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Columns

  • A dodged bullet, thankfully


    The day began at 5:30 a.m. My wife was awake in our king-sized bed. Her tossing woke me up, too.
    She was concerned about the weather reports she was reading.

    “This doesn’t look good,” she said.
    My wife sometimes thinks the sky is falling when she reads weather reports.
    She says an extra prayer for snow days, asks incessantly if I think there will be snow and checks every weather blog she can find.
    I’m used to her having a strong reaction to the forecasts.

  • Legislative update from Senator Higdon


    Another week goes by in a whirl of legislative meetings, visits from hometown folks and organized groups, such as 4-H and the 874K Coalition.

    Even though the House has yet to act on the budget proposal, senators continue to educate ourselves and monitor the budget meetings in the House. 
    In addition, senators continue to meet in small groups to review the different budget needs of the various agencies.
    We expect to receive the House proposal next week.
    Let’s dig in on the legislative happenings.

  • The Magic Milk Jug


    I don’t know about you, but I’ve been wondering where my money has gone. I can’t find it anywhere. It balances out though, because neither can my creditors.

    Is it just me or have prices on just about everything started to take a great big leap up?  Yes sir, things are definitely going to the bad place in a hand basket.
    Did you know I’m an accountant by trade? Yep, I’d trade that occupation for just about anything else, but that’s a different story. We’re talking money here.

  • A Texas legend

    My father’s family grew up on Long Run out in Texas, just a few miles from Springfield on the old Perryville Road. 

    “Mr. Henry” Best, the head teacher at the Texas school house, lived between the Cocanoughers and Johnnie Key, who still worked his team of mules when I was a kid in the early sixties.  
    The Best family had old ties with the Denny Goode clan, and Denny’s raccoon hunting tradition fascinated this young man, transplanted to the Kenton County suburbs.

  • “Victims of abuse deserve true love”


    “Look for the girl with the broken smile
    Ask her if she wants to stay awhile
    And she will be loved”

    ---Maroon 5, “She Will Be Loved”

    Lowering her eyes, the young lady, still a teenager, turned away, trying to conceal the evidence: But it was unmistakably there.
    The marks on her face were painful reminders; she had indeed become another girl with a broken smile.

  • The Fall of the American dream


    During the last three or four months we continue to hear about how things are getting better.

    The focus has been on the need for more government spending.
    Politicians are forever quoting moral values, theological concepts, as if they are the only ones who understand the true meaning.
    Unfortunately, we are being led down a path from which there may be no return.
    From this view point, we, as citizens, are not getting the truth and we are forgetting about the real problem we are facing.

  • Legislative update from Senator Higdon


    After a pause for President’s Day, the legislature moved into the second half of the 2012 General Assembly Session.

    I had visits from groups representing adult day health care providers and developmental disabilities.
    Many Boy Scout troops came to Frankfort for the annual Boy Scout Day at the Capitol.
    It was a pleasure to see these civic-minded boys and young men and their dedicated troop leaders and parents.
     Of the bills we focused on this week, two were of particularly high-profile.

  • A historic moment


    The word ‘history’ was used a lot on Monday evening at St. Catharine Hall.

    I think I’m correct when I predict that the word was used fittingly.
    On Monday, a partnership was officially formed between St. Catharine College and The Berry Center.
    The Berry Center is based on supporting sustainable agriculture.
    You may have heard of one of the Berry’s.
    His name is Wendell. He’s an internationally-known author.

  • The Alltech Challenge: Opportunity Knocks


    I’m a 37-year veteran of the U.S. Navy, U.S. Army and now the U.S. Army Reserve. 

    My misson for the past several years is to teach future officers in the ROTC program at Centre College in Danville.
    My students are extremely intelligent, disciplined and athletically-gifted individuals.  
    The truth is, this worn- out old sergeant has little he can really teach them.
    Yet, there is one area I feel strongly about and I stress over and over again.

  • Legislative update from State Senator Jimmy Higdon


    We have reached the half-way point of the 2012 General Assembly Session.

    There are daily committee meetings, policy briefings, visits from constituents, and meetings with various advocacy groups.
    Early in the week, the Senate passed Senate Bill 103 in a bipartisan vote that will require a doctor performing an abortion to first perform an ultrasound (which is done anyway) so that the woman may view it, if she wishes.
    The woman will not be forced to look at the picture.