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Columns

  • 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.

  • Paying off debt provides more options for Radcliff

    Over the past few weeks, several people have inquired about my decision to pay off the remaining debt owed on the Challenger Learning Center five years early.

    In 1998, the city of Radcliff committed itself to becoming one of several communities across the country which would be home to a Challenger Learning Center. The learning centers were designed to educate youth in our region on space exploration. City government would bond $3.8 million over 20 years to build the facility.

  • Listen to Dad's stories before he loses his hearing

    I still call my dad most every morning. While I’m driving to work, he’s slowly but surely making his way to breakfast in the retirement facility where my parents now live.

    I sometimes have difficulty communicating on the phone with Dad since his hearing is not what it used to be. (Dad just turned 89.) So, I was encouraged when Dad told me he was getting new hearing aids. I thought that would make our conversations easier.

    “I just got my new hearing aids,” he proudly announced one morning not long ago.