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Columns

  • Let's learn to celebrate responsibly

    Kentucky has received a lot of attention in the past week.

    The hype surrounding the Final Four and Monday night's NCAA men's basketball championship game has focused a national spotlight on the Bluegrass State. While fans of the Cards and Cats certainly had plenty to cheer about, not everything reported has been positive news.

    First, a report about two fans getting in a fight at a dialysis clinic was either trumpeted in the national media as an example of the passion of local fans or something to laugh about.

  • Senate prepares its budget proposal

  • The Katie Cambron Story

    By Ken Begley
    Guest Columnist

    "Can't" never "did" nothing.
    - Unknown author

    . . . is just beginning.

  • End of legislative session is in sight

    In one key way, legislative sessions are a lot like March Madness: The intensity picks up as the number of days winds down. That makes this week, then, the General Assembly's version of the Final Four.

  • Feeling fine despite the pink slime

    It was widely reported recently that companies that process ground beef for retail grocery stores add pink slime.
    Pink slime is basically beef trimmings that have been sprayed with ammonia to kill the e. coli and salmonella germs in the trimmings.
    ABC TV News showed people all upset because they weren't aware of what was being added to the meat.
    I really don't have a problem with these added beef trimmings. I've probably eaten it for years and thus far, I'm feeling just fine.

  • MCHS making wishes come true

    Someone once said, "Raising teenagers is like nailing Jell-O to a tree."

    I vaguely remember what being a teenager was like, only I had a twin sister to boot. Twin teenage daughters... My mom probably wondered what she did to deserve such torture.

    After all, teenagers can be a real pain.

  • Final rush of bills as the end of session nears

    We are entering the home-stretch of the 2012 General Assembly with the attendant rush of bills as legislators feel the urgency of the dwindling days. The Senate had a very full week with legislation, committee meetings, and we received the budget proposal from the House as well as the state's road plan. Visits from groups ranging from home-schoolers to the AARP to 4H also came to the capitol to see their legislator and press for their causes.

  • House focuses on youngest, oldest citizens

    Most legislation that the General Assembly passes each year falls in one of two categories: It either protects, or it promotes.

    That was especially evident this past week in the Kentucky House of Representatives, which voted for bills that range from further limiting abuse of our youngest and oldest citizens to helping more students in the coalfields of Eastern Kentucky get their four-year college degree.

  • Continue to remember tornado victims

  • House makes its budget proposal

    For the last several years, the biggest challenge facing the General Assembly and Governor Steve Beshear has been keeping the state on track as it weathers the toughest worldwide recession in more than 70 years.