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Columns

  • Count the wins and losses but cherish the lives

    Toss a stone in the still water of a country pond and a series of tiny circular waves emanate from the initial splash point. The circles slowly expand until the ripples reach the pond’s edge.

    More than four decades ago, Ron Bevars tossed his career into the North Hardin High School community. As a teacher and coach, he influenced thousands upon thousands of lives. But as a friend of children, his influences will ripple endlessly.

  • Prepare for sticker shock, buyer’s remorse

    Gov. Steve Beshear got warm and fuzzy Tuesday about the Affordable Care Act’s first official day when Kentucky’s government-run health exchange website went live – calling it “one of the most exciting days I have had since I have been governor.”

    Most Americans don’t share Beshear’s enthusiasm.

    A CNN poll shows support in September for Obamacare plummeting to below 40 percent – down from 51 percent in January.

  • Not tone deaf, but a case of singer's envy

    Some people are gifted with beautiful solo voices to bless an audience; other singers, perhaps not quite as vocally talented, bless others with quartet voices; then there are those that bless others by not singing.

    I’ve always thought of myself as being in that latter category.

    But that’s changed of late.

  • A few questions and perhaps some reasonable answers

    Newsrooms are full of questions. In the past week or so, a few questions in particular stirred new thinking. After some research and study, it's time to share three of them here.

    Before I attempt to share my answers, please remember this is the Opinion page. My answers reflect my opinions. Your reality may differ.

    Question 1: Why do city and county government property tax rates remain the same or decline while school taxes keep going up?

  • What Congress needs to do about the NSA

    Washington is beginning to debate the proper extent of government eavesdropping powers in the wake of Edward Snowden’s revelations about the NSA. It’s hardly as robust a discussion as it should be, but it’s a desperately needed start.

  • Councilman responds to editorial

    By Bill Bennett

     

    ISSUE: City needs Bennett’s lien money immediately for Japan trip

    MY VIEW: It must have been a slow news day at The News-Enterprise

     

  • What murderers cannot kill

    There’s a surprising grace that falls our way whenever someone unexpectedly sings a beautiful song.

    It was a Susan Boyle moment whenever Angela Hockensmith began her solo in our church one Sunday morning. I could sense people looking wide eyed at each other. Like me, they were silently saying, “I didn’t know she could sing like that.”

  • Quantifying the qualities of forgiveness

    An insightful moment originated with an unexpected question from a stranger.

    More than a decade ago on a cool fall Sunday while awaiting a congregational dinner, a couple men engaged in conversation on a rear porch at a church in Bowling Green.

    A man stepped forward from the parking lot. Without introduction, he posed a straight-forward and direct inquiry — although his expression hinted that his motives might be mischievous.

  • Remembering a historic figure from Elizabethtown

    ABOUT THIS COLUMN
    Saturday will mark the 150th anniversary of the death of Ben Hardin Helm, a Confederate general from Elizabethtown, who was remembered in a local ceremony last weekend. This is an excerpt from the speech given by Kentucky author and historian Kent Masterson Brown at the event.

     

  • Senior employee shares meaning of plant and its family

    Being the most senior employee at Dow Corning’s Elizabethtown site, I was asked to share my thoughts as to what Dow Corning means to me. 

    I began my career at Dow Corning in March 1981, just a few months after my 21st birthday. The E’town plant would have been about 17 years old, so you could say that we have grown up together.