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Columns

  • Senate gets to work during opening week of the General Assembly

    Usually, the first week is an organizational week during which the different parties elect their leadership. This year was different. When we announced the Senate Majority legislative agenda in December, we committed to move aggressively on passing legislation regarding job creation, education, and transparent and responsive government. With the passage of these bills, the "Agenda for Prosperity," very few can say we didn't deliver on that promise this first week.

  • Don’t toss old seeds, test them

     

  • Low expectations

    Last week, I spoke with our local state legislators, State Rep. Terry Mills and State Sen. Jimmy Higdon.

    While both are in the majority party in their respective houses of the Kentucky legislature, neither has established the seniority or the political clout to assume a leadership position just yet, which is to say neither is likely to have tremendous influence on how things shake out at the Capitol between now and the end of March.

  • Drive smart, safe and under the speed limit

    By Beth Flanagan

    Guest Columnist

     

    I left Lebanon some 18 years ago and have recently moved back. While I was gone, one of my favorite memories of this town was the slower pace and general friendliness of its people. Now that I am living here again, I wonder what has happened to my hometown. I see rude, careless and stupid drivers everywhere I go. Let me cite several examples.

  • Resist temptation to continue bad habits

     

  • Setting an agenda for the 2011 General Assembly

    By Jimmy Higdon

    State Senator

     

    The Senate majority gathered Dec. 9-10 to discuss the upcoming session and lay out legislative priorities. The session will only be 30 days; we have only a brief time so we have to make the most of it and respond to the issues we heard from voters in the fall.

  • An act of defiance?

    By Joseph B. Stevens
    Guest columnist

    As I listened to the Marion County School Superintendent's defiant tone on the radio this morning, he sounded like a person that is threatened by the incoming school board, and he also sounded like he was challenging the new school board to bring facts to the table about what is happening in Marion County schools. So, let's lay some facts on the table:

  • 'Mommy, is this fattening?'

    "Mommy, is this fattening?" my four-year-old son asked as I sat down on the couch beside him with a bowl of popcorn.
    Completely shocked, I replied, "No, honey, it's not fattening. And you don't need to worry about that anyway."
    As he began to munch on the popcorn and watch his favorite Spiderman cartoon, I wondered to myself, "Why on earth would he ask such a thing? He's four years old, why would he even care?"
    But, I already knew why. And, I'm ashamed to say that I'm to blame.

  • Show that you care

    Can you imagine leaving your family, your home and basically all of your belongings and starting your life from scratch?

    Last week, I met a woman who has been forced to do just that. She is a victim of domestic violence. Or, rather, I should say she is a survivor.

  • How to deal with debt collectors

    By Linda Ireland

    Landmark News Service

     

    A debt collector yelled at me this morning. I tried to yell back - but I think she hung up the phone before I got to that point.

    And I think it was a debt collector. She had all the required traits - attitude, persistence, hide like a water buffalo.

    The funny thing is ? it wasn't my debt.