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Columns

  • Frankfort update: Recreating King’s march

    As we came in from yet another snowstorm, work on the floor of the Senate centered on cleaning up statutory language, fixing some areas of recent laws as well as safety and protection for our youth from new nicotine products. Wednesday morning, thousands of Kentuckians gathered along Capitol Avenue to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s March on Frankfort. It was a cold and blustery March 5 when Dr. King led 10,000 others in a march up to the front door of our Capitol in support of the Kentucky Civil Rights Act.

  • Uncle Bob’s Cooking: A few recipes for Lent
  • Truitt: Getting comfortable is a family tradition

    “It is so weird that your parents are just lying in the middle of the floor like that.”

    I didn’t think it was weird at all. My mom and dad often cuddled on the floor while watching TV, but my friend Jackie saw it differently.

    “I can’t imagine my parents ever lying on the floor,” she continued, “let alone hugging each other.”

    “I’m sorry,” I stated, unsure of what else to say.

  • Being prepared when ‘Momma’ is ready to go

    Anyone who knows me knows that I love my dogs as if they were my children.

    Troy and I have owned dogs all our lives and have rarely been without at least one dog at home to greet us after a long day’s work. Being a pet owner is one of the joys in my life, but it can also bring heartbreak.

  • Frankfort update: Senate awaits budget

    March promises many things here in the Commonwealth. It looks like it will start with some winter weather before we get any relief, the college basketball season heats up, and we in the Senate tackle the most difficult part of the job, the biennial budget. As we still wait for the House to pass their version of the budget, legislation continues in our chamber.

  • Truitt: How to fight cabin fever

    I don’t want to discourage anyone, but it seems that I was correct in my assumption that we are never again going to see warm weather in this region of the country. It is nearly impossible to stay outdoors longer than a few minutes in these frigid temps, and people are starting to go a bit crazy with cabin fever. Last week it was reported that a mom in Cayuga not only completed her children’s baby books, but she filled each one out in Klingon.

  • Getting to know other people

    My life’s quest has always been to know myself. I believe if I can figure myself out everything else will be easy.

    In this attempt to know myself, I have also learned that it’s important to know the traits of others. I believe there are some essentials things we need to know about other people.

  • Harris: Mid-point update from the State Senate

    We have passed the midpoint of the General Assembly, and the activity has continued to be energetic and fast paced. The Senate took up historic legislation this week in House Bill 70.

    House Bill 70 would amend the Kentucky Constitution and allow certain felons with specific crimes that meet the standard to have their voting rights restored. The Senate State and Local Government heard testimony for this bill from the sponsors as well as U.S. Senator Rand Paul.

  • Osborne: House halfway through 2014 session

    It was a busy time in Frankfort this past week as we reached the midway point of the 2014 Regular Session. This week was also the deadline for the drafting of any new legislation.

    This week our House budget review subcommittees finished work on the next two-year Executive Branch budget, we heard the first round of testimony on eminent domain issues related to the proposed Bluegrass Pipeline natural gas liquids project, and we moved legislation that would give one-time, low-level felons a chance to have their felony records erased.

  • The power of a smile

    I was five years old shopping at the grocery store with my mom. We were in the checkout line and I smiled at the lady checking out before us. The lady took a nickel from her change and gave it to me and told me my smile had made her day. She told me to keep smiling.