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…

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…

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.

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.

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.

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.

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…

As we inch closer to 2020, what has been murmured and whispered is becoming more and more undeniable. Democrats don't have a clear frontrunner to run presumably against President Donald Trump.

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You wake up in the morning and look into the mirror and you're aghast! It's "that word"! You suddenly realize that you are one of them -- and you don't like being one of them. They're dangerous to your preferred way of living. Then you think -- fearfully -- they may be all around you.

As part of the Trump administration's trade aid package to farmers, the U.S. Department of Agriculture is buying up to $1.2 billion of domestic food items as a way to help U.S. food producers weather the impacts of trade retaliation.

Speaking of doing things one-handed, as we were doing here last week, try opening one of those tiny 1.5” x 2” zip lock packets, about the size of a book of matches, with just your right hand. Using your mouth is not allowed because you don’t want spit or slobber on whatever you’re going to p…

Tell me: What does it actually mean to be an American? In the press of day-to-day events and amid the ongoing tumult of politics, we don't think about this much. Yet it's a crucial question, one that each generation in this country is called upon to answer for itself.

As Secretary of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet, I am committed to finding new ways to help ensure Kentuckians are equipped with the necessary skills, education and training they need to continue enhancing the state's workforce.

Last Tuesday, I was proud to see that the American people voted keep Republicans in control of the U.S. Senate. But we also learned that, come January, the Republican Senate majority will be dealing with a House of Representatives under Democratic control.

We all heard the uproar and the hysteria in Kentucky over the past year. Some people in Kentucky were literally lead to believe that “Republican’s took away teachers pensions”. Ludicrous of course; but this was a reality to those led to believe it by the Kentucky Teachers Association (KEA) a…

This year's election turned a promised blue wave nationally into something akin to a blue slosh or purple puddle -- pick your metaphor --- as progressives' hopes for an overwhelming repudiation of President Donald Trump and his populist policies didn't transpire.

FRANKFORT -- I'm old enough to remember when "liberal" wasn't a four-letter word, before it became a powerful political condemnation in Kentucky politics.

I am returning home from my 93-year-old aunt's memorial service. I'm stuck at the Newark airport. My flight is delayed.

Have you ever tried to put your socks on with one hand? If you haven't, try it some time and let me know how easily it worked out for you and if you've decided to do it all the time. I really don't have a choice, because my left hand doesn't have much utility when it comes to getting dressed…

We're frequently told an upcoming election is the most important of our lifetime. It's just as frequently an exaggeration. But a lot of people think Tuesday's election is more consequential than most mid-term elections.

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For several years now, I've been writing about and speaking to the demographic shift taking place in Kentucky, and the dangers inherent in the consequences of public inaction. The rapid growth in our aging population (20 percent of Kentucky's population is now 60 or older) and those living l…

While Loretta, my brother, Andy, and I were taking the weekend of Oct. 12-14 in the head of Blair Branch at our old home place in Letcher County, our other brothers, Keeter (Keith) and Steve rolled in on Saturday evening. Steve and I watched the other two achieve something that I would not h…

While I'm considering adding "witness a 50-percent turnout at Kentucky polls in a midterm election" to my bucket list, reaching north of 40 percent on Nov. 6 in Kentucky would represent a monumental improvement -- at least compared to the 2014 midterms, when barely 28 percent of registered K…

The program was "Democracy and the Informed Citizen," and the starting point, so relevant to today's politics, was Robert Penn Warren's timeless novel, "All the King's Men."

During the first week of October, after several friends and neighbors had taken what they wanted from our little pumpkin patch on the far side of the garden, my brother, Andy, was checking to see if there were any left worth saving and tossing the rest outside our growing space to keep unwan…

Nationally and in Kentucky, Republicans control the legislative, the executive and, arguably, the judicial branches of government. The election on Nov. 6 will decide whether Kentucky's Republican Governor, Matt Bevin, and our Republican President, Donald Trump, will gain more power or whethe…

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