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Columns

  • Obamacare's strain on Medicaid

     

    Mitch McConnell

    U.S. Senator

    Obamacare has proven to be a disaster for Kentucky. It has caused 280,000 residents to lose health insurance plans they already have. And Obamacare is taking away the ability for many to visit the doctors and hospitals they like. Now to that list of problems, add one more: Obamacare's Medicaid expansion. It very likely will cost the taxpayers of Kentucky dearly in the years to come and degrade access to care for many in the commonwealth.

  • Libraries are a gift to us all

     

    Terry Mills

    State Representative

    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 the 13 original colonies.

  • The threat of eminent domain

     

    On a frigid afternoon this past Tuesday, Dec. 10, some 65 people representing different expressions of faith gathered on the Boone Farm in Nelson County, affirming their belief that God is not pleased with what hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") is doing to his creation.

  • No shame in tears

    This particular emergency room is all too familiar to me. I know the room numbers and their location almost by memory now, having been called upon to pray here more times than I care to recall.

    But every situation is a bit different; this one caught me by the throat.

    I had known Colin since he was a pup, baptized him, watched him grow to young adulthood, and prayed over him when he left home on the way to fulfilling his dream of a military career.

  • Being Santa's helper

    For 17 Christmases now, I've been helping Santa Claus. It's been fun for me and my wife as we have searched for the presents our son has asked to have under the tree Christmas morning. But it hasn't always been easy.

    This year's must-have item at our house has been the Sony Playstation 4. The new video game system has been next to impossible to find in stores, and our search has been going on since the system released in November.

  • Political talk heats up

     

    Politics aren't for everyone, I know.

    But politics impact all of us, and Taylor County residents have a chance to be the change they want to see in the local political scene.

    Next May, Taylor Countians will go to the polls and select the candidates they want to face off in the November primary election.

    Next year, we will select a mayor and judge/executive, our sheriff and jailer, magistrates and city council members, our district and circuit court judges and state representative and senator, among other officials.

  • Reflecting on Thanksgiving

     

    Sara Beth Gregory

    State Senator

    Greetings and happy holidays from Frankfort. Although legislative committees and task forces continue to meet this month, the interim period between legislative sessions is beginning to wind down. Even while not in session, it's been a busy time hearing from many across the state about legislative issues as we approach the 2014 General Assembly.

  • Thanksgivukkah, Franksgiving or Thanksmas?

     

    It won't happen again until the year 79811. That's 77,798 years from now. So if you're Jewish, enjoy the moment.

    I'm referring to the concurrence of Thanksgiving and Hanukkah. Some American Jews are calling it Thanksgivukkah.

    Actually Hanukkah begins on the Wednesday evening before Thanksgiving, which this year falls on Nov. 28. It's a rare occasion for Jews to celebrate two holidays at once, one uniquely American - Thanksgiving - and the other singularly Jewish.

  • A time to be thankful

    Thanksgiving is near. This is the time we give thanks for all of our blessings.

    The city is very thankful that some projects are nearing completion. The renovation of the old library building into the new Campbellsville Civic Center is nearing completion.

  • 'Like' is a four-letter word

    At the risk of sounding like a grouchy old person who just doesn't understand the younger generation, I'm going to share an issue with you that has finally bubbled over, and I can no longer quietly tolerate it.

    I'm not sure when it started, but somewhere in the last few years, perhaps even farther back, I've noticed that younger people have been using the word "like" way too often, and they're also using it incorrectly.