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Columns

  • 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.

  • Four who fought for your right to be wrong

    The State Theater will show the film, “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” after local theater owner  Ike Boutwell, Korean War combat veteran and owner of movie complexes in Elizabethtown and Radcliff, refused to show the movie because Jane Fonda is in the production.

    Now Emily West, director of the Historic State Theater, will be showing the movie and states she personally loves films based on real stories. This movie tells the story of Cecil Gaines, a White House butler who served under eight presidents in the White House.

  • BBB: Avoid these classified ad website scams

    BBB is warning consumers to be cautious when responding to classified ads on Craigslist, especially when it is about a job or rental property posting.

    Recently, fake job postings and home rental scams are two of the most common Craigslist posting issues reported to BBB. Here are how the scams typically work: 

    1. The Online Rental Scam:

  • Outreach to Japan worthwhile

    Regarding the city council member’s trip to Japan, I think you miss the point as you apparently see little value in the trip; at least not $7,500 worth. Let me explain.

  • Taxpayers get results every day

    Issue: Japan trip.

    The Real View: Editorial out of focus.

    Yes, there are three Elizabethtown City Council members headed to Japan.

    Yet the editorial by The News-Enterprise is what is out of focus. The trip has clear focus and is done to produce results.

  • 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.