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Columns

  • Speaking on Dad’s behalf

    Ten years ago, on Nov. 18, 2003, Al Isham of Elizabethtown died. Many readers of The News-Enterprise remember Al as the one who wrote copious letters to the editor and kept the gun control debate alive with his thoughtful musings and informed arguments. Others may remember him as a liberal upstart trying to limit gun owners’ rights.

  • A couple points about local politics

    The 2014 election season promises to be a contentious one locally.

    As a young reporter three decades ago, a similar election season taught a couple lessons that consistently have proven to be true.

    1. If there’s something ugly to be said about someone, it will come out if they file for office.

    No matter how tiny the perceived offense, it has the potential to be part of campaign talk.

  • When your child’s name is on a tombstone

    By Tammy Nischan

    Leaning against the doorframe of the school workroom, she shared her struggle.

    She had snapped at her daughter all morning, because she was stressed.

    “I can’t keep living like this,” she sighed.

    As I looked into her aching eyes, I saw myself. I saw a woman trying to balance a career with motherhood. I saw a woman who longs to be the best she can be at work while longing to be the best she can be at home.

  • Riding to the Capitol with a bus full of nuns

    I first planted a garden because of something an Italian monk wrote some 1,500 years ago.

    His name is Benedict — St. Benedict of Nursia. And the document he penned became known as his rule or guide for monastic life.

    As author Jon Sweeney has noted, the Rule of St. Benedict became not only the basic guide for generations of monks in various religious orders, but it established a “way of life rooted in the Gospel and grounded in the scriptural principles of charity, stability and faithfulness.”

  • Better Business Bureau: Beware of utility scam

    Better Business Bureau is warning homeowners and business owners of a bill payment scam targeting utility customers.

    The caller claims to be a utility company employee (Louisville Gas & Electric, Kentucky Utilities, or Duke Energy), telling the customer their bill is overdue and asks for immediate bill payment by Green Dot MoneyPak Card. If the customer does not cooperate, the caller threatens to disconnect the person’s electric or natural gas service.

  • Tax reform: Time to fish or cut bait

     As Congress moves forward on budget negotiations, the word out of Washington is to expect nothing major: no grand bargain, just more stopgap, short-term fixes.

    Yet there’s one ray of hope. The House and Senate chairs of the tax-writing committees — one a Republican, the other a Democrat — are preparing a comprehensive tax reform plan. They see the budget negotiations as their opportunity to enact much-needed changes to our bloated, off-kilter tax laws.

  • Thanks to readers who influenced decisions on new comics

    Based on the very nature of our product, it changes every day. The news is different, advertising messages change, classifieds come and go as help wanted positions are filled, yard sales are conducted, vehicles sold and apartments rented.

    Formatted features might appear in the same place every day but the data changes whether its a weather forecast on Page A2, the obituaries on Page A4 or the Opinion page here on Page A6.

    But the comics are the comics.

  • Don’t let extremists, unnecessary laws stymie pipeline

    No one is a more ardent supporter of private-property rights than this columnist.

    I once teamed up with former Bowling Green City Commissioner and Western Kentucky economics professor Brian Strow to debate former Bowling Green Mayor Elaine Walker and Kentucky League of Cities lawyer Bill Thielen on the government’s use of eminent domain before energetic students at Western Kentucky University.

  • 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.