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Guest Columns

  • Celebrate the abundance in the lives of friends

    The condition has a name: Facebook Envy.

    It’s symptoms include twinges of resentment, pangs of self-pity and thoughts of “Why not me?”
    Some blame it on technology itself, although the condition has been around since B.C. — Before Computers.

    For those not familiar with Facebook, it’s a Website where friends, which can be people you actually know or people you might sort of know, post news or random thoughts or pithy messages for their friends and sometimes the general cyber public to read.

  • Happy Mother’s Day!

    Last month my youngest daughter asked if I would write a letter of recommendation for her.

    She had applied for a scholarship geared toward young women on their own who are working on making a better life for themselves. My daughter has been putting herself through school for about six years now.

    When she asked, she had me at “Hi Mom. I need a favor.”

    Unfortunately, according to the letter guidelines, as her mom I’m not eligible to write a letter of recommendation.

    Moms don’t count.

  • Alcohol-related fatalities decline

    One of the country’s great success stories over the last several decades has been its ability to reduce the devastation caused by drunken driving.

    The number of alcohol-related fatalities has dropped by about half since 1982, even though we are driving far more miles now.  That positive trend is even better for our younger drivers.

  • Wrapup of Senate session

    As with much of life, the 2011 General Assembly Session had its share of successes and disappointments. We made advances in economic development, education, and healthcare and definitely raised the debate on what is the appropriate conservative use of the tax dollar and did our best to sound the alarm about what happens when the bill finally comes due.

  • Census statistics show Kentuckians number 4.34 million

    About a year after George Washington was elected President, Congress decided that one of the country’s first orders of business was finding out just how many lived here.

  • Beauty begins within: taking time to enjoy life

    Life style changes in diet, exercise and stress reduction are the premise of healthy living and healthy looks. What we think and what we eat are at the foundation of how we look. What we take time to enjoy in the beauty around us not only gives greater meaning to our life, it adds to the beauty that is reflected in our appearance. Busy schedules and rushing adds years to our appearance and causes a decline in organ function. It is critically important to take time out to relax and indulge ourselves at times.

  • New laws in place after special session

    While the just-completed legislative sessions will likely be remembered for two things – averting a crisis within Medicaid and enacting a far-reaching reform of our penal code – that should not overshadow the fact that quite a few other prominent bills are also now law.

  • Senate seeks to override vetoes

    Last week, I reported that both the House and the Senate voted for a responsible approach to resolving the Medicaid budget shortfall. Unfortunately, late Friday, the Governor vetoed all the key accountability provisions and is now left with an open checkbook combined with an unlimited credit card funded with your tax dollars.

  • Kentucky Senate failed to heed governor’s warning on Medicaid

    Last fall, when the General Assembly finalized the calendar for the 2011 Regular Session, this past week was scheduled to be one of the quietest of the year.  It was set aside as part of a 10-day period known as the veto recess, which gives the governor time to consider legislation sent to him and then gives legislators a chance to use the session’s final day to consider vetoes, if any occur.

  • Regular session ended with success, disappointment