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Columns

  • Granny died with dignity

    As Congress considers repealing the Obama administration’s healthcare bill, public discourse has returned to discussions about end-of-life care.
    In a Newsweek article, published Sept, 12, 2009, called “The Case for Killing Granny” Editor at Large Evan Thomas shared thoughts about his own mother’s decline, loss of quality of life and finally death from emphysema. But Thomas doesn’t stop there, he makes a case for rationing healthcare for the elderly.

  • Senate committee hears three bills

     

  • Have the Tea Party lost their heat?

     

    By Ron Kennedy, guest columnist

  • DOWN AND DIRTY 12.23.10

    Every couple of years I like to revisit my father’s favorite Christmas poem inspired by Clement Moore’s famous work ‘Night Before Christmas.’ The writer is unknown but he or she certainly was a gardener; and you may even get some last minute gift ideas from its verse.

    Fred Wiche, my father and the first Weekend Gardener, started writing this column years ago, imparting gardening advice and humor. When he died in 1998, I took up the pen with a sense of duty and excitement, recognizing this column as both an opportunity to learn and to honor his legacy. Thanks to him for getting me on my way and to you, my readers, whether regular or occasional, for keeping me steady upon the path.

  • Yes, Grant County there is a Santa Claus . . .

    I watched a magical thing happen last Saturday right here in our community and will get the opportunity again this Saturday.
    More than 40 children were able to select presents for themselves and their families during the 2010 Kentucky State Police Shop With A Trooper program held Dec. 11 at Wal-Mart in Dry Ridge.
    On Dec. 18, several more children will be shopping during the Shop With A Cop program organized by the Grant County Sheriff’s Office and Williamstown Police Department.

  • Redsfest brings out the kid in me

    If you have never gone before, I would suggest when next December is here for you to visit Redsfest at the Duke Energy Center in Cincinnati.

    We all have a little child inside of us and it was apparent that mine came out Dec. 4, when I got pictures with current and former Reds players.

    I have been a Reds fan since as far back as I can remember and when I first came here to Grant County, I told everyone how I slid on the carpet at the television when I was 5, imitating the 1990 World Champion Cincinnati Reds.

  • These are a few of my favorite things

    Around October, I start mixing my recipe for the holidays.
    I begin with Christmas music, and if I don’t have a good portion of Bing Crosby, mixed with Rosemary Clooney and dashes of Frank Sinatra, Burl Ives and Johnny Mathis, I become Grinch-afied. A smidge of the Davis sisters, Skeeter and Betty Jack, singing “Christmas Boogie,” is just icing on the cake. Most of these artists were popular in the 40’s, before I was born, but I listened to Skeeter, as a love-sick teen in my West Virginia home, in the 60’s.