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Columns and Editorials

  • Saying farewell to animal companions

    It’s been two months, but it’s taken me that long to get to a point where I could write about it.

    On Feb. 19, I said goodbye to my faithful feline friend of 13.5 years.
    Mickey had been sick for some time, and seriously so for three weeks.
    On Valentine’s Day, we learned the reason for his off-and-on cough — he had lung cancer, and he had it pretty bad.

  • A turning point for fiscal responsibility

    Shortly before midnight on April 8, House Speaker John Boehner, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and President Barack Obama reached an agreement on a bill to fund the government for the remainder of the fiscal year that includes substantial spending cuts and averted a government shutdown. 

  • Lifting each other up, despite the fall

    There’s no denying it, I’m a Butler fan. I couldn’t hide it if I tried.
    Most times, especially during the NCAA tournament, I root for the underdog. I like to see the folks who don’t ‘win all the time’ make a run at the big prize.

    It makes me especially happy to watch a mid-mid-major school like VCU stump its opponents and silence its critics. But if they had to lose to anybody, I’m glad it was Butler.

  • Guest Column: Rick Rand

    While the just-completed legislative sessions will likely be remembered for two things – averting a crisis within Medicaid and enacting a far-reaching reform of our penal code – that should not overshadow the fact that quite a few other prominent bills are also now law.

    Since this was not a budget year, and we’re still recovering economically, most of the changes made by the General Assembly during the last few months do not involve much, if any, money.  Still, these laws will positively affect the public in ways large and small in the years ahead.

  • Maybe I am just a little bit crazy

    It occurred to me somewhere around midnight Saturday, when I woke up for the umpteenth time in less than a couple of hours. I tugged the double layer fleece blanket, wool blanket and sleeping bag down from my face and squinted at the top of my tent.

    I sat up, and realized I wasn’t imagining things. There was snow. And not just a few flakes. A bunch. I slapped and shook the tent sides to knock the snow off, while Rufus (the Mallowmar dog) kindly stole the warm spot I left behind on my sleeping bag.

  • Guest Columns - Rick Rand

    During the legislative session that ended earlier this month, Kentuckians saw a textbook example of what positive things can happen when both parties in the General Assembly come together and work toward the Commonwealth’s greater good.

  • Guest Columns - Geoff Davis

    The average price for a gallon of gas in Kentucky is now almost $3.60 a gallon.  The price is more than twenty cents higher than it was only a month ago.

  • Slow down and put the kettle on

    It was a seemingly innocuous comment. “I bought one of those Hot Pots,” a friend said. “I got tired of waiting for the tea kettle to boil water.”

    It was a sign of many things, not the least of which is how my friend and I have changed, or how our ways have parted, in the last 10 years.

    Waiting for a tea kettle to boil is among my favorite things in the morning.

  • Cell phone users should take it outside

    Let me say first (to paraphrase the ultimate authority) “let she who is without sin cast the first iPhone.”

    So, in the interest of full disclosure I’ll admit I have forgotten to turn off my cell phone in public venues. I’ve been embarrassed a few times when the strains of “Incense and Peppermints” emit from my handbag.

    But, it was an oversight.

  • Cut spending and avoid a shutdown

    Congress is currently working to come to an agreement on funding the government through the remainder of the fiscal year ending in September before the current stop-gap measure expires on March 18.  Just as urgent is the need to begin to cut out of control spending, reduce the deficit and address our national debt which will increase confidence in the economy, and make room for the private sector to grow and create jobs.