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Columns

  • Budget passed, session enters veto period

    We finished Wednesday at about midnight, having passed the state budget for the next two years (beginning July 2008). Now we have what is called a “veto period,” and here’s what that means.

    Any bill that passes both chambers of the General Assembly becomes a law when Gov. Steve Beshear signs it. He has 10 days, not including Sundays, to make up his mind and if he doesn’t sign it, the bill becomes law. He could also veto the bill.

  • Race statements are too general

    Forty years after the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. was killed, we sometimes talk about race in America as if nothing has changed. The truth is that everything has changed — mostly for the better — and that if we’re ever going to see King’s dream fulfilled, first we have to acknowledge that this is not an America he would have recognized.

  • Time to get scared of the economy

    People in New York and Washington who know a great deal more than I do about high finance are apparently scared.

    The bailout of the Bear Stearns investment bank was done for one reason: There was widespread fear that if Bear Stearns went belly up, it would set off a chain reaction among the investment banks and lead to a financial meltdown.

  • History is important; the past is still here

    Journalists are lucky in that we get to write about the past, present and future, the whole package of time. Covering an area like Nelson County gives me the chance to focus on my favorite of the three — history.

    After writing an article about the Diocese of Bardstown’s 200th anniversary recently, I was regaling my friend with what I had learned about how the diocese began when she asked, “Why do you like that stuff?”

    “What stuff? The Catholic Church?” I replied.

    “No, all that old stuff,” she said.

  • Cell phones are handy if used in moderation

    When the tides began to turn, making cellular phones a more dominant form of personal telephonic communication than the regular old landline, I resisted.

    I didn’t want to and didn’t need to be a part of the communication revolution.

    For one, I didn’t like what I saw when almost everyone around me was glued to their phone, at the beck and call of friends, family and business acquaintances at all times. From afar, the invasion of technology seemed intrusive. Every instant of people’s lives were consumed.

  • Wanna bet gambling becomes an issue again?

    Casino gambling, that divisive phrase that has been floating around since Steve Beshear announced his candidacy for governor, is dead.

    The obituary appeared in statewide papers Friday.

    Not even a landslide Democratic governor could leverage the necessary support out of a Democrat-controlled House to get it to a floor vote.

    I’m disappointed.

  • Why do we pray for one another, ourselves?

    Easter is such a special time — for people living out of religious traditions and others, too. Spring arriving (or at least the effects of Winter 2008 diminishing!) seems to help out.

    One of the things we do at Easter as well as the rest of the year is pray for people.

  • You just know it when a strange week is coming

    It’s been one of those weird weeks for me.I should have known it was going to be that way when I started Monday morning washing my hair in the bathroom sink instead of the shower. The two prior mornings I had stepped out of my shower onto a wet bathroom floor. The first morning I didn’t know from where it was coming. I thought my toilet had sprung a leak. A quick survey proved that theory wrong. It must have been a fluke, I reasoned with myself.

  • Renovations across the river could benefit Ky.

    Crossing the Ohio River bridge recently, one could not help but notice the progress happening in New Albany.The river city that has known its share of hard winters is on the move — with downtown development and also expanding higher-education horizons. That’s a 1-2 punch to which any progressive community can subscribe.A redevelopment project downtown is known as Scribner Place; the anchors are a YMCA and city-owned natatorium (aquatic center).

  • Earth Hour: A little can make a big difference

    As the times become rougher economically with the price of gas slowly creeping closer to $4 which is subsequently driving up the price of food and other goods, the housing market has become depressed and uncertain and a credit crunch has left many people feeling stretched thin.

    These are all events we hear about every day on the radio and TV, but these economic problems currently plaguing our country are connected to a much larger one.