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Columns

  • Day to remember

    March 10, 2003, was the most important date in the history of the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission.

    April 11, 2011, may just be the second most important.

    In 2003, Lebanon Mayor Gary Crenshaw broke a tie that allowed the commission to be created. On Monday, the city council could take a step that will effectively end that commission.

  • Running and racing with my rug rat

    “Hey, momma. Wanna race?”

    It’s a question my four-year-old son, Owen, is asking me constantly these days.

    It doesn’t matter if we’re in the hallway of our house or waking into school - Owen wants to race!

    And, he gets it naturally.

  • Higdon: Hold public officials accountable

    Last week, I reported that both the House and the Senate voted for a responsible approach to resolving the Medicaid budget shortfall. Unfortunately, late Friday, the Governor vetoed all the key accountability provisions and is now left with an open checkbook combined with an unlimited credit card funded with your tax dollars.

  • Don't be afraid of autism

    Sitting in the gymnasium at Lebanon Middle Thursday afternoon waiting for a school assembly to begin, I watch as Trent Higdon helps the sound technician with the microphone. He's doing the mic test, making different sounds and saying different words, trying to perfect the volume.

    Soon, Trent spots me with my fancy camera and reporter's notebook. He comes over to me and immediately starts asking me questions.

    "Are you a newspaper reporter?"

  • Senate Medicaid bill does not need veto

    The State Senate adjourned March 24 having signed the Senate Committee Substitute to House Bill 1, legislation to resolve the Medicaid budget shortfall. Without even a need for a conference committee, the bill passed the House of Representatives overwhelmingly with only two no votes.

  • Bipartisan efforts are good for the Commonwealth

    During the legislative session that ended earlier this month, Kentuckians saw a textbook example of what positive things can happen when both parties in the General Assembly come together and work toward the Commonwealth's greater good.

    The end result was a landmark law that stands as the biggest change to our criminal code since it was overhauled in the mid-1970s. It showed just how effective the legislative process could be when everyone has a seat at the table and a desire to do something truly meaningful.

  • 'TUCKY TRIVIA

    By Don White

    Guest Columnist

     

    The following questions and answers were put together by Don White. How well do you know University of Kentucky basketball?

     

    QUESTIONS

    (1) What was Rick Pitino's record in overtime games as coach of Kentucky?

    (2) Who was the first UK player to wear number 77?

    (3) Where did UK play home games prior to the building of Memorial Coliseum?

    (4) Who was the only UK player from McCreary County?

  • Column: Special session needed to resolve Medicaid issue

    Last fall, when the General Assembly finalized the calendar for the 2011 Regular Session, this past week was scheduled to be one of the quietest of the year. It was set aside as part of a 10-day period known as the veto recess, which gives the governor time to consider legislation sent to him and then gives legislators a chance to use the session's final day to consider vetoes, if any occur.

  • Letter: Financial, political gaps remain on Medicaid

    One week into most narrowly-called special sessions, the General Assembly has completed its work, sent the final legislation to the governor for his signature, and headed home - or at least has a pretty good idea of how long that process might take. Then again, we usually try to have an agreement in place before the special session is called, hoping to save our own time and taxpayers' money. That hasn't been the case for this special session.

  • Life is good for Charlie Sheen, or is it?

    Watching someone self-destruct is disturbing.

    Watching someone you love self-destruct is torture.

    So, last week while most people were laughing at Charlie Sheen, star of “Two And A Half Men,” and his bizarre interviews on television and the radio, I couldn’t help but feel sorry for him.