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Columns

  • February closes with a flurry of legislative action

    As my colleagues and I returned from the 2009 session's five day hiatus, we quickly resumed our work attending meetings, hearing testimony, studying proposed legislation and approving bills in the House chambers as only 12 days remain in this year's legislative session.

    Legislative committee meetings were full of debate and action this week.

  • A reporter's take on the rumor mill

    Rumors. They can be thorns in the side of reporters. Rumors abound in the newsroom. Folks call us quite often to tell us the latest one. We welcome them all. Some turn out to be true and become news stories. Others are not and are promptly forgotten.

    A case in point - a submerged vehicle in City Lake.

    I'd heard this one several times, always just after lunch for some reason. A reader would call and say they either saw a car go in the lake or that someone told them a car was in the lake.

  • Time for a little house cleaning

    As spring approaches, many consider it the perfect time for house cleaning. Because of that, I figure it's time to clear a few items out of our closet that appear to be causing some problems.

    Item No. 1

    We wasted taxpayer money last week. At least, that's what Judge/Executive Eddie Rogers tells us.

  • Finally took the 'Twilight' plunge

    It's really just a love story, and that's something we can all - adults and teens alike - enjoy reading.

    It just so happens, however, that the love story is laced in between a lengthy series of good versus bad vampire battles, sagas of werewolves who fight with those vampires and fall in love with humans and some very bad vampires from far away who want to do lots and lots of harm to the good vampires.

    I, like so many others, have gotten swept up in the "Twilight" fanfare.

  • Let's hope bald really is beautiful

    At age 56, I'm quite happy to still have the majority of my hair. Much of it is starting to turn gray, but I can live with that.

    I still have dreams of growing my hair really long and becoming a rock star. I'll just have to accept the fact that American Idol won't accept contestants my age. Maybe I could replace Simon. I can do what he does with at least a bit more diplomacy and I already have more hair. I certainly wouldn't mind being paid the salary he receives.

  • 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.