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  • COLUMN: No improvements needed for 'True Grit' - but filmmakers made them anyway

    When I heard that someone was remaking the movie classic “True Grit,” my first thought was “why.”
    Remakes are generally a waste of time and a movie like “True Grit” needs no improvements. As corny as it sounds, one of my favorite scenes in the 1969 film is John Wayne as one-eyed, cranky Rooster Cogburn on horseback, reins in teeth and Colts in both hands, charging the bad guys.

  • COLUMN: Random drug tests a good idea for welfare recipients

    Under a newly proposed bill – House Bill 208 – state recipients of food stamps, Medicaid or other state assistance could face losing their benefits if they can’t pass a drug test.
    The bill, proposed by Rep. Lonnie Napier, R-Lancaster, has already won the backing of House Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonburg. I think he might be onto something as well.

  • COLUMN: Smiling faces can be evil clowns in disguise ... and I got proof

    My husband Bud and I were talking about ourselves the other day.
    We determined that we are not big grinners. That sometimes is off-putting to people who are big grinners.
    Smiley People sometimes try to “cheer us up.” The thing is, we may not be glum at the moment. We just look it.
    At times, we have misunderstood “Smiley Person’s” motive and think they are simply obnoxious.

  • COLUMN: Meeting corrections challenges means finding common ground

    It is uncommon – especially in these days of polarizing political rhetoric – to find two people with significantly different points of view working toward the same goal. Yet that is exactly the situation we find ourselves in as members of a state task force that is looking for solutions to Kentucky's big – and growing – challenges in corrections spending.

  • COLUMN: If you don't want it in ink, don't do it

    Last week my husband and I went to dinner. A simple, pleasant dinner, until I heard “it.”
    “It” was the remark that the paper, this paper, had printed false information about a particular person. I didn’t catch the person’s name they were referring to but I would have liked to know. The few key words I did catch were “in jail, meth and wrongly accused.”

  • Let 'be nice' be your motto for 2011

    Often times, New Year’s resolutions consist of weight loss, money management and various other personal goals.

    People often fail to acknowledge resolutions that are fairly easy to implement. For example, in today’s society I see a lack of respect for mankind. Respect is an easy thing to give and most people were taught at an early age to “treat people how you would want to be treated.”

    Instead I see violence, slander, theft and turmoil that seem to overpower the kindness that some people extend to others.

  • Make 'giving back' part of your new year routine

  • COLUMN: Take time to give thanks

    For many people, holidays are a time to come together and give thanks for what you have. Holidays are an appropriate time for family members to share something for which they are thankful. 

    Be thankful for the food you are eating. Someone put a lot of time, money, and effort into your holiday feast. Be thankful for the nourishment and hard work. 

  • COLUMN: How about starting resolutions in December?

     “Traditionally” a lot of people make resolutions at the beginning of each new year on the calendar.
    This year, I started making some starting Dec. 1. Why now?  Maybe it has been in part to celebrate surviving eight months of a very intense schedule, going full speed all the time. Maybe it is just a streak of perversity, a type of push back to all the “you have to” messages coming at us from too many directions. Whatever ….

  • COLUMN: Santa letters bring out the bad and the beautiful

    How are you sir? I’m fine. Since you’re a nice guy will you give the homeless houses to live in or money please? If I’ve been bad sorry cause I want toys and other stuf. How is Ms. Claus? Is she doing good? I hope so, if she isn’t than I’m sorry. How old is Rudolph? I bet hes old. If hes dead, than sorry. So what about his parents. Same thing I said last time. And say to the reindeer that I said “hi.” List of toys fish and make it were I can go to my dads and more toys. And well leave you some milk and cookies.