Today's Opinions

  • Budget woes and proposed solutions bring legislators back to Frankfort

    Less than three months after adjourning the 2009 regular session, my colleagues and I once again find ourselves at the state capitol to address the inevitable - a compounded budgetary shortfall and dismal economic outlook. With the projected shortfall for the upcoming fiscal year surpassing 10 percent, the governor exercised his gubernatorial power to call the legislature to Frankfort for an extraordinary session.

  • Film is dying, but not forgotten

    It's official. Digital wins.

    The Associated Press has reported that Kodak has announced it will discontinue making Kodachrome film.

    I don't say this with any kind of nostalgia for the days of film. There's no question that digital has helped me both take and process photos, but there is something sad about the end of production of color film.

    I realize that Kodak is not the world's only film maker, and Kodachrome isn't the only color film made by Kodak. Yet, I can't help thinking this is the beginning of the end.

  • Difficult Times

    I was listening to the news one morning last week and one of the topics was naturally the economy. The banks, the car manufacturers, mortgage companies and then the words domestic violence came into play. Working with women that are going through domestic violence is my job and naturally when I hear those words, my ears automatically perk up.

    As most of us already know, one out of three women will experience some form of abuse in their lifetime. That is startling enough.

  • Lend a hand, lend a heart

    A small house is being built on Lincoln Avenue in Lebanon. In some ways it's like many other houses in many other small towns.

  • Previewing the 2009 special session

    As you read this article, I am back in Frankfort for the special session called by Governor Beshear. The governor called the special session after the Consensus Forecasting Group predicted a $1 billion shortfall in the 2010 budget. Under Kentucky law, the governor can make adjustments to the budget to offset up to a five percent shortfall. The forecasted shortfall for next year is over ten percent; this requires the General Assembly to convene in order to resolve the shortfall.

  • Numerous bills slated to become state law this month

    When the 2009 General Assembly adjourned on March 26, my colleagues and I were greeted with the public sentiment that too many issues were left unresolved.

  • Creating confusion on the sidewalk

    It was supposed to be easy.

    All I had to do was get on a plane in Louisville, meet up with my son in Rhode Island, and ride back to Kentucky in his car.

    Something any normal person should be able to do with ease.

    Only one problem.   I've never been normal.

    If I was normal, I never would have attempted to walk from my home to downtown Frankfort on the hottest day of the summer last year.

  • Seinfeld, monks offer life lessons

    I've watched a lot of Seinfeld episodes in my day, and I've had a chance to meet and cover some pretty interesting people through my work.

    I bring this up because many people I know and care about are going through some big changes.

    Some are going through big changes in their relationships. Others are preparing to welcome a new life into their lives, and still others will be waiting longer than they anticipated to do so.