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  • Lawmakers vote to protect young, old

    Over the last week or so in the Capitol, there has been a renewed push to help our youngest citizens and those who are young at heart.
    On Monday, for example, Gov. Beshear presented the final report from a task force he formed more than a year ago to give a top-down look at our elementary and secondary schools and how they could be improved.

  • Public workers deserve representation

  • Education, job important in ‘11 legislative session

    Last week, the General Assembly returned to the Capitol to kick off the main portion of the 2011 Regular Session.

    This follows the guidelines established in the state’s Constitution for odd-year meetings, which call for a brief recess after legislators meet for four days in early January to elect House and Senate leaders and establish committee membership for the next two years.

    When we returned last Tuesday, Gov. Steve Beshear set the stage for the work ahead when he offered the annual State of the Commonwealth address.

  • Be considerate with that cell phone

    I would like to use this space for a little rant this week.

    Let me begin by saying I love my cell phone. It’s great for when you are shopping with a friend and need to get back together after going your own ways. I have called the library for a phone number when I am on my way to an appointment and have left the address at home or I’m going to be late and need to call and let someone know. I have even taken a picture of a beautiful sunset with my phone when I encounter one and don’t have my camera.

  • ASCS job evokes fond memories

    I remember a character in a book I must have read years ago who always read the obituaries to see if he was still alive. 

  • General Assembly faces bills on Medicaid, meth immigration

    Last week, I had the opportunity to speak at the Louisville Forum to discuss the 2011 Regular Session and what the General Assembly will likely address.


    I told the crowd that, in the Kentucky House of Representatives, I expect several issues to take up much of our time when legislators return to the Capitol on Feb. 1. That includes helping Medicaid overcome a reduced amount of federal funding; raising the high school dropout age from 16 to 18; and doing whatever we can to lower the number of meth labs in the state, which topped 1,000 last year for the first time.

  • Pasta salad, key lime pie add spring to snowy days

    What do you do on the snowy days? On one a couple of years ago, I had a roasting hen in the freezer that I pulled out to bake for dinner.
    I rubbed it with a little olive oil, then mixed basil pesto, rosemary and kosher salt to rub inside and all over the outside of the bird.
    I also placed an onion and a stalk of celery inside just to add some more flavor and moisture. The aroma was incredible while it was baking, which also added more warmth to the house.
    Now it is time to bring just a little spring into the menu, even though it is not quite that season.

  • Spinach quiche is a great luncheon menu recipe

    A couple of years ago, I prepared a holiday brunch for a local board meeting that was held at the beautiful Richwood Plantation, in the carriage house.

    This makes a great meal, especially when served with other recipes I have written about such as pork with Texas cranberry chutney on cornmeal biscuits, homemade cinnamon rolls, a wonderful green salad with dried cranberries and pears, Mountain Top bacon, chicken crepes, hot brown casserole and mini blueberry muffins,

    I give to you:

    Spinach Mushroom Quiche

  • Lawmakers face challenges in 2011

    Although the economy has weathered some of its toughest years since the Great Depression, there has been one bright spot for Kentucky: Agriculture.  The new year, in fact, may just bring a new record with it.

    If all goes well, farm receipts could top $5 billion in 2011, or a billion dollars more than just several years ago.

  • Rand reminds readers of Frankfort successes, urges them to contact him

    When we think about Christmas and its many traditions, we may find ourselves wondering just how long they have been with us.

    Christmas carols, for example, date back to the 1400s, and the decorated Christmas tree came just a short while later; in fact, historians believe it celebrates its 500th anniversary this year, after beginning in Northern Europe and eventually spreading to our country during the Revolutionary War.