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Guest Columns

  • Hospital care gets high marks in Ky.

    If today turns out to be an average one for Kentucky’s hospitals, here is a glimpse of what is taking place: More than 6,600 patients will be treated in emergency rooms; 14,000 more will be helped with other outpatient services; 1,500 will be discharged after a stay of about four-and-a-half days; and 150 of the state’s newest citizens will be born.

  • Crosses of Mercy

    They’re called Crosses of Mercy, three tall crosses - two pale blue and one gold - planted across at least 29 states and Washington, D.C., plus Zambia and the Philippines.

    Where I live in Florida, I’ve seen several sets of them and I’ve always wondered about them since they don’t seem to be connected to any one church. They’re usually out in the middle of nowhere, randomly planted on the highway.

  • Kentucky gets high marks for highway system

    For most of Kentucky’s history, there were only two ways to get from one place to another: By horse or by boat. Even when railroads began reaching across the state in the 1830s, these methods of travel remained the backbone of our early transportation system.

    While rivers were essentially open to anyone, the same could not be said of our first roads, almost all of which were privately owned even well past the Civil War. Those wanting to use them could expect to pay a hefty price, too, since toll gates were built about five miles apart on average.

  • Knowing who I am

    In my family we have this thing we say about our mom dropping us on our heads as babies.

    Not that she ever did - that I’m aware of - although she has admitted to tossing my oldest brother over her shoulder accidentally a bit too vigorously, catching him by his foot before he could crash to the floor.

    No harm, no foul, as they say.

  • Holiday is a day to remember sacrifices

    With most schools already out for the year and the sun not setting until well into the evening, it’s understandable if many look to the upcoming three-day holiday weekend as the unofficial start of summer.

    Memorial Day is about much more than that, though.

    For nearly 150 years now, it has been a day of remembrance, a day to recall the sacrifice that so many gave for our nation.

  • Bad week, good news

    The other day a co-worker posted on Facebook that it had been the week from hell.

    We had all felt it. It was as if a black cloud hovered over us, raining down all kinds of bad.
    We had made mistakes. Tempers flared. Fingers pointed.

    Cranky people called, which didn’t help our own crankiness.

    We scowled. We skulked. We wished we were anywhere but here.

    It was one b-a-d week.

  • Tourism plays major role in Kentucky’s economy

    When it comes to tourism, Kentucky has not one but two major factors in its favor: We have dozens of destinations that all but sell themselves, and we’re home to the nation’s population center east of the Rockies, meaning no state is closer to more Americans.

  • Nancy celebrates ‘Hooray!’ days

    Cleaning out my email this morning I found one I had written to a friend.

    It started out: “So it was a nice, calm day at work yesterday. By the afternoon I was sitting at my desk thinking, ‘Hooray!’

    “It just felt like a good day to say, ‘Hooray!’ I even posted it as my Facebook status. Hooray!”

    I went on to write about how my phone rang and it was my husband: “I didn’t do it. It’s not my fault,” he said, which is never a good sign.

  • Kentucky seeing beginnings of lasting growth

    Earlier this year, as the General Assembly was putting together the budget to run state government, it was becoming increasingly clear that the state was finally beginning to see some lasting growth.

    That was further confirmed several weeks ago, when one of the state’s economists said that “all signs are pointing to the likelihood that the recovery is here to stay.”

  • Good things still happen