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Columns

  • Share your views on current issues

    As we get ready to close out 2013, let me wish you and your family a happy New Year!
    It’s time again for members of the Kentucky General Assembly to meet for a 60-day legislative session that is frequently called a “budget session.” During this time, my colleagues and I will work to develop a two-year budget for state government. We will also discuss other issues important to Kentuckians, including jobs, economic development, education and health care.

  • Just one man’s opinion

    State Sen. Jimmy Higdon has submitted a survey seeking input from his constituents on a variety of issues that may come up during the next General Assembly.
    Higdon’s survey can be found elsewhere on this page. What you’ll see below are my views on those issues.
    1. Do you support pro-life legislation?

  • Just one man’s opinion

    State Sen. Jimmy Higdon has submitted a survey seeking input from his constituents on a variety of issues that may come up during the next General Assembly.
    Higdon’s survey can be found elsewhere on this page. What you’ll see below are my views on those issues.
    1. Do you support pro-life legislation?

  • Kentucky knows how to celebrate the holidays

    It may seem to start a little earlier every year, and it may fatten our waistlines while it thins our wallets, but there really is no time more special than the holidays.
    That is especially true here in the Commonwealth, where there is always something to do to get in the spirit of the season, from Christmas parades and concerts to numerous events at our churches, schools and state parks.

  • Tough Decisions

    On Dec. 6, we heard a report on the scanner of a serious automotive accident on Danville Highway. I went to the scene and took photos. 

    Shortly thereafter, I started seeing posts on Twitter indicating that Colin Whitfill, 19, died as a result of the accident. The Kentucky State Police confirmed that in a press release about the accident.

    In our coverage of that tragedy, we included a picture of the vehicle.

  • Public libraries are a true gift

    Of all the gifts that Benjamin Franklin gave us, one of the most far-reaching has to be establishing the forerunner of our country’s public libraries.

    They have been a mainstay in Kentucky almost from the beginning, when the first opened in 1795 at what is now Transylvania University in Lexington. Some historians believe it was also the first outside of the 13 original colonies.

  • Mandela’s life was a lesson in leadership

    By Randy Patrick

    Landmark News Service

  • Finally, something spectacular

    By Joberta Wells

    Landmark News Service

    I was not a pretty baby when I was born. I looked like Winston Churchill but it is my opinion that all new babies look like ol’ Winston. They don’t start getting cute until they are around 6 to 8 months old.

  • This is art, you blockhead!

    I walked into a sixth grade classroom last week and I counted at least four students who I had recently watched perform on stage at Angelic Hall.
    “Isn’t that something,” I thought. These children are starring in musicals and plays in their hometown. How cool is that?
    I’ll answer that question for you - it’s very cool.

  • Christmas greetings

    We find ourselves close to Christmas again, the time of year signifying an end and a beginning. An end to a year that culminates with this celebration of Christmas, and a look ahead to the new year full of promise and possibilities. 
    However, it feels like we just got up from the Thanksgiving table, with the holiday so much later in November this year. With this shorter time period between the two holidays, time is even more precious than usual, and fulfilling obligations to work, family, friends and community are more difficult, often causing more stress.