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The Ark Encounter celebrated its first anniversary this month but instead of fanfare and praise, some news media and protestors poured rain on its parade. The Biblical theme park, which consists of a life-size replica of Noah's Ark based in Northern Kentucky, faced 75 protesters and criticis…

Given the holiday crunch and packing up the Norwood-mobile for a family outing, this week's column is diluted down to a few rambling rants and raves.

In this modern world in which we live, the access of information is becoming an addiction. For many people, technology is emotionally stimulating entertainment and as it continues to advance we wonder if the intent is to influence us within this evolution of pleasure enhancement. It's amazin…

On Sunday -- Fathers Day -- the pastor at my church presented a list of the top 10 things his father used to say. It was a pretty tried and true list of expressions that most parents have found themselves saying at least once over the years.

Since 1935, Social Security has been the safety net which helps people live in retirement. At first it was intended only for the worker. It was changed in 1939 to add spouses and minor children of the worker. Cost of living adjustments started in 1950 and the disability program was added in …

President Franklin D. Roosevelt was the president who signed a law, now known as Social Security, in 1935. The country was just recovering from the Great Depression and this new law gave people a bit of security for their future after many had lost their entire savings and source of income i…

On the first Saturday in May each year, the Kentucky Derby captures the attention and fascination of the world and creates special moments that will long be remembered. The Derby is truly unmatched as a sporting event and spectacle. A brief hush precedes the opening of the starting gate, fol…

So, in my first full week as general manager of the Cadiz Record, I've managed to rip my pants in the office, left out a handful of ads and one story (sorry to the good folks at Goodwin Funeral Home), gotten lost at least a half dozen times.

Even though 97 percent of scientists agree that climate change is real and that human activity is likely the primary cause, there is a very vocal, very small group of climate change deniers. Some recent events demonstrate the problems that will occur because of these changes.

There are people and institutions whose main purpose is to study climate and many vehemently disagree that it is humans who are the main cause of any climate change. They are geologists, geophysicists, climatologists and meteorologists. The climate on earth has been making drastic changes fo…

All things will eventually come to an end. It's a cosmic imperative far beyond the likes of me to comprehend, but invariably, it happens.

Two seemingly insignificant hours have the power to change the fate of the many people affected by crime -- sexual assault is just one example. Every 120 minutes in Kentucky, someone falls victim to sexual assault. The passing of every hour threatens the safety of a new victim.

The second amendment to our Constitution states "A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed." So it clearly allows private citizens to keep guns.

Several consumer-focused initiatives catapulted forward under the Obama administration have been called into question under Trump’s lead. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is one of the regulatory watchdog agencies in the line of sight of the new administration, described as a …

While everyone has been split between fawning over the defeat of Trumpcare and hanging their heads over the defeat of the Wildcats during the NCAA tournament, a group of lawmakers took steps to sell your private information.

Having access to credit through a revolving account, like a credit card, is beneficial to most consumers when cash flow is tight or a major expense comes out of the blue. Credit cards offer incredible flexibility to users as there are no limits in terms of what you spend your money on; there…

President Donald Trump on Thursday released his 2018 budget proposal, which outlines a number of cuts to discretionary spending in favor of policies he espoused during a rather controversial campaign.

Sunshine Week is celebrated across the nation every March to highlight the importance of open government and how only transparency can ensure accountability.

Sometime during the early morning hours in the last days of a short legislative session, Kentucky Senate Republicans again took it upon themselves to eviscerate voters' rights.

Credit card fraud is an ongoing concern for consumers and merchants alike. Millions of shoppers are affected by thieves lurking in the shadows of e-commerce sites each and every year, waiting to gather pertinent card details to make fraudulent purchases. While some headway has been made in t…

Last year, during my visit to the drug treatment program at Roeder Correctional Complex in LaGrange, Kentucky, I met a young man there named Joe. He was smart and articulate, the son of a police officer and a father himself. He was also a heroin abuser, whose addiction had driven him to rob …

U.S. students' academic achievement lags that of students in many other countries. There are several tests that measure the academic achievement of students around the world. One is the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), whose results in 2015 for reading, math and science…

I feel very strongly that taxes collected for the purpose of supporting public education should not be diverted to other schools. This money should not be used for private schools, charter schools or home schools. This money is collected for public schools and nothing else.

As we moved past the half-way mark of the 2017 Legislative Session the members remained busily focused on legislation dealing primarily with job creation, criminal justice, and what I refer to as fairness and responsibility to our seniors and retirees.

In case you were not aware, credit card interest rates have recently hit a high. The reason is that almost all lenders have changed consumers to a variable interest rate card. This has resulted in much higher interest rates. Other factors that have contributed to this situation include the i…

No one is ever prepared to say a final goodbye. There's a unique sting that accompanies deaths that were seemingly avoidable and unnecessary. Last year in Kentucky, 835 people died in crashes. More than half were not buckled up and 20 percent died with impairment as a factor. For the familie…

A number of state legislatures have seen the introduction of proposed laws that would restrict bathroom use in schools according to the student's biological gender. Kentucky is one of them.

Two weeks ago, I got the bright idea to join this year's Pennyrile District Health Department/WKDZ community weight loss challenge. I enlisted my fellow Cadiz Record cohorts in attempting this with me, either for increased accountability among peers or because misery loves company. I'm not p…

It happens every year. High school students begin obsessing about getting into a particular college, while parents obsess over how to pay the tuition, fees, room, board and all the other costs of sending Junior or Missy to college. According to a January survey, about 75% of parent’s report …

Health care in the United States is another hot button subject. People are angrily arguing about the pros and cons of Obamacare and what to do to make health care affordable and available to all American citizens. The other night, when I couldn't sleep because of thinking about what our new …

We once lived in a world – and it wasn’t so long ago – when retirement was looked forward to with more anticipation than dread. For many elderly Americans, the equation has shifted for the worse, in part because they find themselves still contending with student loan debt.

This week our nation will experience a wonderful American political tradition, as we witness the peaceful transfer of executive power. The new President will assume office riding a wave of voter enthusiasm not seen since Reagan. For an accurate barometer of that enthusiasm, one should look b…

For the first time since 1921, Republicans took control of the Kentucky House of Representatives, making our first week back to Frankfort a historic one. We have been hard at work doing exactly what the voters of Kentucky sent us to Frankfort to accomplish. The result of this was an extremel…