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Columns

  • State Senate quickly back to work in 2015

    The 2015 legislative session of the Kentucky General Assembly began “part two” of the 2015 session on Tuesday, which made for a busy week for legislators in Frankfort.

    Continuing the goal of “creating Kentucky jobs and strengthening Kentucky families,” the Senate Majority Caucus wasted no time introducing our next five priority bills and giving them a first reading on the Senate floor Tuesday.

  • Do you act ‘holier than thou’?

    During one of his political campaigns, a delegation called on Theodore Roosevelt at his home in Oyster Bay, Long Island. The President met them with his coat off and his sleeves rolled up. “Ah, gentlemen,” he said, “come down to the barn and we will talk while I do some work.” At the barn, Roosevelt picked up a pitchfork and looked around for the hay. Then he called out, “John, where’s all the hay?”

  • Lobbying state lawmakers for better education

    Next week members of the Oldham County Board of Education and I will join hundreds of others for “Kids First,” an advocacy day in Frankfort. This annual event provides an opportunity for us to speak directly to legislators in face-to-face conversations about topics important to public education.

    I look forward each year to learning from legislative leaders about proposed legislation and current issues facing education, and sharing our concerns and points of view with them.

  • County deserves option to go ‘wet’

    It’s been more than 10 years since Oldham County considered any version of a law that would allow the sale of packaged alcohol. In 2003, the Oldham County Chamber of Commerce led efforts to allow alcohol sales in restaurants in Oldham County.

  • California Girls

    During these cold winter months, I often find myself singing along to songs about warm weather destinations; Blue Hawaii, Carolina in the Morning and of course the entire Beach Boys’ collection. I love the Beach Boys and know most of their songs by heart, but occasionally I get sidetracked pondering the shallow lyrics.

  • Have two brown thumbs? No problem!
  • Do you struggle with acquired situational narcissism?

    Celebrities tend to misbehave in tiresome and predictable ways, like tantrums, affairs and addictions, and we tend to think they’re spoiled. But one psychiatrist, Cornell’s Robert B. Millman, says they’re not spoiled, they’re sick. The affliction is Acquired Situational Narcissism.

  • Self-evaluations: learning how to accept it all

    Like a lot of twenty-somethings out there, I struggle with self-perception. But it’s not my physical appearance that I have the most trouble accepting.

    What I mean by this is that, often times, I have trouble with my self-evaluation of me.

    Me: at this very moment in my life.

    My usual routine when I first sit down at 9 a.m. in my oh-so-yellow office at the Era is to drink my freshly brewed coffee while scrolling all three of my favorite social media websites.

    Nothing was unusual about my routine the other day.

  • Authentic flavors half a world away

    Thanks to my in-laws’ kind willingness to babysit for a week, I was able to visit hubby in Berlin sans kids. I had never been apart from them for more than three days, so leaving was a bit of a struggle. They cried, I cried and we counted the number of bedtimes until I would be home again.

    But once I got on the plane, it was like, “Kids? What kids?”

    Three days into the trip, hubby asked, “How are the children doing?”

    “Um, I assume they’re doing okay.”

  • Why do people hate Christians?

    “Christianity is not a religion it is a dangerous mind-control program that encourages genocide.” “Christianity was made to brainwash. This is how people got power and money while others believed that all this was because they ‘served God.’ ”

    “Then my father went on to tell me that I am going to pay, and how he is going to make my life a living hell, and started threatening me with a reversed mortgage when he dies.”