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Columns

  • Education bills have been focus of the House

    As the 2018 session moves into February, key House priorities are moving through the legislative process, and we recently passed multiple bills to enhance the quality of education in Kentucky.

  • Do we hear the silent scream?

    If you’ve tried to talk to me the past week or so, there’s a good chance I never heard a word you said.
    My hearing is terrible, and has been for many years. For the past five years, I’ve worn hearing aids and I woke up one morning last week to discover our new dog had come into our room, somehow knocked my hearing aids off the nightstand, and chewed them up to the point where they where useless.

  • Bills begin moving

    Words cannot begin to express the shock and sadness felt throughout the Commonwealth and around the country on Tuesday when an active shooter opened fire at Marshall County High School in Benton, Kentucky, taking two innocent students’ lives and injuring 18 others. It was a senseless act of violence committed by another student that we cannot even begin to understand.

  • Government control is out of control

    JIM WATERS

    Are Washington’s policies these days regarding everything from bathrooms to broadband intentionally designed to systematically trash the constitutionally protected power of states, local governments and even the people themselves?  
    Maybe. Maybe not.

    Intentions aside, those are the results.

  • Working together helps reduce overdose deaths

    DR. PAUL KENSICKI
    WellCare of Kentucky

     

    More than 1,000 Kentuckians die each year from drug overdoses, more than 200 of them from heroin. Heroin use has surged over the past few years, contributing to drug overdoses becoming a more common cause of death than car accidents in Kentucky. This is a serious public health crisis – one that must be fought on many fronts at once.

  • Sports in Kentucky: College football 2013 is going to be fun

    Before the first crunch of shoulder pads there are hints that college football 2013 may be the season you tell the grandchildren about.
    Louisville could run the table.
    Western could make the Sun Belt a last roundup and stepping stone to bowl game not in Detroit.
    And, Kentucky could win a half-dozen games.
    Before all that, however, football’s glamour boy Johnny Manziel has put football in the stage lights.
    Kid from Texas A&M earned as much sensational prose the last 12 months as Edward Snowden, Ryan Braun and A-Rod combined.

  • Paying for playing?

    Trial balloons were floated in 2011. Last month an NCAA conference commissioner issued a new set of  buzz words for college sports fans to wrap their minds and tongues around. The town crier was sent to the gate ringing his bell to declare “Hear ye, hear ye all!”
    Transformational change.
    Transformational ... what?
    A five syllable synonym for money. Also a fool’s temptation to open the proverbial Pandora’s Box.

  • Kenny Perry is Kentucky's every man

    When Kenny Perry came huffing and puffing to the 18th green at the 34th Seniors Open Golf Tournament Sunday in Omaha, we had to smile. An age thing.
    Here’s our guy again. Two weeks removed from winning his first Senior Players Championship in Pittsburgh, Perry had wobbled the first two days in Omaha then charged to the front and led by five as he came up the hill to enjoy TV face-time, applause and whistles reserved for a winner on a Sunday evening ahead of 60 Minutes.

  • Noel’s slip to No. 6 cost him millions

    Let us celebrate with moderation, Nerlens Noel’s good fortune this celebratory week (July 4).
    A multi-millionaire, ($2,640,600, according to NBA Rookie pay scale), the newest Philadelphia 76er is probably house shopping for mom, gated community of course. And, assuming he has a driver’s license, a shiny new car to go with tailored and monogrammed wardrobe, while his agent negotiates a product endorsement or two.
    Noel has arrived. Life is good, right?
    Well, maybe.

  • Sports in Kentucky: Best of best includes Calvin Bird

    One of our state’s iconic athletes left last week. Calvin Bird was 75.
    Turning back what doesn’t feel like so many pages, but is — football in Corbin on a Friday night. One fence-leaner townie putting a pun on his pals, “By golly, that Bird boy’s really somethin’, ain’t he? He can fly!”
    Indelibly, I remember a crisp autumn evening, aroma(s) fresh cut grass, popcorn and cheap cigars on the air and temperatures chilled enough to make visible the frosty exhale of offensive line squared up to start spending adrenaline.