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Columns

  • Living along the way to life’s exit

    It’s 7 a.m. on any given weekday and the regular crowd shuffles in. No one asks where to sit; it’s been settled by habit over the years.

    I’m at the retirement facility in Lubbock, Texas, where my mom and dad live. And on this day, I join my dad’s breakfast bunch. This morning Dad, age 89, is undergoing a knee replacement while Mom, 92, waits in their apartment.

    At the breakfast table, Larry, the retired cotton farmer, sits to my left, calmly smiling beneath his red suspenders and flannel shirt.

  • Focus on Finance: Beware of ACA scams

    Question: There are no doubt going to be lots of scams out there surrounding the Affordable Care Act. Especially now with it being so new and a little confusing. How can I weed out the scammers?

    Answer: Better Business Bureau is warning consumers about an increase in fraudulent activity related to the launch of the Affordable Care Act.

    The open enrollment period began Oct. 1 and scammers understand many Americans are confused about their rights and responsibilities with the new program.

  • Sharing his God-fearing Grandpa’s moonshine stories

    It’s always fun to have a good story to tell and Brent Goodin’s story about development of a craft distillery is a good one.

    Inspired to do research by his son’s interest in the "Moonshiners" reality show, he found a new purpose for buildings on his family’s industrial property off Battle Training Road. The very fact that the property has a spring that’s fed by the same natural limestone filtration system that has established Kentucky as the world’s bourbon capital is a remarkable coincidence.

  • Needed: Consumer-driven reform, not Obamacare

    Supporters of the insufferable Obama administration’s misnamed Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act continue to rope low-information Americans into believing that needed health care reform will be achieved only by a policy like “Obamacare,” which forces healthy individuals to pay for policies filled with services – and costs – they neither want nor need in order to provide lower-cost coverage to the sick.

  • Theft was wrong, response was right

    When does a blatant, criminal act of outright theft produce a good result – and an educational experience as well – in terms of the First Amendment?

  • Coach Pawley an inspiration to all

    By THOMAS ED CECIL

    Guest Columnist

  • Developing trust based on experience

    Let’s start with a basic question: How do you decide who to trust?

    Perhaps they look you directly in the eye and offer a firm handshake. Those are signs of trustworthness, right? That’s what Mrs. Alton, my second-grade teacher used to say.

    Or maybe there was something familiar in their demeanor that makes you comfortable. On the other hand, you may rely on some special intuition that magically measures sincerity in their voice.

  • Three challenges necessary to improve the road ahead

    One of the more amazing spectacles in the days after the government shutdown ended was the obsession in Washington with who won and who lost in the showdown.

    Yes, the capital is focused on next year’s elections, but honestly! There was only one real loser and that was the American people.

    Why? Because nothing got resolved. The agreement leaves the government open only until mid-January and gives the Treasury the ability to borrow through early February. All that effort secured us the barest minimum that we needed.

  • Attorneys can make a difference by ‘helping just one’

    Imagine facing serious, life-changing legal issues such as bankruptcy, foreclosure, domestic violence and wrongful eviction and not being able to afford an attorney.

    That’s the reality for thousands of low-income Kentuckians.

    As we celebrate National Pro Bono Week from Oct. 20-26, the Kentucky Access to Justice Commission is highlighting widespread demand for civil legal aid in Kentucky and recognizing attorneys who provide free legal counsel to those who need it most.

  • Same tongue that sings praises can spread gossip

    She lowered her eyes as if she were too ashamed to look at me. Her quivering voice revealed the emotional pain she was experiencing: “Pastor, what those people are saying about me just isn’t true.”