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Columns

  • Changing up New Year’s resolutions

    By LIZ GILLIS

  • In Tucson, words to bind a nation

    The powerful elegy that President Obama delivered in Tucson was a big step toward his long-held goal of transforming the nation’s choleric and dysfunctional political culture. Subsequent steps will be harder — but no longer seem impossible.

    Listening to Obama’s speech brought back memories of Obama the candidate, a mesmerizing orator with the power to summon visions of a better America. He seemed almost to transcend politics.

  • State help for business owners

    I’ve always admired people who start a business on their own. It takes an extreme amount of courage. Unless you’re independently wealthy — and not many of us are — or have someone to help support you, starting a business puts you at risk for going belly-up financially.

    Then there’s the effort owning your own business requires. Eight-hour shifts aren’t that common among the business owners I know. I’ve never owned a small business, but I’ve managed one, and I considered myself lucky if I ended the workweek with 50 hours.

  • Poetry: Better than you think

    When I went to Barnes & Noble recently I discovered something I wish I hadn’t: while the “Teen Supernatural Romance” section occupied a row of three bookshelves within the larger Teen section, the poetry section had shrunk from three bookshelves to two.

    Maybe only a handful of people will react to this news with the same disappointment. I know reading poetry won’t come up on any list of popular pastimes. But weighing the relative historical and social significance of these two categories leaves no comparison.

  • Some language requires careful use

    Humans are constantly displaying a gap between what we say and what we do. This manifests itself in a variety of ways, some of which are rather benign. For example, using a bit of hyperbole to enliven the retelling of a humorous anecdote.

    Often, we use language to expand or exaggerate our emotions in an effort to convey the depth of what we feel. This can be applied to a whole range of feelings and is employed in a variety of situations.

  • America’s team is not in DC

  • The 2011 session begins in Frankfort

    The 2009 session of your General Assembly focused last week on organizing the leadership posts and committee assignments for the next two years. As you may know, I declined to run for a leadership position, resigning as Whip of the minority caucus. The last two years as Whip were extremely busy, the work effective and rewarding. However, anyone can do the job, and they’ll also do it well if they throw themselves into it. But the more time I spend in Frankfort, the less I have in my home district. So I stepped aside, and am happy about the decision.   

  • Sen. Higdon’s report from Frankfort

    FRANKFORT — Usually, the first week is an organizational week during which the different parties elect their leadership. This year was different. When we announced the Senate Majority legislative agenda in December, we committed to move aggressively on passing legislation regarding job creation, education, and transparent and responsive government. With the passage of these bills, the “Agenda for Prosperity,” very few can say we didn’t deliver on that promise this first week.

  • All aboard, still plenty of room

    My younger sister, Sarah, is a planner.

    She finished undergraduate school in 3-1/2 years because she planned to do just that. She began law school in August following her graduation from college because that was in her plans. Now, with only one semester left before she completes her law degree, she is planning for her next step — her wedding. Well, technically she is planning for the bar in July and then the wedding in August.

  • Let’s celebrate gifts and hope

    Gifts from good people often come so unexpectedly, and calls to hope come from many sources, too.