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  • Way Back When

    10 years ago . . .

  • Last night, I experienced something new...
  • Senate reconvenes after Martin Luther King Jr. Day

    After a pause in legislative work last Monday to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the Senate reconvened Tuesday in a joint session with the House to hear the governor’s budget proposal.
    Determining the state’s two-year budget is the most daunting, time-consuming task we undertake in the legislature.  
    As you can imagine, getting a majority of 138 lawmakers -- who represent varied ideologies and communities across the state -- to agree on any bill is hard.  It was never meant to be effortless.  

  • Okay winter, you can go now...

    I decided this week that my heavy coat -- the one I rarely wear, because, well... because let’s say I seldom get cold -- needs to be laundered.
    However, with this winter’s weather, I dare not give it a good soaking for fear that I may need it before the heavy fluff has time to dry.
    I’ve never been a big fan of cold weather. I could use stronger words, such as hate and detest, or loathe and abhor, but you already get my “drift.”

  • Crossword Puzzle Solution
  • Crossword Puzzle

    ACROSS
    1. *”Love Me Tender” performer
    6. “And She ___” by Talking Heads
    9. “For Whom the ____ Tolls”
    13. Wall coat
    14. B&B, e.g.
    15. *He fell in love with a face “that launched a thousand ships”
    16. February “People,” e.g.
    17. Parental involvement org.
    18. Trojan War story
    19. *He fell in love with Little Red-Haired Girl
    21. ______’s fee
    23. Old age, archaic
    24. Display displeasure

  • Of bad weather prophets and the quest for the perfect sled hill

    When city salt trucks skid and slide to the curb on the less steep side of Bridge Street hill, you know that the winter storms have taken it to a whole new level.

    I suppose it was inevitable that brutal winters would re-assert themselves in this area. Two years of relatively mild cold seasons is about all we can expect.

  • Crossword Puzzle Solution
  • Crossword Puzzle

    ACROSS
    1. Abstains from food
    6. Female sib
    9. Like Homer Simpson’s head
    13. Freeze
    14. Notable time
    15. Andrea Bocelli, e.g.
    16. Third rock from the sun
    17. “I thee ___”
    18. Loosen laces, e.g.
    19. *Number of participating Olympic sports
    21. *Kerrigan’s nemesis
    23. Nest egg
    24. Poacher’s trophy
    25. A small amount of liquid
    28. Shining armor
    30. Ultra bookworm
    35. Viewer’s appreciation
    37. Riyadh native

  • Senate tasked with developing budget during 60-day session

    By Sen. Walter Blevins Jr.

    The Kentucky General Assembly convened Jan. 7 for the 2014 regular session.  More than 200 bills have already been filed and are working their way through the legislative process.