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Guest Columns

  • House week in review

    Most legislation that the General Assembly passes each year falls in one of two categories: It either protects, or it promotes.

    That was especially evident this past week in the Kentucky House of Representatives, which voted for bills that range from further limiting abuse of our youngest and oldest citizens to helping more students in the coalfields of Eastern Kentucky get their four-year college degree.

  • Scarred for life

    All this past week I’ve been talking to people with scars for a series of stories that I wrote for the newspaper where I work.

    I got the idea from a photographer I heard on the radio, talking about a series of photos he had done of people’s scars.

    He said that every scar tells a story.

  • Comer: Help is available for farmers hit by March 2 storms

    I was heartbroken to hear of the loss of life and property from the storms that ripped through parts of Kentucky on March 2. To those of you who were affected, my family and I hold you in our thoughts and prayers.

    Many of you lost your homes, your businesses, your vehicles, and other property in the storms. You are frustrated, and you just want to get back to some sense of normalcy. Neither I nor anyone else can make the pain of loss go away. But there are sources of aid to help you in this difficult time.

  • House passes budget, education, others spared

    For the last several years, the biggest challenge facing the General Assembly and Governor Beshear has been keeping the state on track as it weathers the toughest worldwide recession in more than 70 years.

  • House passes budget, education, others spared

    For the last several years, the biggest challenge facing the General Assembly and Governor Beshear has been keeping the state on track as it weathers the toughest worldwide recession in more than 70 years.

  • Legislature works under ‘somber cloud’ after storms

    By the time you are reading this, a week will have passed since the monster tornadoes targeted many of our communities. I want to tell the victims that you are not alone; Kentucky stands with you. The Red Cross has been overwhelmed with Kentuckians’ generosity, so much so, that they are now asking for cash donations instead of material items.

  • Am I taking care of me or you?

    It is mistakenly accepted that self-care is selfish, if a person doesn’t take care of his or her own needs, eventually the result is burnout. This same person will resent others because they failed to sacrifice as they have. They have a tendency to lose themselves in service in the process of martyrdom and then get upset if others are not martyrs.

    Perhaps this is generationally passed down from the environment in which they were raised. Role models play an in important part in forming who a person becomes.

  • We are all so loved

    Oh, to be loved as Dennis Williams is loved!

    A week or so ago on a Sunday afternoon, two women I don’t know knocked on my door.

    They said they knew me, or at least knew me through my writing and somehow thought I could help them find their friend Dennis.

    They knew enough about me to deduce that I owned my own home and searched the county property appraiser’s website to find my address so they could come and see me in person because they were that desperate to find their friend who was missing.

  • McConnell pays tribute to Kentucky storm victims

    The tornadoes that hit Kentucky were very severe, with at least 11 funnel clouds confirmed to have touched down in the Bluegrass State by the National Weather Service, blowing at wind speeds up to 125 miles per hour.

  • Budget vote expected this week

    As it normally does during the first full week of March in even-numbered years, the Kentucky House of Representatives will vote on its proposed budget this week to run state government.