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Columns

  • Celebrate the true meaning of Memorial Day
  • What's not to like about a Princess Cruise?

    Let me be the first to admit I was not sure what to expect on our 10-night cruise aboard Coral Princess from Ft. Lauderdale to the Panama Canal and back.

    It had been more than 40 years since my wife and I had been on a cruise — and I really wasn’t sure I wanted to be on this one.

    However, am I ever glad that I went. I didn’t just like it. I loved it, and we’ve already signed up for another Princess Cruise.

  • No quit in her

    Have you ever met someone who literally does not quit? 

    As in, a person who doesn’t have the “quit” gene, so to speak.

    A person who sets her mind to doing something, and she’s going to do it no matter what gets in her way. No injury, obstacle, deadline or natural disaster is going to get in the way of accomplishing her goal.

  • What if everyone gives 5 percent?

    Imagine the difference we could make in the Marion County community if $490,000 in grants were available to our local nonprofit organizations each year. 

    In the next 10 years, nearly $196 million will transfer from one generation to the next in Marion County. That is just our piece of the $7.7 trillion transfer of wealth that will ripple through this country over the next decade. 

  • Suddenly springing into summer

    Spring is upon us in Kentucky. It is a time of celebration with Mother’s Day festivities wrapping up, graduation ceremonies and Memorial Day around the corner.

    This month is also Lyme Disease Awareness Month, and I encourage you to participate in the many events being held around the Commonwealth to raise awareness for this condition. LymeDisease.org has developed a Lyme Disease symptom checklist to help you document your exposure to Lyme Disease and common symptoms.

  • Full transparency

    In today’s political climate, government agencies should be going out of their way to be completely transparent.

    Last week, the Marion County Board of Education chose not to when they held a budget work session at noon on a Monday and chose not to record their discussion.

    I specifically asked for the work session to be recorded. 

  • LTADD marks 50 years of strengthening communities

    We have a great deal to be proud of in the Lincoln Trail Region. Our economy is strong. Our communities are regularly recognized on the national stage for any number of things – tops in start-ups, among the safest, a great place to do business, an ideal spot to retire, and much more. 

  • Road plan update, honoring teachers and state employees

    One of the most important functions of my job as your state representative is to fight for funding for key road and bridge projects in our communities.

  • Men and women of honor

    We hear so much bad news at times that it crowds out the good. We begin to think there are no honorable people going out of their way to make our communities a better place to live in and to be proud of. You would be wrong to feel that way. There are good people and organizations still out there. One such group is called the Marion County Veterans Honor Guard.

    Today I want to tell you about these honorable men and women.

  • One size does not fit all

    I always know spring is here and summer is coming because suddenly everyone starts panicking about being “summer body” ready. Suddenly everyone wants to shed a couple pounds and tone up for the summer. Me, too. Sometimes, I find myself comparing my body to other women before I even realize what is happening, and when I finally realize it, I feel pretty lousy.