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Columns

  • Trust, but definitely verify

    Of all the numbers thrown at us over the course of last year, one stands out for me. I hope we can avoid repeating it this year.

    That number is 12. It’s the percentage of Americans in a December Quinnipiac poll who said they trust the government in Washington to do what is right most or all of the time.

    It’s a depressingly small number — especially compared to the 41 percent who say they “hardly ever” trust the government. This meshes with recent polls that echo a bleak truth: Trust in government is at historically low levels.

  • During election season, ‘likes’ limited to Facebook

    Shake off the Christmas owe and your New Year glow. A new season is upon us.

    It’s election time. With the new year comes an increase in candidate filings for local races. 2014 features a crowded field with all county races, municipal races and most legislative seats on the line.

    The deadline to run in the May primary is Jan. 28 — a little more than three weeks away.

    As the community’s news and information leader, The News-Enterprise will strive to provide detailed coverage during the election season.

  • Bluegrass Beacon: Judge's ruling a victory for transparency
  • Column by Gene Policinski
  • Smells like a new year

    Mention the smells of Christmas and most people have little trouble ticking off their favorites: The perfume of evergreen, the citrusy smell of fruit in the Christmas stockings, cinnamon spice tea brewing, the aroma of gingerbread cookies and pumpkin bread baking.

    So popular are these smells that they’ve been packaged in Christmas aerosol sprays, candles and refresher oils.

    Not so with the New Year. 

  • It's beginning to smell a lot like New Year's
  • Christmas greetings offer perspective for the new year

    New Year’s resolutions can be elusive. Deciding what you want to change about yourself requires more insight and personal examination than most of us are willing to undergo.

    But this year, I just may have found a reservoir of ideas. And they came in the mail.

    Before discarding your collection of Christmas cards, give them another examination. Seriously consider the printed messages. When you truly embrace these greetings from family, friends and associates, you’ll discover a rich supply of new priorities for the new year.

  • Column by Jim Waters
  • Congress still isn't acting responsibly
    By Lee Hamilton
     
    Congress is winding down its historically unproductive session with a small flurry of activity. It’s a welcome change, but so long overdue that it can’t possibly make up for what should have been accomplished on Capitol Hill this year.
  • WKU leaders support engineering initiative

    Dr. Gary A. Ransdell

    President, Western Kentucky University

    Dr. Cheryl Stevens

    Dean, Ogden College of Science and Engineering, WKU

    The mayors of Kentucky’s two largest cities are calling for more funding to train more engineers as a way to expand manufacturing clout.