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Columns

  • Despite others, I’m still in love with my computer

    Maybe it’s a part of the yearning for a slower, simpler world, a less digitized world when others — including the National Security Agency — didn’t have instant access to our privacy. Or perhaps it’s more a desire to touch and embrace an older vehicle for communicating.

    It could be both.

    I’m referring to the return of the typewriter.

    Even high school students are learning the joys and frustrations of tap tap tapping away on what many consider an anachronistic way of communicating.

  • CASA provides service outlet for willing seniors

    Good news for my cohorts by survival that enjoy the grand title of retiree.Here’s a bit of information to put a spark in your life.

    Amazingly, the CASA of the Heartland volunteer program came about in ways which allow retirees to tap into a source of usefulness, joy and fulfilling rewards. By the time retirement arrives, most folks have been parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts or reached the age of maturity. They have the experience needed so desperately by CASA children and the Family Court of Hardin County.

  • Leadership: Democracy’s essential ingredient

    By Lee H. Hamilton

  • Elizabethtown’s mayor deserves respect, support

    For 16 days, Elizabethtown city government has operated without a mayor. City Council is likely to resolve that situation during its meeting Monday afternoon.

    The void left by Tim Walker’s death is extensive. Stung by the sudden loss of their friend and colleague, the council members have moved with caution and respect. But a decision must be made and state law provides the council only 30 days to select a new mayor.

  • June is Fireworks Safety Month

    It is fitting that the month leading up to our nation’s birthday is Fireworks Safety Month as fireworks during the Fourth of July are as American as apple pie and, unfortunately, fireworks can be as dangerous as they are patriotic.

  • Exploring the past with the latest technology

    Like walking through the pages of time, history museums hold a special attraction.

    Family members who travel with me don’t always share my willingness to read every panel and examine each exhibit. It often adds unwanted time to a trip.

    Going up in the arch in St. Louis? Expect a diversion into the museum inside its base that chronicles America’s western migration. Got plans for a Nashville weekend? Don’t mention The Hermitage or the Country Music Hall of Fame because Ben’s going to want to stop.

  • Coal exports unleash economic power

    When Mark Twain read his (obviously) premature obituary in the New York Times, he famously quipped: “the reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.”

    Now more than 100 years later, some of Kentucky’s most radical environmentalists have read the tea leaves concerning the recent loss of thousands of coal-mining jobs in Kentucky and are gleefully gearing up for a celebration of the industry’s demise.

  • Farewell to a friend

    At his high school reunion, Tim Walker reconnected with several classmates who spent their adult lives out of state. Most had the same question.

    "Tim Walker is the mayor of Elizabethtown?”

    The surprise in their voices apparently amused him. Walker did something in life that many people never accomplish: He rose above the limits his hometown placed on him.

    He set different expectations for himself.

    Actually, Tim’s personal aspirations were derived from a sense of duty and faith.

  • Congress needs to learn how to make policy again

    I've noticed a recurring question as I talk to people about Congress. What can be done, they wonder, to get Congress back on track? Is our national legislature capable of serious policy making?

    At a time when polls say jobs and the economy are Americans’ chief concern, Congress has not passed a single piece of economic legislation. Instead, it’s focused on investigations. It’s an institution with very little to show for its efforts.

  • Dads can be supportive, even when they are apprehensive

    Children start out very fragile and helpless.