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Guest Columns

  • 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.            

  • Consumer protection, meth lab reduction focus of Senate action

    Another week goes by in a whirl of legislative meetings, visits from hometown folks and organized groups such as 4-H and the 874K Coalition. Even though the House has yet to act on the budget proposal, senators continue to educate ourselves and monitor the budget meetings in the House.  In addition, senators continue to meet in small groups to review the different budget needs of the various agencies. We expect to receive the House proposal next week.

  • Harris reflects on week in Senate

    After a pause for President’s Day, the Legislature moved into the second half of the 2012 General Assembly Session. I had visits from groups representing adult day health care providers and developmental disabilities. Many Boy Scout troops came to Frankfort for the annual Boy Scout Day at the Capitol. It was a pleasure to see these civic-minded boys and young men and their dedicated troop leaders and parents.

  • Children’s welfare prompts House action

    In each legislative session, the Kentucky House of Representatives spends a considerable amount of time on those who comprise our youngest generation, looking for ways to help them at home and in the classroom.

    Last week was a high-water mark in both of those areas.  On Wednesday, for example, the House of Representatives put its unanimous support behind legislation that would make it illegal to intentionally view child pornography.

  • ‘Three free sins’

    It’s not every day that I get “three free sins” in the mail, but today I did.

    Unfortunately, I used them up even before I got the envelope opened.

    I’m talking about Bible teacher, author and Christian radio personality Steve Brown’s new book, “Three Free Sins,” subtitled, “God’s Not Mad at You.”

    The title comes from Steve’s former call-in radio program where he gave callers three free sins - six if they called on a cell phone.

  • Bipartisan support in prescription drugs effort

    When the General Assembly began the legislative session last month, there was already broad agreement on what the three biggest issues would be: Writing state government’s budget; realigning legislative and Kentucky Supreme Court districts; and limiting if not stopping prescription drug abuse.

    Last week, the latter two took center stage.

  • Senate tackles travel, education measures; redistricting to courts

    Greetings from Frankfort! Anyone visiting the capitol this week would have enjoyed watching democracy in action, both on an individual level as well as a grander level. We passed legislation that made road travel safer for the Amish, we moved forward in education, and we found consensus on congressional redistricting even as legislative redistricting moved to the courts. It was a full week.