynthiana Democrat.
    Hard to believe I have been here this long. When I started, my colleagues and mentors referred to me as “the baby,” since I was barely 18 years old and had just graduated from high school.
    The day I was hired, I was asked to immediately go to work that afternoon... no drug test, no physical, no typing test and no computer!

  • Beshear calls special session to discuss Medicaid cuts, high school drop out age

    FRANKFORT – When the General Assembly arrived at the Capitol in early January, the top priority for everyone was already clear: Close an unexpected deficit in Medicaid.

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  • Counting calories ends with spending more for less

    Not even a week into a diet and I am already realizing  just one package of Double Stuffed Oreos, with a giant glass of whole milk in a frosted glass is cheaper than eating apples and reduced fat peanut butter.
    Recently my wife went to the doctor and had her cholesterol and lipids (whatever those are) checked.
    Given her past medical history and her family’s medical history, it was no surprise that both were found to be almost four times the level that they should be.

  • New law could save $40 million in annual prison expenses

    FRANKFORT - The General Assembly wrapped up an especially busy week on Friday, putting the final touches on a number of prominent bills.
    None were more far-reaching than the one that Gov. Beshear signed on Thursday.  It’s a sensible first step toward trying to slow the growth of a prison population that is nearly 50 percent larger than it was a decade ago.
    We now spend well over $400 million a year to house about 21,000 prisoners, and that is taking money from other programs like education.

  • It was time to tweak state’s expensive criminal code

     FRANKFORT -Very few truly transformational reforms ever make it through the legislative process. Our two-chamber system was designed by the framers for just that purpose -- to slow down hasty overhauls and focus on incremental changes -- a tweak here and there to fix the current problems, rather than scrapping entire systems.

  • Hello March!

    I’m usually somewhat sluggish about flipping the calendar.
    I don’t know why. Perhaps someone with a bunch of letters after his name would say it has something to do with not wanting to let go.
    However, it was with exuberance that my February pages hit the recycle bin and heralded in the lamb’s version of March.
    I have three calendars in my office; two are flipped and one is a rip-away.
    It was with great fanfare that I tore off February.
    My theory:
    This winter has been interminably long.

  • Frankfort Focus

    Each legislative session essentially has two distinct periods, with the first dedicated to the House and Senate setting their respective agendas and the second, much shorter one seeing where both sides can find common ground.
    It is too soon to say what ultimately will cross the finish line, but this week is when most of those decisions will be made.  It promises to be a busy time.
    As we look for consensus, there is hope in the House that we can do something this year to help both our youth and our senior citizens.

  • Legislature moving numerous bills through shortened General Assembly

    As the General Assembly prepares for the final third of the 2011 Regular Session, it’s a good time to step back and see what has taken place.
    The Kentucky House of Representatives has approved what I think are some sensible moves forward for the Commonwealth. In some of the higher profile bills, we have worked to increase the high school dropout age from 16 to 18; we are trying to crack down on convicted drunk drivers to keep them from drinking and driving again; and we have attempted to close what would be a very sizeable gap in Medicaid if nothing is done.