• Not me, my friend!

    By Joberta Wells

    Recently I heard of activities of two women that made my blood run cold! I almost had to drive to the closest bar and get “sedated” to be able to fathom what happened to them. I’m still shaking! All I can say is that if I had chosen to do either of them, my family would’ve/should’ve have had me outfitted with one of those white jackets with arms that tie in the back!

  • Go to Somerset or to Jupiter?

    Some big news last week was that astronomers had detected water in the atmosphere of an exoplanet (planet outside our solar system) called K2-18b. The rocky planet, which is about twice the size of Earth, is located in the so-called Goldilocks zone, where it is neither too hot nor too cold.

    The discovery has sparked some speculation on whether the planet could conceivably harbor alien life. But going there to see for ourselves is a remote, remote possibility.

  • Results don’t add up for obscure math committee

    By Jim Waters

    Perhaps President Ronald Reagan was thinking about America’s huge education bureaucracy when he said: “Government programs, once launched, never disappear. Actually a government bureau is the nearest thing to eternal life we’ll ever see on this earth.”

    Heaven help any political leader in Kentucky who attempts to shrink the bureaucracy or at least make it more responsive – even if the agencies being reconstituted have proven worthless.

  • The Amish Cook

    By Gloria Yoder

    Last week we talked about the little fishing trip we had for Daniel’s birthday. Now, this week, I’ll fill in a bit about his birthday supper. At our house, whoever is having a birthday gets to choose his or her meal.

  • Deliver me from diet gurus

    By Joberta Wells

    I don’t want to be best friends with Marie Osmond or Oprah Winfrey. Heck, I don’t even want to know them personally. Why, then, do I have to see them every time I turn on TV? There they are, telling me how their weight loss programs are going to make me into a happy, healthy, skinny shadow of my former self.

  • Legislative Committees meet

    By Daniel Elliott

    I spent most of last week at the Capitol Building as Interim Joint Committees met to hear from agencies and members of the public about state programs. I have mentioned before how valuable these meetings can be as we prepare for the 2020 Regular Session. These committees spend time closely examining issues that may come before the General Assembly, and are critical to understanding legislation I may have to vote on during the 2020 legislative session.

  • Grant shown to mitigate impact of childhood trauma

    By Ben Chandler, Betty “B.J.” Adkins and David Finke

    Semple Elementary first-grade teacher Christina Carter read a story to her class about a child who faced stressful events every day, making it hard to focus at school. After the story, she gave her students a prompt – if Ms. Carter only knew. Some of the responses were eye opening.

    “If Ms. Carter only knew ... I get my sister ready in the morning and that’s why we are always late.”

  • The Amish Cook Sept. 4

    By Gloria Yoder

    Hey, good news! The way it looks the adoption is going to happen before long! The adoption worker contacted us today wondering if she could come next Wednesday, (which happens to be on Daniel’s birthday), and bring out a bunch of paperwork, medical history, and the likes. Yippee! That news is enough to get everyone excited around here.

  • Paying the carbon debt

    Almost every day I try to read news from all over the world to gain some perspective untouched by American media.

    Last Monday, I was reading BBC from the United Kingdom. A story caught my eye: It was about criticism Prince Harry and Duchess Megan had received over using private airplanes to travel the world while also promoting greenhouse gas reduction policy. The trip in particular had them going to Elton John’s home in Nice, France.

  • Is capitalism to blame?

    By Jim Waters

    The American Diabetes Association reports that the cost of insulin has nearly tripled since 2002.

    Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders blames the lack of a cheaper alternative on capitalism.