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Guest Columns

  • Kentuckians enjoy salary growth, increased jobs

    Kentucky incomes are on the rise, as is the number of many Kentucky jobs, according to a report on Fiscal Year 2017’s fourth-quarter state revenues from the Office of State Budget Director.

  • Make the heebie jeebies go away

    Today I have the heebie jeebies.
    I’ve been listening to a podcast (that’s like a radio program that you download from the Internet) about fear: Why are people afraid? How can they get rid of fear?
    The podcast began with a story about woman with Urbach-Wiethe disease, a rare condition that has three symptoms: a scratchy voice, raised dots around the eyes and absolutely no sense of fear.
    The part of her brain that registers fear is calcified. She can be happy, sad, angry, feel love and feel hate, but she can’t feel fear.

  • Growth slow in Kentucky’s Road Fund

    Kentucky’s Road Fund isn’t growing as fast as some would like. But it’s doing much better than it was two years ago.

  • Food insecurity a national problem

    It is said that Kentucky is a poor state and, for many areas of the state, that is true. But poverty is not something peculiar to Kentucky. Neither is hunger.

  • It is well with our souls

    The news was horrific and sordid: Church staff member arrested for a sexually salacious crime.
    Sadly commonplace, it happens all over the U.S. -- you just never expect it to happen to your church.
    But last week, it happened to mine when our former worship director was arrested and charged with multiple sex-related crimes against minors.
    A local sheriff’s detective called him a “textbook predator.”
    We as a church loved him -- still love him. And we as a church abhor what he has done.

  • Conventions offer economic boost to Louisville facilities

    What do the National Rifle Association, National Farm Machinery Show and Kentucky State Fair have in common? They were top draws for visitors to the Kentucky Exposition Center and Kentucky International Convention Center (KICC) in Louisville in 2016.

  • Ark encounters resistance

    By Richard Nelson
    The Ark Encounter celebrated its first anniversary this month but instead of fanfare and praise, some news media and protestors poured rain on its parade. The Biblical theme park, which consists of a life-size replica of Noah’s Ark based in Northern Kentucky, faced 75 protesters and criticism from a columnist who said the group promotes “fringe beliefs.” But hey, it’s the Ark, right?  Compared to criticism that Noah faced, I’m sure this modern-day rendition will weather the storm.

  • Making Washington work for Kentucky

    After celebrating our nation’s Independence Day, I traveled around the Commonwealth to hear directly from Kentuckians. By engaging with families, individuals, and community leaders across the state, I am better able to bring their concerns to the United States Senate and serve as their voice in Washington.

  • Rapid DNA testing demonstrated for legislators

    Laura Sudkamp with the Kentucky State Police crime lab remembers when it took months to process one DNA sample.
    “You literally had to stick the film in the freezer for six to eight weeks,” the KSP Central Lab manager told the Interim Joint Committee on Judiciary last week. Her lab can now generate a profile on a DNA sample in one or two days, she said, but even that’s a bit longer than need be under some new technology.

  • Washing the car

    I’m afraid to wash my car. On my list of neurotic behavior this is one of the most embarrassing; second only to being unable to sleep with the closet door open. This will be explained in a subsequent article.
    I tend to overdo every task I undertake. By that I mean that despite my forgetfulness and breathtaking disorganization, I become obsessive when I determine to actually finish something; gardening in ridiculously hot weather being only one of a host of examples.