When I was a child I never got tired of watching the television program The Lone Ranger. He always rode in on his white horse Silver to save the day
Over time federal agencies have flipped the Freedom of Information Act (ACT) on its head. Congress clearly intended the FOIA to be a tool for the public to pry information out of federal agencies. In recent years, however, agencies have blatantly...
Were it not for horribly misguided Islamic religious fanatics in northern Nigeria and tribal Pakistan, the World Health Organization might have been able to eradicate polio this year. And in fact the organization and its health care allies have...
By the Associated PressToday is Tuesday, September 16, the 259th day of 2014. There are 106 days left in the year.Today's Highlight in History:
Calling the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed new clean-air regulations “illegal” and a “real and present danger,” the attorneys general of Kentucky and West Virginia have locked arms with several of their...
Seven weeks before the elections, Republicans and Democrats are both playing it safe, willing to make short-term sacrifices of long-held positions in hopes of maximizing their chances for victory at the polls.
When a leader projects weakness, an enemy will prey upon that weakness.Weakness is what we have seen in President Barack Obama.
So often we hear that fall or winter is a particularly good time to do certain things in the landscape. This is usually due to the fact that plants have entered into winter dormancy.
Last Sunday afternoon (Sept. 7), those who looked at Cumberland Mountain from the Tennessee and Virginia side got to see a beautiful cloud formation that draped over the top half of the mountain.
Last week, CVS pharmacies made news by making good on their promise to strip their 7,700 stores of tobacco products in order to provide their customers with more health-oriented services.
He says that no real addict or alcoholic wakes up one day and says, “This is the day I want to get clean and sober.”
By the Associated PressToday is Saturday, September 13, the 256th day of 2014. There are 109 days left in the year.Today's Highlight in History:
As your Attorney General, I am committed to fighting for Kentucky families and keeping the big banks honest. That's why I was proud to join the U.S. Department of Justice last month in announcing a nearly $17 billion settlement with Bank of...
By the Associated PressToday is Friday, September 12, the 255th day of 2014. There are 110 days left in the year.Today's Highlight in History:
Have you ever heard the expression 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it'? Well, that might apply to some things in life but home canning is not one of them.
There's a link between the recent reports about Lexington's new initiative to address homelessness and the long waits at the University of Kentucky Medical Center's emergency room.That link should become stronger.
Addiction is a liar. It feeds you thoughts of shame, guilt, embarrassment and hopelessness. It's voice is fear. Fear to surrender, fear to love and be loved, fear to reach out and ask for help.
By the Associated PressToday is Thursday, September 11, the 254th day of 2014. There are 111 days left in the year.Today's Highlight in History:
Are you ready for this? September is National Preparedness Month. Sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), National Preparedness Month seeks to educate Americans on preparing for natural disasters and other types of emergencies.
While ISIS horrifically beheaded Steven Sotloff and James Foley, some Americans were being inconvenienced on airplanes. Most of us are spoiled and when we stop and think for a minute our inconveniences are small in comparison to so much else in the...
Politics keeps complicating efforts to diversify the economy of Appalachian Kentucky, especially the eastern-coalfield counties that have seen nearly half their coal jobs disappear in the last two years.
The end of September will be do or die for the U.S. Export-Import Bank.
By the Associated PressToday is Wednesday, September 10, the 253rd day of 2014. There are 112 days left in the year.Today's Highlight in History:On September 10, 1939, Canada declared war on Germany.
Eleven days after the shooting death of Mike Brown, a black teen in Ferguson, Mo., a 25-year-old mentally ill black man with a knife goes to a gunfight with St. Louis police. He lost. Suicide by cop?
It was a little incongruous, shall we say, for the country's two-term vice president, Joe Biden, to say, as he did at a recent rally, “It's time to take America back!”
Burger King bills itself as “home of the Whopper,” a name intended to convey to burger eaters that this one is a whale of a deal. But “whopper” also means a prevarication, a crock, a tall tale — hogwash.
By the Associated PressToday is Tuesday, September 9, the 252nd day of 2014. There are 113 days left in the year.Today's Highlight in History:
Twelve years ago, the beheading of the Wall Street Journal's Daniel Pearl by al-Qaida jihadis in Pakistan reaffirmed the dangers of reporting from the world's most dangerous places.
By all accounts, America's emerging cannabis industry is shaping up to be the country's biggest business experiment of the 21st century.
Despite these last few months of hot and lazy days, it's been hard not to notice a cold political wind blowing through the country. The magazine Foreign Affairs captured it with its latest cover, a mockup of a travel poster featuring a crumbling...
During August and September it will be easy to spot Joe-Pye Weed along roadsides and woodland edges. I've been wondering for years how it got its name, so I looked it up and the answer follows.
When Union College created the Athletic Hall of Fame its design was to honor individuals for academic and athletic accomplishments. The honor also distinguishes those inductees for their life accomplishments and success as well.
Kicking the tobacco habit just got easier, especially if you shop at CVS drug stores.
Most of us have heard the admonition to avoid hospitals if possible because we might come out with a larger number of illnesses than we had when we went in. The numbers tossed around of patients who get a hospital-acquired infection and die are...
By the Associated PressToday is Saturday, September 6, the 249th day of 2014. There are 116 days left in the year.Today's Highlight in History:
By the Associated PressToday is Friday, September 5, the 248th day of 2014. There are 117 days left in the year.Today's Highlight in History:
At the beginning of my teaching career, I taught first grade for five years. I still remember some of the cute things those children said and did. One story that stands out was written by Jon-Marc Wiggins, “The Day the Chicken Poopied on My...
A carefully reported account by staff writer Mary Meehan detailed the long waits patients have at the University of Kentucky's new, state-of-the-art emergency room — waits that are the longest in Kentucky and far exceed the national...
Until recently, I never really paid much attention to the Native American mascot issue. “It's not my fight,” I thought.
By the Associated PressToday is Thursday, September 4, the 247th day of 2014. There are 118 days left in the year.Today's Highlight in History:
This much we know: There always will be children going home from school on a Friday without knowing if they will have enough food to carry them over until the next Monday.
On Sept. 8, we observe National Grandparents Day. If you have grandchildren, they will hopefully mark this occasion by sending a card, making a call or, best of all, paying a visit.
There is finally a break in the Justice Department's infamous Fast and Furious gunrunning scandal to Mexican drug cartels of hundreds of assault weapons.
I grew up on bacon, sausage and pork chops. We raised hogs. We butchered at least one a year. There is nothing like a big skillet of fried bacon and sausage in the morning with hot biscuits, scrambled eggs and gravy.
By the Associated PressToday is Wednesday, September 3, the 246th day of 2014. There are 119 days left in the year.Today's Highlight in History:
With every new school year comes new opportunities and challenges as kids head back into the classroom. It may be a new teacher to face, new friends to make, new tough subjects or a whole range of other issues that can leave a student at any age...
Afghanistan faces ever deepening security and political crises. As American troops withdraw, Taliban military advances are threatening entire districts, and government coffers are dwindling.
Beginning in the 1990s, and accelerating after Sept. 11, the CIA flew terrorism suspects to secret police custody in Syria, Jordan, Egypt, Morocco, and Libya. Many of them were tortured. Starting in 2002, the CIA began operating secret prisons all...
By the Associated PressToday is Tuesday, September 2, the 245th day of 2014. There are 120 days left in the year.Today's Highlight in History:
Normally I am plant lover kind of guy, but there is a group of foreigners that I love to hate. They are classed exotic invasive plants, and they are determined to take over the U.S. an acre at a time, disrupting native plants and ecosystems as they...