By the Associated PressToday is Thursday, September 18, the 261st day of 2014. There are 104 days left in the year.Today's Highlight in History:
LEXINGTON — If there was ever a week that this space needed to cut through the crap and clutter of Kentucky's U.S. Senate race, this is it. The facts and the truth have never been so obscured by the artifice, spin, stonewalling and...
National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell wrote his own pink slip with his inexcusable handling of the Ray Rice domestic violence case.
By the Associated PressToday is Wednesday, September 17, the 260th day of 2014. There are 105 days left in the year.Today's Highlight in History:
The Stand in the Gap Coalition (SIGCO) is planning a unique and massive prayer walk on Nov.8, titled “Stand At The Cross.”
When I was a child I never got tired of watching the television program The Lone Ranger. He always rode in on his white horse Silver to save the day
Over time federal agencies have flipped the Freedom of Information Act (ACT) on its head. Congress clearly intended the FOIA to be a tool for the public to pry information out of federal agencies. In recent years, however, agencies have blatantly...
Were it not for horribly misguided Islamic religious fanatics in northern Nigeria and tribal Pakistan, the World Health Organization might have been able to eradicate polio this year. And in fact the organization and its health care allies have...
By the Associated PressToday is Tuesday, September 16, the 259th day of 2014. There are 106 days left in the year.Today's Highlight in History:
Calling the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed new clean-air regulations “illegal” and a “real and present danger,” the attorneys general of Kentucky and West Virginia have locked arms with several of their...
Seven weeks before the elections, Republicans and Democrats are both playing it safe, willing to make short-term sacrifices of long-held positions in hopes of maximizing their chances for victory at the polls.
When a leader projects weakness, an enemy will prey upon that weakness.Weakness is what we have seen in President Barack Obama.
Did you know that more than half of your body weight is water? Our bodies cannot make enough water to survive. In fact, human beings can only live three to four days without water. Adults usually need to drink at least six to eight cups of water or...
If Loretta is home, and the phone rings, she will answer it, almost every time, morning, noon or dense-dark-dead of night. Even if the area code on caller ID might be in Timbuktu or the Aboriginal Outback of Australia, my wife will respond anytime the...
Last week, CVS pharmacies made news by making good on their promise to strip their 7,700 stores of tobacco products in order to provide their customers with more health-oriented services.
He says that no real addict or alcoholic wakes up one day and says, “This is the day I want to get clean and sober.”
By the Associated PressToday is Saturday, September 13, the 256th day of 2014. There are 109 days left in the year.Today's Highlight in History:
As your Attorney General, I am committed to fighting for Kentucky families and keeping the big banks honest. That's why I was proud to join the U.S. Department of Justice last month in announcing a nearly $17 billion settlement with Bank of...
By the Associated PressToday is Friday, September 12, the 255th day of 2014. There are 110 days left in the year.Today's Highlight in History:
There's a link between the recent reports about Lexington's new initiative to address homelessness and the long waits at the University of Kentucky Medical Center's emergency room.That link should become stronger.
Addiction is a liar. It feeds you thoughts of shame, guilt, embarrassment and hopelessness. It's voice is fear. Fear to surrender, fear to love and be loved, fear to reach out and ask for help.
“But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet, so that the people are not warned, and the sword comes and takes any one of them, that person is taken away in his iniquity, but his blood I will require at the...
By the Associated PressToday is Thursday, September 11, the 254th day of 2014. There are 111 days left in the year.Today's Highlight in History:
While ISIS horrifically beheaded Steven Sotloff and James Foley, some Americans were being inconvenienced on airplanes. Most of us are spoiled and when we stop and think for a minute our inconveniences are small in comparison to so much else in the...
Politics keeps complicating efforts to diversify the economy of Appalachian Kentucky, especially the eastern-coalfield counties that have seen nearly half their coal jobs disappear in the last two years.
The end of September will be do or die for the U.S. Export-Import Bank.
By the Associated PressToday is Wednesday, September 10, the 253rd day of 2014. There are 112 days left in the year.Today's Highlight in History:On September 10, 1939, Canada declared war on Germany.
Eleven days after the shooting death of Mike Brown, a black teen in Ferguson, Mo., a 25-year-old mentally ill black man with a knife goes to a gunfight with St. Louis police. He lost. Suicide by cop?
It was a little incongruous, shall we say, for the country's two-term vice president, Joe Biden, to say, as he did at a recent rally, “It's time to take America back!”
Burger King bills itself as “home of the Whopper,” a name intended to convey to burger eaters that this one is a whale of a deal. But “whopper” also means a prevarication, a crock, a tall tale — hogwash.
During August and September it will be easy to spot Joe-Pye Weed along roadsides and woodland edges. I've been wondering for years how it got its name, so I looked it up and the answer follows.
By the Associated PressToday is Tuesday, September 9, the 252nd day of 2014. There are 113 days left in the year.Today's Highlight in History:
Twelve years ago, the beheading of the Wall Street Journal's Daniel Pearl by al-Qaida jihadis in Pakistan reaffirmed the dangers of reporting from the world's most dangerous places.
Fall is normally not the time that we see Asian Lady Beetles in the home but now is the time to begin to prevent them from entering your home. These beetles begin their journey in the next month to find a warm location for the winter.
By all accounts, America's emerging cannabis industry is shaping up to be the country's biggest business experiment of the 21st century.
Despite these last few months of hot and lazy days, it's been hard not to notice a cold political wind blowing through the country. The magazine Foreign Affairs captured it with its latest cover, a mockup of a travel poster featuring a crumbling...
Kicking the tobacco habit just got easier, especially if you shop at CVS drug stores.
Most of us have heard the admonition to avoid hospitals if possible because we might come out with a larger number of illnesses than we had when we went in. The numbers tossed around of patients who get a hospital-acquired infection and die are...
By the Associated PressToday is Saturday, September 6, the 249th day of 2014. There are 116 days left in the year.Today's Highlight in History:
Loretta and I spent Labor Day weekend in Nashville attending our darling, Patty Tarquino's wedding.
By the Associated PressToday is Friday, September 5, the 248th day of 2014. There are 117 days left in the year.Today's Highlight in History:
At the beginning of my teaching career, I taught first grade for five years. I still remember some of the cute things those children said and did. One story that stands out was written by Jon-Marc Wiggins, “The Day the Chicken Poopied on My...
A carefully reported account by staff writer Mary Meehan detailed the long waits patients have at the University of Kentucky's new, state-of-the-art emergency room — waits that are the longest in Kentucky and far exceed the national...
Until recently, I never really paid much attention to the Native American mascot issue. “It's not my fight,” I thought.
By the Associated PressToday is Thursday, September 4, the 247th day of 2014. There are 118 days left in the year.Today's Highlight in History:
This much we know: There always will be children going home from school on a Friday without knowing if they will have enough food to carry them over until the next Monday.
There is finally a break in the Justice Department's infamous Fast and Furious gunrunning scandal to Mexican drug cartels of hundreds of assault weapons.
I grew up on bacon, sausage and pork chops. We raised hogs. We butchered at least one a year. There is nothing like a big skillet of fried bacon and sausage in the morning with hot biscuits, scrambled eggs and gravy.
Normally I am plant lover kind of guy, but there is a group of foreigners that I love to hate. They are classed exotic invasive plants, and they are determined to take over the U.S. an acre at a time, disrupting native plants and ecosystems as they...
By the Associated PressToday is Wednesday, September 3, the 246th day of 2014. There are 119 days left in the year.Today's Highlight in History: