I just discovered that there are some turnips in the garden that are nearly as large as softballs. Apparently, turnips will keep growing anytime the temperature is just a few degrees above freezing. I checked on them in early November and they were no larger than golf balls. Just over a mont…

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A recently announced symposium sponsored by the Council on Postsecondary Education, in partnership with Gov. Matt Bevin, raises significant open meetings issues. According to the agenda, the invitation-only symposium will be held at the Louisville Marriott East on Dec. 18. Governor Bevin wil…

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Tricky Dickie was an attorney who was so crooked no one would have been surprised if he used a corkscrew as a ruler. As a result, he was finally disbarred from practicing law. Undismayed, he decided that if he couldn’t practice law, he might just as well dispense the law and filed an applica…

The fabric is beginning to darken, showing its age with slight discoloration. Delicate embroidered flowers of blue, pink and light yellow are intertwined with leafy vines. In the midst of the pastel rainbow of tiny stitches is a verse that provides strength through enlightenment during the t…

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Thanks for your recent coverage of the Trump Administration's Fourth National Climate Assessment Report. In the report, our Southeast Region's chapter (https://nca2018.globalchange.gov/chapter/19/) makes it clear - from increases in temperatures, water stress, and freeze-free days, "that tre…

I just wanted to thank you for writing and publishing the story on August 17 about Mike Hale's birthday. It was well written and a great way to honor him and a wonderful Richmond business. Thank you.

Former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney in his eulogy for President George H.W. Bush talked about some of the dramatic international shifts which occurred during the 41st president’s term in office and also were among the most important in modern American history.

A radical and punishing rule change proposed by the President's administration would harm immigrant families in Kentucky and across the country. By keeping families from meeting their basic needs, jeopardizing immigration status and taking resources out of Kentucky communities, the proposal …

When I was a little boy, a couple of my uncles and my grandpa, Mose Adams, (Pap) still recognized Jan. 6 as "old Christmas". They had come to celebrate Dec. 25 as Christmas Day, but they acknowledged that there was a time when Christmas Eve fell on what turned out to be my birthday.

Thumbs down...to a report showing nearly one in four children in the state still live in poverty. According to data published in the 2018 Kids Count County Data Book: "A Holistic Look at Child Wellbeing," the only two categories that have worsened over the years in Madison County are childre…

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While fisherman often talk about the one that got away, Felix was one fisherman who got caught. Traveling to another state where the fishing was reported to be real good, the first thing he did was cast for worms in the earth behind the motel at which he was staying.

In Katowice, Poland, all the signers of the 2015 Paris climate accord are gathered to assess how the world's nations are meeting their goals to cut carbon emissions.

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First, let’s be honest — there is no "War On Coal." Just so, there was no "War On Buggy Whips" when the automobile took over the highways. Nor was there a "War On Telephone Operators" when the digitized telephone system was activated.

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In November, the Democratic Party amassed a tremendous electoral victory. The Democrats flipped 40 seats, winning seats that Republicans now hold! Nationwide, the popular vote for the U.S. Congress went to the Democrats by a whopping 7 percentage points. The Democrats also flipped 350 state …

A few years ago, I stood in the Capitol rotunda and urged policymakers to rid Kentucky of its Certificate of Need plague since the policy amounts to nothing more than a government "permission slip" for new health-care providers to create and compete.

If you decide to read the book I'm about to recommend, don't lay it down for a couple of days after you commence reading, then pick it back up and forget that it's pure fiction.

It was 1928. Herbert Hoover was running for president of the United States against Franklin D. Roosevelt when two chickens met on a highway leading out of town. Each had all their belongings wrapped in a bundle attached to a discarded broom handle that hung over their shoulders.

Edna Mae figured her husband George was a total loss and tried to figure how to turn him into a profit. The answer, she finally figured out, was quite simple. She'd insure his life for a bundle of money -- without him knowing about it -- and then she'd knock him off. And, like any good exter…

Thumbs up...to the Achievement Awards Banquet for honoring community members who make a difference. This year's recipients included four first-time achievers, a children's advocate and three young people from the Richmond Teen Center. James Turner was noted as being the first African America…

Many of us think about the charitable organizations we will support as we enter this season of giving. There are numerous options and reasons motivating us. I would like to point out and give thanks to the active Kentucky Colonels, both living in the Commonwealth and from around the world, w…

Change is scary. I understand that. Yet we have reached the point in Kentucky's history when change to our minimum standards for high school graduation is necessary to ensure that our children are well-prepared for postsecondary education and the workforce.

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Citizens of Madison Co. and Richmond, if you value the convenience of parking on First St. in Richmond or in the city lot above City Hall, you should know that much of that will disappear if the City Commission signs contracts to replace convenient parking with trees, grass and benches.

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If, as critics claim, right-to-work doesn't matter, why have Kentucky's union bosses spent gobs of their organizations' dollars filing lawsuits designed to halt or overturn the practice of allowing workers to choose their own path regarding union membership and payment of dues without threat…

I've had a lifelong fascination with the longevity of erroneously "settled" protocols. As an example, the old Vietnam-era "best practice" of avoiding if at all possible the application of a tourniquet on a bleeding casualty was considered the gospel all the way up to the start of our current war.

I may have written on this subject before. At least it feels very familiar even though I'm unable to locate it on either of the three different computers on which I've composed this column over the past 20 years. Since the subject is Kindle e-readers, it would almost have to be on one of the…

The people of West Kentucky have much to be grateful for as we enter Thanksgiving week but news of the $150 million casino expansion project in Oak Grove is not one of them. The hype of Big Gambling's economic feast welcoming everyone to join will likely result in a few crumbs left under the…

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