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Opinion

  • I had a great weekend as I attended the Kentucky Southern Gospel Music Singing Convention last Friday and Saturday in Cave City.

    The convention featured around 100 different southern gospel groups from throughout the state and other parts of the country. Each group was able to sing around three songs on stage each night.

  • I love history, in fact my most ideal form of relaxation would be lounging in a chair outside in the shade with a history book; almost any era or subject of history will do.

    When I discovered my son, Eli, had a keen interest in Abraham Lincoln I was thrilled! I jumped on the opportunity to bring the kids with me to Hodgenville when I forgot something at the office Saturday. After we got what I needed we stopped by the Lincoln Museum. While I was busy keeping Sam under control, Isaac and Eli were admiring the scenes from Lincoln’s life.

  • Right now, as I begin writing this, the game is tied. What’s that? You don’t know what game I’m talking about? Oh, well, it’s only the biggest game in the NBA. That’s right, I’m watching the NBA Championship game at the edge of my seat with a sick feeling in my stomach because the Cleveland Cavs are playing and the odds are completely against them.

  • Baby Boomers, Generation X and Millennials. The lack of retirement savings in our country is an epidemic that affects all three generations.

    According to the 2016 Retirement Confidence Survey from the Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI), only two-thirds of workers (or their spouses) are currently saving for retirement, with 26 percent reporting they have less than $1,000 saved. It’s time to sweat the small stuff.

  • I’ve been sick, so sick in fact that, finally, after I was lovingly sent home by Allison last Monday and told to go to the doctor and get checked out, I went to the doctor for the second time in less than a week. First time, was bronchitis, I didn’t rest and take care of myself. Long story short: it made me worse, I had mononucleosis and the antibiotics I was on caused me to break out in a rash all over. I was off for all of last week.

  • Site Selection is not a magazine most of us would keep on our coffee table, but for those in government and business who track economic development, this publication is one not to be missed.

    Fortunately, it has had a lot of good things to say about Kentucky in recent years, and over the past two, it has awarded us its annual Governor’s Cup for having more major job announcements than any other state on a per capita basis.

  • The General Assembly may be at its busiest during the first several months of the year, when the House and Senate are focused on passing new laws, but the summer and fall months are important as well to the legislative process.

  • I overheard an adult mom recently commenting to a friend that their college-aged daughter refused to Friend her on Facebook. The other person commented enthusiastically that her daughter had friended her, and she followed her closely! I “almost” did not have the heart to tell them they were both out-of-touch with reality.

  • Worldwide, wheat is the third most-produced grain, trailing only corn (maize) and rice. In the United States, wheat accounts for about two-thirds of all grains consumed. However, much of the wheat we eat is refined (missing its nutritious bran and germ) or enriched (refined grain with just five of the dozens of missing or reduced nutrients added back in).

  • Eli is our second child; to say he’s energetic would be an understatement. He is lightning in a bottle, wrapped in a warm hug and decorated with Optimis Prime and Angry Birds.

    He loves to draw, loves school and he knows no strangers. He friends with everyone. He recently ‘graduated’ from kindergarten. His school had a Kindergarten promotion ceremony where the students got up on stage, received an award for what they do best, then came back up later for their little diplomas. Each child got to dress up as what they wanted to be when they grow up.

  • I have been amazed by a new phase that is taking over the standard yard sales and those are pallet sales.

    I discovered this new phenomenon when visiting family back in my hometown of Brodhead and Rockcastle County. My mom and several people in my family hit them up often and have bought a lot of different stuff from them.

    It’s really sparked my interest and being naturally curious, I have been doing some research on how these pallet sales work.

  • Need ideas on how to keep your salad greens fresh? A nutrition specialist with Nebraska Extension shares these salad-making tips. Salad dressing slides off damp salad greens and collects in the bottom of the salad bowl. You’ll get more flavor with less dressing (and fewer calories!) if salad greens are washed and dried before tossing your salad with dressing. A tablespoon of an oil and vinegar dressing may be all it takes for two cups of dried salad greens.

  • Need ideas on how to keep your salad greens fresh? A nutrition specialist with Nebraska Extension shares these salad-making tips. Salad dressing slides off damp salad greens and collects in the bottom of the salad bowl. You’ll get more flavor with less dressing (and fewer calories!) if salad greens are washed and dried before tossing your salad with dressing. A tablespoon of an oil and vinegar dressing may be all it takes for two cups of dried salad greens.

  • The first six week Walking Challenge was a great success, it was promoted by the Extension Office during the Extension Expo and ran from Easter to Mother’s Day this spring. 69 people participated on 13 walking teams. Each team could have up to six people and had fun names such as: Board Walkers, Book – It!, CHC Power Walkers, Holy Walkamolies, Lincoln’s Ladies, Much Ado About Books, Red Hot Chili Steppers, Roam’n Chicklets, Sassy Steppers, Steppin’ into Spring, The Fast & Furious Five, The Tootsie Rolls and Walk It Like It’s Hot.

  • Last week, state tourism leaders unveiled the latest annual study on the positive impact this industry has in Kentucky.  In a word, the news was good.

    Overall, tourism generated nearly $14 billion in direct and indirect sales in 2015, a five percent increase over 2014’s total.  It supported 186,000 jobs and provided nearly $1.5 billion in state and local tax revenue.

  • Vacation has been a thing we do in small clusters of one long weekend here and one long weekend there and usually we’re camping. We haven’t really taken a vacation since our camper’s roof started leaking and floor practically rotted out from under our feet. In other words, it’s been a couple of years.

  • A quarter-century ago, Kentucky had nowhere to go but up when it came to the education levels of adults 25 and older.

    Only two-thirds had graduated from high school and less than a sixth had earned a bachelor’s degree.  No state had a lower combined percentage.

  • Is your Internet connection fast enough? Probably not, but, how can you find out how fast it really is?