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Columns

  • One of the more acceptable sins

    If eyes are windows to the soul, the tongue is certainly the thermostat of the heart. What is the temperature of your heart? Is your heart warm: Filled with good and encouraging words for people around you? Or is it cold: talking down about someone, tearing away at their character, looks or circumstances? Maybe your heart is somewhere in the middle; a tepid battle ground that changes with it’s surroundings? Sometimes you encourage and uplift with your words, other times, if it suits you and you feel the need, you tear down and destroy with your words.

  • Criminal expungement discussed in Kentucky General Assembly

    By Terry Mills

    An effort to help potentially tens of thousands of Kentuckians truly put their past behind them cleared a key legislative milestone on Friday when the Kentucky House voted to broaden eligibility for criminal expungement.

    Similar measures have passed the chamber numerous times, but there is hope that this year’s legislation will be successful, given the increased bipartisan support it has received.

  • Value of veterans in the civilian workforce

    By Virgil McCloud

    Transitioning from military to civilian life and finding the right fit in the civilian workforce can be a frustrating and trying experience. As I’ve learned firsthand, leaving the military isn’t just about finding a new job, it’s leaving everything you’ve known for years and entering into new territory.

    Annually, in the Army alone, more than 100,000 soldiers make this transition. Of those 100,000, upwards of 3,000 leave the Army from Fort Knox. This past year, I was one of them.

  • Back away from the winter-time bad habits

    Winter is the perfect time to curl up often with a good book or movie.  When it gets cold and snowy we tend to like comfort foods and quiet times in a warm spot. Comfort foods tend to be higher in carbohydrates, smooth and warm such as macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes, cornbread, biscuits and grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup.

    Comfort foods tend to be high in fat as well. They are fine in small amounts, but along with comfort foods in the winter you probably have a decrease in physical activity.  You can see the result in your waistline.  

  • General assembly is underway

    This week, as it has regularly done since Kentucky became the nation’s 15th state in 1792, the General Assembly returns to the Capitol to start another legislative session.

    Since it is an even-numbered year, the House and Senate will meet for 60 working days and wrap up our work by April 15th, as required by Kentucky’s constitution.

    Our biggest task during this time will be enacting a two-year state budget that will take effect next July.  While it is too soon to say what policy decisions will be made, the overall numbers are already known.

  • A look back on the 2015 legislative session

    As the General Assembly readies for a return to the Capitol next week to start another legislative session, it is worth taking a look back on what has happened since the last one ended in late March.

    This period is known as the interim and it gives the house and senate’s two dozen joint committees, plus several temporary ones, time to review the issues affecting the state in a less pressure-filled setting.  In some cases, meetings are held across the state.

  • What to know about the Apple Watch

    Okay. Christmas has come and gone for another year and you either received a new Apple Watch as a gift, or decided you deserved one, so you gifted yourself. Good for you. I was one of those people who tried to resist the Apple Watch for as long as I could, but finally caved in to temptation and glad I did. You heard me, I love my Apple Watch.

  • Preserve some sunshine this winter

    Last summer’s canning season may be over, but you can brighten up gray winter days with homemade marmalade.  This recipe from the National Center for Home Food Preservation does not need added pectin to gel, because citrus fruits contain enough of their own natural pectin.

    Citrus Marmalade

    Ingredients:

    Three-fourths cup grapefruit peel (from 1 grapefruit)

    Three-fourths) cup orange peel (from 1 orange)

    One-third) cup lemon peel (from 1 lemon)

    1 quart cold water

    pulp of 1 grapefruit

  • Where did the year go?

    When I was growing up, I used to hear ‘times flies the older you get’. I thought that was crazy. It seemed forever between holidays, birthdays, special occasions, and the last day of school each year.

    Well, it’s not crazy at all. So much of the world takes me away from the things I love the most. I love being a mom, the Cleaver version I will never be, but I try. I love to scrapbook, do crafts, hang out with friends, but it seems too much gets in the way of doing the things I just want to do, because of the things I have to do.

  • Urgent care, kids, a good data plan

    In winter with three children it seems that at some point on any given day some one always has a sniffle, sneeze, cough or a nose that won’t stop dripping.