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Hillary's Health, Biggest Problem? 

By Glenn Mollette

Hillary Clinton has been sick, as the media has reported. We've heard about her pneumonia, seen her coughing at the podium and struggling to stay afoot as she was escorted to her car. The strenuous pace of campaigning for President of the United States would surely take its toll on any human body.

Clinton has been accused of hiding her illness. Secrecy has been a pattern with her when it comes to emails, Whitewater, Secretary of State activities, the Clinton Foundation, mega-dollar speaking fees from none other than Wall Street and a sloughing off about the lifestyle shenanigans of Bill. She has denied being the woman in Tammy Wynette's song titled "Stand by Your Man," but she did do a good job of standing by Bill during some tough years of adversity. Bill is now standing with her and what a better place for him to have eight more years to solidify millions and millions more in contributions to the Clinton Foundation. Even if money was refused from Middle Eastern powerbrokers during Hillary's Presidency, continued relationships will be built for donations for years to come.

Maybe this is part of Hillary's health condition? Sometimes there is simply too much on the plate. Possibly, there have been too many powerful Saudis calling on the telephone with political suggestions. Too much loss of sleep wondering where Bill is and what he is doing. Maybe there have been too many late hours deleting emails and trying to cover up massive contributions to the Clinton Foundation. No one knows for sure what is going on with Hillary Clinton's health.

She looks tired. Her schedule is crazy. She is probably just worn down. It happens. This can happen to anybody. Anybody can get sick. Trump may turn up with the flu. They just need to say, "I'm sick and I'm going to bed. I'll be back out when I'm feeling better."

All of us battle physical ailments. We are all one heartbeat from death. Flu, viruses, sore throats, happen to us all. Franklin D. Roosevelt's paralytic problems began in 1921 when he was 39 years old. Roosevelt was diagnosed with poliomyelitis although years later there were other diagnoses. He was left with permanent paralysis from the waist down, and was unable to stand or walk without support. He laboriously taught himself to walk short distances while wearing iron braces on his hips and legs. He supported himself with a cane , and he was careful never to be seen using his wheelchair in public. His troubles with illness were well known before and during his Presidency and became a major part of his image, but the extent of his illness and physical condition were kept from public view. In other words, he wouldn't call CNN, Fox or NBC for a full video analysis and report of his condition.

Of course, it was a different day. People judged Roosevelt by who he was and what he could do in spite of severe physical limitations. They believed him. They had faith that he was the person to lead this country. He was a proven leader.

Americans aren't that worried about Hillary's pneumonia or Trump's tax returns. If one of them ended up on a walker or in a wheelchair it would be a moot point. Americans want somebody to have faith in and believe. Right now, that's our biggest problem.

Glenn Mollette, originalluy from Inez, Ky., is a syndicated columnist and author of eleven books.
He is read in all fifty states.

September 15, 2016


Lots of things have happened this week that have made me think out loud, almost...

While I was looking at the video Glenda took of the parade Saturday and posting it on a Lazer story, I noticed a car with a sign on it that said Tony Skeens, Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney and there was Tony riding along in the parade. Of course Lawrence County's assistant CA, Kim Compton was with him but where was Commonwealth Annie? I never have seen an assistant riding in a parade when the office holder wasn't also in it. Must be a new fad.

Current Commonwealth's Attorney Anna Melvin, 66, who has held the position since I was a little boy it seems, is in the middle of a six year term and I've heard rumblings that she plans on retiring soon. Skeens has been her lead assistant for at least twelve years now and does most of the work in the courtrooms and the plan, I've heard, is for him to take over when Melvin retires and if she waits till the year is over, the governor can appoint him and he can serve the remaining three years of the six year term and won't have to run until then. Compton says she is not interested in the head job.

The three year head start would give Skeens more time to get his politicks in order for a run for a full six year term. Lawrence County Attorney Mike Hogan came within a cat's whisker of unseating Melvin last time and would have had there not been a three way circuit clerk's race going on in her native Johnson County which brought out a better than average vote allowing her to win the three county race with mostly Johnson County votes. Hogan carried both Lawrence and Martin.

Hogan says he won't make another run for CA but the Skeens move would keep him from getting the chance anyway, if he changes his mind. But, Hogan is very close to Gov. Matt Bevin and was offered administration jobs in Frankfort, I'm told, but did not want to leave Louisa. What if Bevin foils Skeens' plan and appoints Hogan if Anna resigns?

Oh, well, I love a parade. 


...Requested some information this week about what has stalled the three state road projects in Lawrence county including the extension of Rt. 32 to the golf course, the new connector exit from WalMart to 2565, and the Dead Man's Curve project. Two of them have been "in the works" since I moved back to Louisa in 2001 and I've heard Rocky Adkins swear at least 20 times that they would be finished this summer...but summer never comes.

This time the word is Governor Bevin stopped the projects because the road fund is low because of the drop in the price of gasoline. I just wonder if all the projects in the state are stalled, too. And if they're not, where is our state representative and state senator? I did send a copy of the letter to Jill York and her democrat opponent in November, Josh McGuire, to see what they say but I haven't heard back yet from either one. I think I'll try the governor himself next...


Last week I was sitting here in my office chair when a guy called and said he  needed to make a media connection in Lawrence County because he had a big announcement coming later this month.

He gave me his name and said he is on a board of directors for an oil and gas energy conglamorate that has purchased $50 million worth of oil and gas in Lawrence County and twelve surrounding counties.

The mystery man didn't offer many details but he said to just wait and the news will be coming out. There won't be many jobs like the coal industry used to provide, he said, but there will be a lot of severance tax money for the counties involved. He had been reading The Lazer and noticed how interested I seemed to be in an alternative to the lost coal jobs and also the potential adverse effects on county government services. He didn't say how much of the mineral being bought is in Lawrence County but he did say "a lot" and more than the other counties some of which are in W.Va. and Ohio.

I hope he was for real and we get a repreive for at least long enough to get our infrastructure into the 21st century and our roads paved but you never know...


Wonder what is going on with the county's solid waste committee of which I am a member, or I was anyway, since director Darrell Ratliff got sick and was replaced by committee member Randy Woods? I haven't heard anything about a meeting in two years and commission chairman Colleen Stone said she hasn't, either. The job pays $1,400 a month and insurance, I think, so it's not bad if you're retired like Woods is. But as I was going into town the back way Monday I noticed the fence we required the junk yard owner at the end of Preece Avenue is gone. It wasn't great when he put it up but now we're back to the rusty and wrecked vehicles within two feet of the street. Yuck! 

I don't know if they've kicked me off the commission or not, but I wonder as a taxpayer what is going on with it. This county needs to be cleaned up constantly because a lot of people don't care. What do you think?


America's Wars - We Never Really Leave

By Glenn Mollette

President Obama said Tuesday the United States will spend $90 million over the next three years to clear unexploded bombs dropped on Laos during the Vietnam War. A decade ago we began spending $2.5 million a year to $15 million this year. During the Vietnam War America spent nine years bombing Laos with the goal of blocking supplies to Vietnam and fighting communist forces in northern Laos. Our bombing effort left ten of millions of unexploded cluster bombs. These bombs are about the size of a baseball.

During the nine-year bombing we conducted 580,000 missions over Laos and dropped over 270 million cluster bombs on this neutral country. An estimated 80 million of the cluster bombs failed to detonate and thousands have been killed since 1973 when we ended the bombing.

We need to clean our mess up in Laos. This is good news for that tiny country. It's not so great news for America.

Our war expenditures continue to be bad news for America. $90 million dollars out the window for more International efforts. We have communities all over our country with dilapidated schools, outdated or unsafe water supplies, desperate economies and yet we take from our own people to spend more and more overseas.

How much more will we spend in Southeast Asia? The numbers are worse than horrific, 58,220 Americans died, 153,303 were wounded and 1,643 missing. It is estimated that up to 300,000 Vietnam Veterans committed suicide and approximately 700,000 soldiers suffered psychological trauma.

The Vietnam War cost us $168 billion, almost 950 billion in today's dollars; this doesn't include the $350 billion up to $900 billion in veterans' benefits and interest. Because of the Vietnam War the American economy suffered. The 60s were a great economic growth time in this country that spiraled to an economic crisis in the 1970s.

Since Vietnam we have spent trillions on Iraq and Afghanistan. In just Iraq over 4,400 U.S. service personnel were killed directly. The numbers again are brutal, 32,223 troops were injured and 134,000 civilians killed directly. 655,000 persons died in Iraq since the invasion who would have not died if we had not have invaded the country. America spent $1.7 trillion dollars in war expenses. We gave $75 billion to American subcontracting companies, largest of all Halliburton. We aren't done in Iraq. We still have military personnel deployed and some of our military leadership looks back and wishes we had kept a stronger presence. Therefore because of ISIS we will never leave Afghanistan.

It just seems like we can never really leave. How many places can we go and maintain an American military presence? Currently we have 662 military bases in 38 countries. Many of these bases are very small, yet we are there. How long can we really afford to maintain so much military and American efforts throughout the world? There is so much to do in America. I'm not anti helping other people but we are way overboard. We can't afford to pay our retirees what we promised and we are in a medical crisis.

Helping Laos is not the wrong gesture. It just proves that we never really leave.

Glenn Mollette, originally from Inez, Ky. is an American columnist and author.


A documentary premiering tonight on PBS takes a look at the future of children on Native American lands in the Upper Midwest, the hollows of Appalachia and West Coast migrant camps. Class of '27 "explores the life circumstances surrounding these young children—how they see the world within their constellation of family, school, and community—for stories of people coming together against the odds to help their children grow into successful graduates of the class of ’27," according to a synopsis of the film.

The Appalachian segment focuses on Owsley County, Kentucky, one of the poorest in the nation, Valarie Honeycutt Spears reports for the Lexington Herald-Leader. The film is part of "American Graduate: Let’s Make It Happen," an initiative from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to help local communities keep more students on the path to graduation. It is part of the America Reframed Series.

Written by Tim Mandell Posted at 9/13/2016 11:10:00 AM



Mester learned about Hazard Community  and Technical College's electric lineman and  fiber optic course. (Hazard Herald photo)Loretta Mester, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, recently visited Kentucky to examine economic challenges facing the Appalachian region hurt by the loss of coal jobs.

Mester visited Hazard Community and Technical College to learn about a program that helps displaced coal miners. She then traveled to Lexington to talk about how leadership and collaboration, a skilled workforce and infrastructure can help the region transition economically.

Mester traveled to Hazard to learn about an electrical lineman and fiber optic training course, part of Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment’s Hiring Our Miners Everyday (HOME) initiative, Sam Neace reports for The Hazard Herald.

“As a result of this program, Eastern Kentucky may be able to keep a share of its skilled workforce in the region, thereby helping the local economy to grow,” Mester said. “HOME is also an example of community leadership and collaboration in action, as it brings together a wide range of entities and interlocking relationships.”

Mester also said, “While it is important to help people already in the labor force transition to other occupations in high demand, it is also important to start training people still in school so that they can develop the skills for the jobs of the future and to make sure that those providing that education and training understand what the jobs in demand will be. . . . An important next step will be for the partners to undertake a focused evaluation of the program so that we can all learn which specific strategies work and why they work, and which strategies are less effective and therefore less deserving of continued investment.”

To read a full transcript of Mester's speech in Lexington click here. The bank did a four part series examining Eastern Kentucky's economy; to read it, click here.

Written by Tim Mandell