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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • McMurry earns praise from former neighbor

    Editor:
    I read with great interest your reporting of Carrollton’s’ new mayor, Gene McMurry. My family and I were fortunate enough to have lived in Carrollton for about 15 years. We moved about four years ago and have fond memories of Gene and Sue McMurry. We were also fortunate enough to have lived just two houses down from Gene and Sue and couldn’t have asked for better neighbors or friends.

  • Couple appreciates award for decorating home

    Editor:
    We would like to thank The News-Democrat for awarding us the 2010 Carroll County Christmas Décor Contest Winners. We appreciate the pictures and article regarding our holiday display and Santa’s arrival. Many people stopped by due to reading/seeing this in the paper. We hope that you will continue to have this as an annual event to highlight the community’s decorations that help people to get into the Christmas spirit.
    Joe and Sandy Beall
    Ghent
     

  • CCAS plans annual chili supper Feb. 26

    Editor:
    It’s that time of year again. Carroll County Animal Support members are working to plan and prepare for our third annual Chili Supper fundraiser.
    As in the past, we will have a silent auction, a 50/50 drawing and a bake sale. And, of course, we will have an assortment of yummy, homemade chili, sandwiches and desserts.

  • Lawmakers kick off 2011 session

    At the start of January, there are two things that can always be counted on: It will take at least two weeks to write the new year correctly on such things as checks, and the General Assembly will return to the Capitol to begin a new legislative session.


    That got underway this past week, when I and the other just-elected members of the General Assembly were sworn in and the House and Senate leaders were formally chosen. In the House, the remainder of the week was spent establishing membership of the legislative committees and their chairmen for the next two years.

  • Senate acts on bills during opening week of session

    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.

  • 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