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Guest Columns

  • KSP crime report analyzed

    Earlier this month, and continuing a trend dating back to the late 1980s, the Kentucky State Police issued its annual report on crime in Kentucky, giving us a much clearer picture of the impact these actions have had on our citizens.

    In one sense, the numbers from 2011 are positive when compared to earlier crime reports. When measured against 1995, there were 50 fewer homicides, 6,000 fewer burglaries and almost 5,000 fewer DUIs last year even in the face of population gains, while auto thefts and robberies were almost half of what they had been.

  • Kentucky’s birthday unnoticed

    There wasn’t a birthday cake or a lot of fanfare, but Kentucky hit a major milestone earlier this summer when it celebrated its 220th birthday.

    Over the years, the commonwealth has been blessed to have quite a few of its citizens make a sizeable mark on the country and even the world.  Daniel Boone, President Abraham Lincoln and Henry Clay are arguably the most famous, and others readily known include Colonel Sanders, the Clooney family and Muhammad Ali.

  • Legislative committees active

    This has been a full week in Frankfort. I had three major meetings with the Transportation Committee that I chair, the Joint Committee on Labor and Industry, and the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Tourism.

  • Attitudes to accomplish your goals

  • OK, everybody, let’s stop!

    The other morning my friend and co-worker Cristy and I devised a solution for all the major problems of the universe.

    Everybody stop.

    Just stop. Take a breath. Step back. Chill out.

    Politicians, stop politicking. Forget about focus groups and pork spending and back room deals and war room strategies. Democrats aren’t evil and neither are Republicans, so stop treating people with whom you disagree as enemies. We’re all Americans, so stop!

  • A fight for shalom

    It was a rare day off in the middle of the work week.

    What to do? What to do?

    My husband had called dibs on the computer and I had already caught up on the antics of the Real Housewives of both New York and New Jersey.

    The only thing left to do was go out and get into a fight.

    Actually, fighting topped my list, trumping reading online pop culture blogs, trumping even shopping for clothes I don’t need.

    Beyond anything else I felt the need to fight - fight for peace, for the shalom of my soul.

  • Aging Baby Boomers present challenges, opportunities alike

    Like the rest of the nation, Kentucky is seeing a definite graying trend as more and more Baby Boomers move past their 65th birthday and a growing number of citizens reach their nineties and beyond.

  • Improving your sleep patterns

    What you eat affects your ability to sleep. Avoid eating pasta and meat casserole late in the evening. Carbohydrates and protein, as well as sugary desserts can disturb restful sleep and may even keep a person awake. Sugar products can be related to moodiness and a racing mind. Poor digestion can be related to getting less sleep. Catnip/lemon balm tea and taking one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with honey or Alovera Juice for indigestion.   

  • The Prayer of Jabez

    My friend Tara recently asked me about a book that swept through the Christian culture like a Category 4 hurricane back in 2000, “The Prayer of Jabez,” by Bruce Wilkinson.

    Tara jokingly wondered aloud if maybe her pooh-poohing the book and not jumping on the “pray like Jabez” bandwagon was coming back to bite her in the butt. Maybe her life would be different if she had been a Jabez prayer pray-er.
    If you’re not familiar with the book, here’s a mini crash course:

  • State’s water supply precious commodity in drought season

    Although milder temperatures this week are certainly welcome, it will be some time before we forget the string of triple-digit temperatures and the lack of rain we have suffered through during the last month.

    Even before June began, Kentucky was on track for an especially dry year.  The rainfall from January through May was almost half of what the state got during the same period in 2011, and there have only been two years since 2000 that have been drier.