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Columns

  • Some odd news for hard times

    Let's face it. The news is pretty bleak right now. Recession is almost always the headline of the day. So, with all of downbeat stuff going on, it's reassuring to know that there are still some people out there doing things that bring much-needed chuckles to us news hounds.

    We all know the joke about the Maytag repairman with nothing to do. Apparently, that is not just a sales pitch.

    Nevada appliance storeowner Darin Jerome French has been charged with 36 counts of wire fraud for submitting false repair claims.

  • Jake and Julie and me

    Marley’s got nothing on my cats. For those of you who have seen the movie “Marley & Me” or read the book of the same name by John Grogan, you know that Marley isn’t a good dog. He chews on just about everything, doesn’t mind his owners’ reasonable requests and generally destroys everything in his path.

    Sounds a lot like my two cats, Jake and Julie.

    I’m not complaining, but seriously, how many times am I going to have to replace my blinds?

  • A special Valentine weekend

    I wanted to share with your readers a blessing that was received this past weekend as I was able to share a Valentine program at our two nursing homes and our assisted living facility.

    I would hope that this would encourage others to visit the residents in these facilities. This is different from a hospital visit, because a hospital visit usually needs to be brief since the patients need rest more than they need an extended visit. But it is different in a nursing home or an assisted living facility.

  • Ethics may be too much to ask

    Give Barack Obama credit. Barely a month on the job and already he has increased tax revenues by hundreds of thousands of dollars. He nominated Timothy (Tiny Tim) Geithner to be Secretary of the Treasury and Geithner immediately discovered he'd forgotten to pay $48,000 in back taxes. So he paid them.

  • It's time to invest in Kentucky's No. 1 employer - small business

    Bailouts. Rescues. Loan guarantees. We've heard a lot lately about the need to "save" the large banks and automakers from economic disaster, but here in Kentucky, we've heard next to nothing about helping the state's top employer - small business.

    Time and again, small business, the nation's largest employer, has led America out of economic problems. It provides most of the nation's net new jobs. Unlike some big corporations, which are closing stores and slashing jobs to satisfy Wall Street, small businesses are worried about what's happening on Main Street.

  • A killer is lurking near you

    A killer once stalked me, almost snuffing out my young life.

    The deadly force didn't lurk around corners, sneaking quick peeks or huddle outside the shrubs in front of my house - watching, waiting.

    This frightening phantom was hiding inside my chest, little by little, growing over many years.

    It was coronary heart disease.

    The dreaded slayer takes more lives than any other disease in the U.S., and it had my number.

  • Facebook keeps us in touch

    My cell phone rang just after 7 Sunday evening. By habit, I glanced at the screen, but I didn't recognize the number.

    "Hello?"

    The voice on the phone was one I hadn't heard in nine years. It belonged to a high school friend with whom I had lost touch. For the next hour, we caught up with one another's lives. We hung up with a promise to not lose touch again.

    How did she find me?

    Facebook.

  • No power not as bad as we thought

    I'm spoiled, I'll admit it. I like a hot shower, clean clothes, fresh coffee, warm food, lights, heat, television, Internet and phone service. And I don't like doing without those things.

    But I don't imagine I'm the only person like that. Especially lately.

    With last week's ice storm, our family had to do without. But we weren't the only ones, and many were - and still are - in worse shape.

  • A digital delay in the airwaves

    With less than two weeks to go before the switch, Congress has voted to delay the transition to digital TV until June.

    Whew!

    It's nice to see that our federal government is still tackling the big issues. Sure, people are losing their jobs, families are being forced out of homes they can't pay for and businesses are shutting their doors, but we all know nothing is more important than TV.

    The rationale is that people haven't had time to prepare and that the federally funded coupon program has run short of cash.

  • This is not the stimulus bill that America needs

    For several months I’ve heard from many Kentuckians who have told me how this economic crisis has hurt them and their families. Too many people are out of work. And too many are worried about paying for health care, education or the mortgage.