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Columns

  • A look into the state legislature

    On the 45th day of the legislative session, the House finally passed its budget bill. This leaves us in the Senate only 13 days to work on the budget, present it in a committee, and vote on a Senate version. Thirteen days, less than two weeks, and if we take 13, our power to veto is lost.

  • Earley:The Total Depravity of the Soul

    The children lined up in the cafeteria of a religious school for lunch. At the head of the table was a large pile of apples. A teacher made a note, “Take only one, God is watching.” At the other end of the table was a large pile of chocolate chip cookies. A boy wrote a note, “Take all you want, God is watching the apples.”

  • Getting away from if a candidate is ‘Republican enough’

    At the recent Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) meeting, virtually every Republican of any stature stepped to the microphone to regurgitate their conservative credentials.

    One cannot be too conservative for the CPAC. Try as they might, I doubt that any candidate is actually conservative enough for this group. In spite of every speaker banging the drum of conservative rhetoric, none are truly worthy.

  • Let go of control and allow energy to flow

    No one likes to be controlled. Do you know anyone who likes it? Do your children, employees, spouse or friends thank you for trying to be totally in charge of their lives? Striving for control does not endear you to anyone. In fact, it usually gets the opposite reaction. The harder you push, the more they rebel. For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. In your face or behind your back, you receive a big dose of “you can’t make me.”

  • 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.