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Columns

  • Tipton doing his part, but solution not in sight

    Column as I see ’em …
    Mind if I do a little sniping from the cheap seats about the past week’s lamentations about the state budget?
    Didn’t think so.
    While it’s clearly more complicated (or perhaps convoluted) than I’m capable of understanding from the cheap seat behind my keyboard, I’m fairly sure I can provide at least one simple explanation that might provide insight into why the budget is so out of whack.

  • Raising kids nowadays difficult for kids of ‘80s

    Being a kid of the 1980s makes it a bit more difficult to raise children born post 9/11. There are so many differences in the world that have occurred since we were children.
    One of the biggest being that, in the 80s we didn’t have cell phones. You got a quarter to call your mom from a payphone (and yes, there were payphones everywhere) to pick you up from the mall or the arcade.

  • Governor’s budget contains ‘smoke and mirrors’

    Last Tuesday, Gov. Bevin proposed his 24-month spending strategy. On the surface, his budget looks reasonable and responsible. However, once we started digging deeper, we found cuts to education, human services, and other programs Kentuckians depend upon to have long-lasting ripple effects in our communities.

  • Pro-life legislation passes House

    This week in Frankfort proved to be not only fruitful, but historic for the Kentucky House of Representatives. For the first time in more than 12 years, debate and a floor vote was allowed on a pro-life piece of legislation. Senate Bill 4, commonly known as the informed consent bill, passed the House by a vote of 92-3.

  • Daughter’s homecoming to include grits

    My daughter has been in California for the last 18 months. She’s coming home in a few weeks and has already requested cheese grits for her first breakfast at home.
    Grits are certainly not as common in California. I might try the recipe below, which is a Kentucky favorite with country ham and grits. Add some broccoli to this recipe and it ups the nutritional value.
    Sounds weird, but I think it’s delicious and I’m not a fan of country ham.

  • Recapping the 2015 beef market

    Recently, I attended the Agricultural Economic Outlook for 2016 presented by specialists in the College of Agriculture Agricultural Economics Department.
    While there, they also discussed the 2015 cattle market and offered some thoughts as to why we saw such a drastic change from spring to fall. Below is a summary of their explanation of why this occurred.
    Let’s start with the basics.

  • Alton residents not taking no for answer

    Column as I see ’em …
    The political pundits and party bosses scratching their heads over insurgent presidential candidates like Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders should have been at Alton Christian Church on Monday night.
    There they would have found the answers that have eluded them as to why such fringe characters  — described by their detractors as the boorish billionaire and nutty socialist — have skyrocketed in popularity.

  • Note to fellow shoppers: Get out of my way!

    Is there anything worse than leaving the grocery store with a case of shopping rage?
    While I am thankful that the holiday rush is over for another 11 months, it still irritates me when fellow shoppers are just plain inconsiderate or when store management fails to enforce the law of shopperland.

  • Tough decisions lie ahead in state budget

    The Kentucky General Assembly completed day 12 of the 2016 Regular Session last Thursday. The decision was made to cancel the Friday session so members could return home before the inclement weather arrived.
    I want to express my appreciation and gratitude to all of our dedicated transportation workers and our first responders who worked so hard to keep all of us safe last weekend.

  • Turn snowstorm into a mini vacation

    OK, did everyone get their snow hit? If you’re still craving more, may I suggest a trip to Minnesota? I am Norwegian American, with roots in Minnesota. I know I can “weather the snow.”  I just don’t like to, unless I’m skiing.
    I could ski here on the farm, but there’s that long walk back up. Of course, I still have that long walk up after a big snow. My four-wheel drive truck can make it up or down, once. Then, I have a luge track and must wait for the thaw.