• Someone's gotta lose

    Senate Bill 151, which would have permitted seven casinos to open in Kentucky, died in the Senate by a 21-16 vote.
    Naturally, as is the way in politics these days, those in support of the bill immediately blamed Senate President David Williams. Williams moved ahead with a vote even though a key supporter, Gerald Neal, was out of town the day the votes were cast.

  • 'The Blind Side' comes alive


    She was funny, smart and had a take-charge attitude, just like in the movie.

    And, just like in the movie, I took away a life lesson that we should help those who are in need.

    Those who have seen the movie “The Blind Side” are familiar with Leigh Ann Tuohy, the woman Sandra Bullock portrays.

    Tuohy and her family adopted a boy who didn’t have anything ... no family, money, clothing or any clue about what he was doing with his life. That’s truly being a part of something bigger than yourself.

  • Writer looks for faster response times for cardiac arrest victims

    If someone you know has a sudden cardiac arrest and you’re relying entirely on the local EMS to save them, what do you think their chances of survival are? Fifty percent, 75 percent or 90 percent?

  • Us, we and them

    When it comes to sports, I’ve always loved my favorites — the Kentucky Wildcats, the Cincinnati Reds, the New York Yankees and Indianapolis Colts — but it dawned on me recently just how personally many of us fans take wins and losses.
    If you’re a UK fan, you have no choice but to hate Duke. As any UK fan knows, that nasty taste that comes into your mouth when you hear the word “Duke” spoken is the result of nothing but the 1992 NCAA Tournament, and what they did to us and our hopes of reaching the Final Four with The Unforgettables.

  • What becomes of the broken hearted?

    His lips quivered as tears moistened his eyes. But maybe that was just my imagination.
    No, I could have sworn I saw his lower lip quivering. And no mistaking, I heard his voice cracking just a bit.

  • Who was (is) D.B. Cooper?


    I can’t remember when or where I first heard the story of D.B. Cooper. I was just a child, I know that. I likely caught the story on Unsolved Mysteries or some similar show.

    From the moment the tale came on my radar, I was captivated. Those unsolved mysteries and conspiracies always demand my attention.

  • It's everybody's animal shelter


    “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”
    -Mahatma Gandhi

    As I write this, she’s curled up beside me, snoring ever so softly. On her back, she has her paws in the air, with her belly for all to see.

    Another one is just on the other side of me, and she, too, is sound asleep. She’s curled in a ball, not making any sound.

    The other one, the big brother, is at full attention, chasing a pesky fly. He is, after all, the protector of the house.

  • Legislature continues to handle key issues

    By Sen. Jimmy Higdon
    We are now a quarter way through session. Bills are flowing through the committee process and arriving on the Senate floor for consideration before the entire chamber.
    Three bills won passage this week and will now head to the House of Representatives.

  • Prayers, for everyone

    We pray for our friends and family members when they have a need. If we hear of a neighbor who is sick, or perhaps going through a tough time in their life, we pray for them. At times, things in this life can be so difficult that offering a prayer is all we can do for someone.
    But what if the person on your mind happens to be famous, and you don’t really know them, but you still feel the need to pray for them? Should you add them to a prayer list in your church?

  • Remembering the service of a former police chief

    My son John and I were discussing our long history of working with Dennis Benningfield over the past years, primarily since l988 when he became a detective with the Kentucky State Police. At the time I was the Commonwealth’s Attorney for Green, Taylor, Marion and Washington counties, and John soon became an assistant.