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Lose the drama … and plans for another legislative session

The final day of this year’s legislative session offered more drama than a teenage girl’s slumber party. There were pillow fights and goofy games but little to resemble serious efforts to implement the substantive policies needed to make Kentucky more competitive.On the April 14 edition of KET’s “Kentucky Tonight” show – the eve before the commonwealth’s Constitution required the legislature to adjourn sine die – I was asked to grade ...

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Logan County

Hello again from the land of Logan. A very special and unique county with lots of history in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. I always loved teaching my hundreds of students about our history, our culture and why we exist as we do today. Several of my courses in American and World History are still run on educational state TV networks around the country. I still laugh when someone who watched the classes asks me if I am the Mr. Dickerson who teaches the TV courses or is it my son. I was actually...

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A Loaded Gun

Fear can take a prominent place in our religious life. During the hot and cold wars against communism in the 1950’s a slogan by religious people was, “Kill a commie for Christ.” Violence against the enemy was accepted as an alternative to “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” (Matt. 5:44)

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Government as innovator? You bet!

Five years ago, the federal government spent $169 billion to fund basic research and development. This fiscal year, it’s down to $134 billion.People who believe in public belt-tightening applaud drops like that. I understand why: there are many reasons to reduce government spending. But in this case they’re wrong. We need to boost the government’s investment in R&D, not slash it.

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Bacon is not a vegetable

As a vegetarian, I have to walk a fine line.Really, I’m not judging you. But I often find it necessary to establish myself as “not a threat” to meat eaters. I also occasionally bump up against militant vegans.Consider this collision I had the other day with a devout vegangelical. While at a potluck among an omnivorous group that included a woman who raises and slaughters chickens and turkeys for meat, I tried to politely excuse myself for not partaking ...

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Adairville

Old Man Winter seems to want to hang on and I for one want him to let go. Enough already, I mean snow flurries on April 15th. Oh well, it is what it is and completely out of our hands. Lots of activity in Adairville. The Easter festivities were a success. Not as big of a crowd as we would have liked but probably a 100 or more and all seemed to have fun. At least they all had plenty of candy to take home.I have a correction on the time of the Sunrise Service at Calvary Baptist Churc...

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Antioch

Greetings from The Antioch Community.I visited with my son and family Saturday night. They were celebrating Eric, Kellie and Erika birthdays, which was the 12th of April. Betty fixed a delicious Birthday dinner and had a beautiful Birthday cake and ice cream.A Baby Shower was held Sunday afternoon for Kayla Viffert in the Fellowship Hall. She got a nice shower.We had soup, sandwiches and desserts Sunday night in the Fellowship Hall, followed by the business me...

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Spa

Hello, hope you had a good week. We have had some beautiful days, so I do believe spring is here.In talking to Sandra Sharp the other day, they are still having medial problems. Ray has been back in the hospital, however, that day he was back home. She had also been in the hospital. Maybe by now they are feeling much better.Sorry Mary Smith has been in the hospital and so has Joyce Chapman. I hear Joyce is home, don’t know if Mary is or not.John and Jess...

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Questioning tolerance at the University of Kentucky

College is a place where students are expected to be asked questions, lots of them in fact, on many topics. But one wonders if there are some questions too intrusive and personal to ask.University of Kentucky Health Services found the answer earlier this month when it abruptly halted a questionnaire after portions were published in College Reform, a national college newspaper. Under the pretext of “helping better serve the LGBT community,” UK Health Services solicited r...

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Lake Malone

WELL, I HOPE YOU MISSED ME LAST WEEK. I got an e-mail from the newspaper and O.J. mentioned that he had not received any words from me. Ask me if that sent me into a tail spin! I told him I thought I had but guess what; when I checked back….I GOOFED BIG TIME. So when I read my paper this past Friday I enjoyed Mr. Dickerson’s column; he told all about his new home. I truly hope he lets the public see his beautiful place of history someday. I cannot wait. I am one of those people wh...

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Toxic Tech: Apple, other manufacturers need to use less-deadly chemicals

Ming Kunpeng went to work for ASM Pacific Technology — a chip supplier for Apple — when he was 19 years old. Required to handle the known carcinogen benzene on a daily basis without adequate training or protective gear, the young worker fell ill at the age of 22. Doctors eventually diagnosed him with occupational leukemia.After a year-long dispute, ASM Pacific Technology agreed to compensate Ming for his illness, but the settlement was insufficient to cover the care he ...

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Job creation solutions for Kentuckians

The Obama Economy has had a devastating impact on the people of Kentucky, especially the many working women and families who keep this Commonwealth running. The facts are plain: Under this President’s watch, more than 3.7 million American women have fallen into poverty, including 44,000 women in Kentucky. The average American woman now makes about $730 a year less than when the President took office. And if she’s a college graduate, she’s actually seen her income shrink by a...

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Thanks from Good Samaritan

Dear Editor:I am writing to express our gratitude to everyone who helped make our fish fry fundraiser on March 29th a great success. A huge thank you to Modern Woodmen of America for sponsoring us by matching funds raised. Thanks to First Baptist Church on 6th and Main for allowing us to hold our event there and to all the churches and their members who provided food, desserts, serving, cleaning, and cooking. Thanks to those who attended and enjoyed fellowship and food. Logan Count...

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Fear’s tyranny and freedom

Our nation is guided by a Constitution entrusting individuals with a great deal of freedom while very intentionally restricting government’s own ability to take away that freedom from citizens.Yet recent developments indicate this principle is being turned on its proverbial head.One glaring example comes from neighboring Indiana where FBI agents raided the rural home of 91-year-old Don Miller.So, Miller must be an awful man charged with some heinous crim...

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Adairville

Greetings from the southern end of the county. Spring seems to definitely have sprung. Redbuds are blooming, flowering cherry trees are blooming and everything is beginning to show signs of life. I love spring. We have Easter in Adairville coming up this Saturday, April 12, 2014 beginning at 1 p.m. Bring your kids out for games, bake sale, parade and Easter egg hunt. The Adairville Baptist Church will again have the reenactment of the crucifixion on Good Friday just north of Adairville. Call ...

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