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Columns

  • USDA cattle inventory

    Here’s some interesting information provided by Dr. Kenny Burdine, University of Kentucky Extension livestock agriculture economist, on the USDA’s Jan. 1 cattle inventory report released last week.

    Beef cattle numbers decreased again, estimated down just less than 1 percent. A lot of attention likely will be given to a 2 percent increase in beef heifer retention. Here at home, Kentucky beef cow numbers were estimated to be down around 2 percent, while beef heifer retention in Kentucky was estimated to be down 3.3 percent.

  • Balancing liberty with security is modern challenge

    Every few days, we learn yet one more way in which government’s expanded surveillance powers intrude upon our privacy and civil liberties.

  • Encourage legislators to act on behalf of abused kids

    If Kentucky’s lawmakers don’t act soon, children in our community and across the Commonwealth will lose out on $9.2 million in matching federal dollars to care for victims of child abuse and neglect. We simply cannot afford to let that happen. The need is too great.

    Kentucky’s lawmakers must take action now to make the more than 7,000 neglected, abused and battered children across our state a priority. Children who have been placed in the state’s custody because of parental abuse and neglect need our support now.

  • Valentine’s conundrum: She says no gifts this year

    Let’s not get anything for each other this Valentine’s,” Lori announced to me. “We don’t have time to look, and besides, we need to save the money.”

    But how do I know she means it?

    A man can never be completely sure. Sometimes his Valentine’s underlying message is: “I really want to be wowed but want you to figure that out without me having to tell you because if I tell you it won’t be the surprise I’m totally expecting you to surprise me with.”

  • Column by David B. Whitlock
  • Putin's showcase in Sochi reveals societal flaws

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has spent more than $50 billion — more than all previous Winter Games combined — to unveil a “new Russia” at the Olympics.

    But Sochi’s shiny new infrastructure is little more than a Potemkin village, an extravagant ruse designed to deceive the world about the true nature of Putin’s police state.

  • FBI reports online 'hijack'

    Cruising vehicle ads? BBB warns car shoppers to beware of criminals that hijack online ads to “sell” vehicles they do not own and have no intention of delivering.

    The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Crime Complaint Center received nearly 14,000 complaints from consumers who had been victimized or targeted by these scams from 2008 through last year. Victims lost nearly $44.5 million.

  • How the world measures vice has flipped

    Most people would see Kentuckians as God-fearing members of America’s conservative Bible belt. But when you consider the state’s “signature industries” — bourbon, burley and betting — are associated with vice, I have to wonder.

    Today’s Kentucky looks upon these matters quite differently than the Kentucky of my youth. Never could I have suspected that of the three vices, smoking would be considered the most vile.

  • Federal dollars for abused children await state legislative action
  • Saying final prayer for a dying friend

    It certainly wasn’t the first time I had prayed for my friend, Don Hughes, but I was convinced it was my last.

    Our friendship was forged by prayer as he fought colon cancer. Several years ago, Gene, one of Don’s five sons, told me his dad was sick. “Would you please pray for him?” he asked.

    And so I went to visit Don Hughes.

     “I thank you for coming,” he said as I left his house. “You’re always welcome here.”

    And I was.