Guest Columns

  • Water resource quality a priority

    About a week ago, state officials released the latest annual report on the quality of a resource we too often take for granted: our drinking water.
    In short, the news is good for those who rely on the treated water provided each and every day by our nearly 450 public utilities.

  • ‘Free’ stuff comes with a cost

    I love free stuff.
    When we lived in California we lived near scads of big- box warehouse stores that always gave away free samples. Sometimes, if you got there on the right day at the right time, you could eat enough free samples and be too full to eat lunch or dinner when you got home.
    I wasn’t thinking of free stuff a few Sundays ago when I stopped at a little Pentecostal church I had never visited before, even though I’ve talked to the pastor many times.
    And what to my wondering eyes should appear? Free goodies and coffee!

  • Kentucky lacking in broadband Internet technology

    Three months ago, when the Washington Post ran a story comparing peak broadband internet speeds among the states, the news for Kentucky was not good: We came in last, behind Arkansas. Our rate is half of what can be found in Virginia, which placed second.

  • Memory

    I have reached the point in my life where my “memory” is as reliable as the weather in our fair commonwealth. If I don’t put it in my phone or slap a note on the wall I can and will forget. I’m constantly feeling the startling shock of awareness that I have forgotten something; and that something is usually critical to my well being. My kids have learned to remind me repeatedly of things I’ve forgotten or they know I will forget. They have been down this particular road too many times to not accommodate their mother’s leaky memory.

  • The Law fulfilled for us

    My friend Mike loves kitschy stuff and he loves God. So, anything that combines kitsch and God is a slice of heaven to him.
    Recently, someone gave him a Moses and the Ten Commandments clock. Moses, holding a stone tablet in each arm, is looking off into the distance, all holy-like, and there’s lightning behind him.
    Every hour, but not quite on the hour, the clock will play some light piano music and a voice — could be God, could be Moses — announces a commandment. “Thou shalt not kill” or “Honor your father and mother.”

  • New laws in effect next week

    The approval of new laws may be a wintertime activity, but in most cases, this legislation doesn’t actually take effect until the heat of summer.
    Unless a law has an emergency clause or a specific enactment date, it becomes official 90 days after the General Assembly completes its work. This year, that falls on June 24th.

  • Head Shot

    “I’ll need a head shot.” The editor informed me. Inwardly cringing, a parade of photographic nightmares paraded before my Mind’s Eye. The Eye closed in horror. In addition to nearly requiring a warning label due to my coordination anomalies, I am absolutely, totally, completely, unapologetically and forevermore unphotogenic. It would appear that I am both physically and facially awkward. In short, I put the bomb in photobomb.

  • Chasing addictions, running from God

    The late comedienne Gilda Radner used to say, “It’s always something.”
    In this life, it’s always something. There’s always something that’s your Achilles’ heel, your kryptonite, your downfall, your master. There’s always something that holds power over you, making you bow down to it, obey it. There’s always something that you start out loving and often end up hating because it eventually crushes you.
    But if you’re fortunate, it brings you to Jesus.

  • State’s automotive production soaring

    In 1913, when the automotive industry first set up shop in Kentucky, few then could have imagined just how much of an impact it would have on the commonwealth in the decades ahead.
    It all began on South Third Street in Louisville, where 17 employees could assemble up to 12 of Ford’s Model T vehicles on a good day.
    Now, we churn out more than 3,500 a day on average at our four assembly plants, or about 1.3 million a year. That’s a traffic jam stretching from Seattle to Miami.

  • My Mad Dog