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Columns

  • 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.”

  • Lessons played on a bedroom turntable

    Watching grandchildren excel at the latest video games, relying on “bed-night movies” to wind down before sleep and thriving on music-on-demand services, it’s clear growing up is different.

    A 2-year-old can torture you with DVR storage devoted to “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse” episodes. A grown man can only take so many scenes with Donald Duck and Goofy pleading, “Oh, Toodles!”

  • Free press has rights — and responsibilities

    The First Amendment is very clear in its 45 words that it protects a “free press” along with our rights to religious freedom, free speech and the rights to assemble and petition.

    But the Founders, in effect, placed a responsibility on that free press in return for being the only profession named in the Bill of Rights: The news media were to be a “watchdog on government,” providing us with facts, perspective and sometimes contrarian views that help citizens better chart the course of their government.

  • Message from beyond focuses on scientific discoveries

    My laptop is channeling Carl Sagan. With auto-correct changing my sentences and random freeze-ups deleting my drafts, he is skillfully guiding my words from the great beyond.

  • Legal questions to ask about pipeline easements

    By Terry Geoghegan and Tom FitzGerald
    Guest Columnists
    Landowners contacted by Bluegrass Pipeline Partners LLC, the Williams Co. or one of their representatives about selling an easement for construction of a 24-inch pressurized natural gas liquids pipeline across their property rightfully have questions about whether granting such an easement is in their interest.

  • It’s time for an intervention

    The American public has lost patience with Washington. The question is, now what?

    Congress is unable to do its job. It displays neither competence nor responsibility. It lurches — reeling from crisis to crisis, each one self-manufactured in an effort to postpone the reckoning from some earlier crisis.

  • Why Kentucky schools should prepare for allergic reactions

    When it comes to protecting our children, most parents are willing to do just about anything to ensure their safety. But do our schools do the same?

    We all hope our schools also take the necessary precautions to ensure our children are safe at school. That’s why Kentucky worked hard to pass a law last year to encourage schools to carry epinephrine auto-injectors on site in case of a severe allergic reaction.

  • In search for inner peace, remember to truly listen

    I arrived before daybreak at the Abbey of Gethsemani, unaware that the occasion I had chosen as a personal day of prayer and reflection happened to be the Feast Day for St. Francis of Assisi.

    For me that made the day all the more special. St. Francis is one of my favorite religious persons in all of history. His decision to seek simplicity, walk the pathway of peace, love animals and respect nature has been an abiding source of inspiration to me.