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Columns

  • Magazines played an important role in life beginning in childhood

    I heard Tom Brokaw speaking on television the other day and he talked of knowing about certain events as a child because his family subscribed to Life Magazine. 

    It made me think of all the magazines that have been a part of my life.

    My family was not, in retrospect, very sophisticated.  We lived in a rural area; we went to ‘the city’ for the Ice Capades, the zoo, school clothes, and to see Santa on the sixth floor of Shillitos. But we were readers of two daily newspapers most of the time and some popular magazines of the day.

  • Office assists with Capitol visit plans

    Are you planning a visit to Washington, D.C.?  Whether you are coming on a school trip, family vacation or business trip, my office can help you make arrangements for some of the more popular attractions and landmarks in our nation’s capital.  We are available to help you reserve tours of the U.S. Capitol Building, Pentagon, and White House.  These tours are an excellent way to see the highlights of Washington at no charge to you.

  • State nature preserves land, water, wildlife

    “Buy land,” Mark Twain once said.  “They’re not making any more of it.”

    That investment advice has been taken to heart by the Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission, which formally celebrated 35 years of service last week.

    Since it began, the commission has permanently set aside more than 25,000 irreplaceable acres for future generations.  Their 60 nature preserves range from the Blanton Forest near Virginia to Three Ponds along the Mississippi River.

  • Report offers insight on crashes on highways across Kentucky

    While no one can accurately predict where a traffic accident might occur, information gathered by the Kentucky State Police gives us a pretty good idea of when the odds are certainly in our favor.

    Based on its latest annual report, which was released last week, one of the safest places to be on the highway in 2010 was in a vehicle driven at dawn on a Sunday in March by a woman in her late 60s or early 70s who was making her way between Owensboro and Henderson on the Audubon Parkway.

  • Widening, upgrades needed on Ky.’s I-71

    While there is a debate nationwide on the need for upgrading our highways and bridges, we know we have problems that need to be addressed on this region’s interstate highway.

    Those of us who drive Interstate 71 frequently know the issues. It’s too busy and needs to be six lanes; and those  need to be in much better condition than they are today.

  • Kentuckians have long history of distinguished service in the military

    For most of Kentucky’s history, we have found a way to go above and beyond the call of duty when it comes to protecting our country.

    During the War of 1812, for example, Kentucky suffered more casualties than all other states combined. In the decade since Sept. 11, 2001, meanwhile, no military base has seen more deployments than Fort Campbell.

    Last week, the nation turned its attention to the Kentuckian who became the latest recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor, the highest award that anyone in the military can receive.

  • State protects nature preserves

    “Buy land,” Mark Twain once said.  “They’re not making any more of it.”

    That investment advice has been taken to heart by the Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission, which formally celebrated 35 years of service last week.

    Since it began, the commission has permanently set aside more than 25,000 irreplaceable acres for future generations.  Their 60 nature preserves range from the Blanton Forest near Virginia to Three Ponds along the Mississippi River.

  • 9.11 Remembered

    As I write on Sunday evening, Sept. 11, I have spent several hours watching programs devoted to remembering our national tragedy of 10 years ago. I thought I would not forget the events of that day, but I had forgotten so much. Sept. 11, 2001 has now become a part of our country’s history, one we can add to, “I know just where I was on the day I heard President Kennedy had been shot.”

  • State officials remember 9.11

    Paul E. Patton
    Governor of Kentucky (1995-2003)

    In the moments before the first plane hit the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, officials from 18 states had gathered for the annual Southern Governors’ Association conference in Lexington. As governor of Kentucky and chairman of the association, I was hosting the event.

  • 9.11 Remembered

    There are only a handful of days in which an entire nation collectively remembers what it was doing. Some have been high points in our history, like V-E and V-J Day at the end of World War II and Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the moon. Some have been moments we wish had never occurred, like Pearl Harbor, President Kennedy’s assassination, and the tragedies of Sept. 11, 2001.

    For those old enough to remember that last date, it seems hard to believe that 10 years have slipped by since that cool and clear morning.