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Guest Columns

  • Cursed, blessed law

    When my youngest daughter first moved away from home and I realized I could not control her every action (not that I ever could, but I deluded myself into thinking I could when she lived with me), I had a brilliant idea.

    She was home for a visit and when I brought her to the airport I said, “Let me give you a list of everything I think you should and shouldn’t do and then you can just do everything on the list and we’ll both live happily ever after, especially me.”

  • McConnell: Fiscal deal imperfect but necessary

    If one-hundred people were drowning and you had the ability to save ninety-nine, would you?  Of course you would.  We didn’t do anything nearly as heroic in Congress last week but the question of saving as many as we can from a potentially devastating consequence was relevant.  The question was: do you stand aside and let taxes increase for everyone, or do you try to save as many taxpayers as possible before they do?
    I chose to try to do something.

  • Big, crazy, toddler-sized faith

    When my youngest brother was little he loved to be tossed into the swimming pool.
    We’d pick him up and throw him underhand, like lobbing a softball, into the deep end and watch him sink and then pop his head up from the surface, look for the nearest side of the pool and swim toward it.

  • Odd-numbered legislative session kicks off this week

    The General Assembly returns to the Capitol this week, kicking off another legislative session.

    As is always the case during odd-numbered years, the House and Senate are scheduled to meet for 30 working days, with the first four set aside to elect leaders of both chambers and establish committee assignments for the next two years. We will then return in early February to begin voting on bills, wrapping up our work by the end of March.

  • Rational input and reasonable action

    From The News-Enterprise

    With a horrified nation, our hearts are broken and tears have been shed for the 20 children and six teachers and administrators slain at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

    In the days since the sickening Dec. 14 shootings, the outcry continues for a national conversation on what must be done to curb such mass killings.

  • For a ‘perfect’ new year

    One day at the library, a book fell off a shelf and hit a boy named Milo Crinkley on the head.
    The title, “Be a Perfect Person in Just Three Days,” was just what he needed.

    Wanting more than anything to be perfect, Milo checked the book out and set out to do everything the author, Dr. K. Pinkerson Silverfish, prescribed.

    So begins the 1982 children’s book “Be a Perfect Person in Just Three Days” by Stephen Manes.

  • Kentucky contributes heavily to nation’s food production

    One of the hallmarks of the holidays is that there never seems to be a shortage of good food to eat. From turkey on Thanksgiving to homemade candy at Christmas, it’s usually easy to find something to fill up a plate.

    Increasingly, there’s a strong chance that this food has a Kentucky connection as well, though that may not always be readily known when we reach into the pantry or the refrigerator.

  • Are you writing New Year’s resolutions?

    If you are considering New Year’s resolutions, you are not alone. On the 1st of January, millions of people around the world think about making changes in their lives.

    According to Wikipedia, the first recorded New Year’s resolutions were made by the Babylonians around 4,000 years ago. Most commonly, it revolved around returning any borrowed farm equipment, as their New Year coincided with the start of their farming season.

  • Violence must be stopped

    Friday’s shooting in a Connecticut elementary school has this nation reeling with emotion. I am no exception.

    I am devastated and deeply saddened for the victims and their families. I am sad for the shooter and his family, because somehow this man’s problems went unnoticed, and his family is also paying the price.

    I am frustrated that these situations are becoming more and more commonplace – and more and more deadly.

    And I’m angry. On so many levels.

  • Singing songs of peace at Christmas

    One of my favorite parts of Christmas is attending the Christmas Eve service at my church.

    With the lights dimmed, candles soften the sanctuary, soften faces, quiet the hearts of the people who have come.

    Some come harried and hassled. Others come burdened and broken. All come seeking something, seeking peace.

    At my church, it’s our tradition on Christmas Eve to sing of peace and silence. As we hold candles we sing, “Peace, peace, peace on earth and good will to all.”