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Guest Columns

  • Faith in God vs. faith in faith

    I recently watched an episode of “Our America with Lisa Ling” about a faith healing ministry in Fort Mill, S.C.

    Ling, a television journalist, took a camera crew to document the very Pentecostal healing meetings to which hundreds of people came, some traveling hundreds of miles.

    Two sisters came with their mother who had terminal cancer, as did Steve, a man in a wheelchair, paralyzed from the waist down.

  • Many topics on General Assembly’s 2012 agenda

    When the General Assembly opens the 2012 Regular Session in early January, there is no doubt what the top issue will be: enacting the state’s budget for the next two years.  Redrawing state House, Senate and congressional districts, something done after each Census, will likely be prominent as well, especially in the session’s opening weeks.

  • Eight week self-improvement

    As the New Year approaches, it is a time of Autumn Harvest and a closure of the last quarter of 2011. As winter approaches, it provides the opportunity to review and contemplate our relationships and our interactions. This is a season of ‘bringing together loose ends’ in our lives. It is a time to start looking objectively so that in January we can implement new resolutions.

    Here is a Eight Week Self-Improvement Program to guide introspection of your communication skills with yourself and with others. The goal is to enhance your quality of life.

  • Sacraments for sinners

    Last week my friend Mike got baptized.

    As the only adult being baptized, he was upstaged by some cute little kids and a baby, but he still shined.

    We baptize babies and grownups at my church because we believe baptism is not so much us declaring our commitment to follow Jesus, but it’s our declaration that we’re in desperate need of his cleansing.

    It’s one of two sacraments we celebrate, the other one being communion.

  • Emergency Management Agency

    By Ronnie McCane

  • Veterans’ benefits in Kentucky topped $1.7 billion in 2010

    Veterans Day is always a special time for our country, but it promises to be even more memorable on Friday because of its location on the calendar.

    That’s because, for the first time ever, the year aligns perfectly with the holiday’s specific time of remembrance. It will be another century before anyone else can pause to honor those who have served our country on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month of the eleventh year.

  • State takes lead in science, technology

    Over the last few decades, Kentucky has gained a well-earned reputation for its groundbreaking work in science and technology.

    We will forever be home to the world’s first self-contained artificial heart and the nation’s first hand transplant, for example, and two of our researchers were behind the world’s first 100 percent effective cancer vaccine.

  • Discover what friendship means

  • State government offers assistance to first responders

    They may only number in the tens of thousands out of a state of more than 4.3 million people, but it isn’t hard to imagine how much more difficult life would be without our first responders.

    While their work is mainly a function of local government, the state plays a role as well in helping law enforcement, firefighters and other emergency workers do their job.

  • Postsecondary education in Kentucky

    When the General Assembly overhauled the state’s postsecondary system in 1997, it set some ambitious goals to reach by the year 2020.

    Last month, the Council on Postsecondary Education gave us an update  on just how far we have come since then – and how much further we need to go in the next few years to stay on track.