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Today's Opinions

  • Two-year budget was top priority in final week

    As expected, the final full week of the 2010 Regular Session ended with the focus returning to the General Assembly’s top priority, the two-year state government budget.

    House and Senate leaders and I began working toward common ground on Wednesday afternoon, and if all goes as scheduled, a compromise should be ready for a final vote this week.

  • March Madness is a little different for the General Assembly

    In the General Assembly during this time of year, “March Madness” refers to more than just a basketball tournament as the final hectic days of the legislative session draw to a close.

    In the state Senate, the focus last week was predictably on the two-year budget, with that chamber considering what changes it will make to the House version approved earlier this month.  The Senate is scheduled to vote on a proposal early this week, setting the stage for legislative leaders to come up with a compromise by the end of the month.

  • Census participation is important

    For several weeks, public service announcements have stressed the importance of completing the 2010 census forms which are arriving in the mail now.  It is vital that we participate.

    There is much at stake.  Billions of your tax dollars will be divided among the states based on census results.  Funding for education, transportation, Medicare, Medicaid, and other programs will be affected.

  • Rand Paul and Trey Grayson to speak at Lincoln & Reagan Day Luncheon

    With the Primary Election in May quickly approaching, increasing national attention is being focused on Kentucky’s Senatorial race to replace retiring Republican Senator Jim Bunning. Two candidates vying to fill this office are Dr. Rand Paul and Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson. The race is heating up and both are campaigning intensely to win support of Kentucky’s voters. On April 3 at Noon, both will be speaking during a Lincoln & Reagan Day Luncheon to be held at the General Butler State Park Conference Center in Carrollton, Kentucky.

  • A sweet dog yes, but he’s no Mallowmar

    It’s my firm belief that every camping or hiking trip will result in a strange or funny story.

    I’ve had my share over the years, including, most infamously: “Johnny, don’t pee on that tree ... pee on that one over there!” and “Allright! Straightenerup!” The second was uttered after midnight at a camping trip to General Butler State Park on Derby weekend in 2008.

  • The lady of the house versus the spring mud

    After months of winter with its snow and cold, bulky coats, frozen windshields, school closings and slippery roads, almost all of us are eagerly looking forward to spring. We anticipate the pleasures of the warm sun, breezes scented with the awakening earth, and the surprise of crocuses and daffodils pushing their way up overnight. But the thing that comes to my mind in spring is mud. I, too, love warm weather, spring flowers and sunshine, but I admit it is mud that I connect most to spring

  • You, too, can contribute to Meals

    Is there anything we can do to help those in our community who are elderly, frail, without transportation, isolated from the population at large?

    We can aid in the continuation and expansion of the Meals on Wheels program that delivers healthy, nutritious food to their doorsteps almost every day of the week.

    Tri-County Community Action Agency currently serves an average of 55 homebound clients, ages 60+ in Henry, Oldham and Trimble counties.

    More than one-third of them live in Henry County and there is a waiting list.

  • Who would steal from a child?

    In November 2009, our son, Noah, age 10, was diagnosed with a horrific type of childhood cancer. A tumor the size of a small cantaloupe was removed from his chest. Two weeks later he began a course of chemotherapy; every two weeks he checked into Kosair Children’s Hospital for five days for one treatment and then three days two weeks later. This schedule continued for six cycles. He then had one and one-half ribs removed and biopsied. We held our breaths until the pathology report came in-he was cancer free!