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Columns

  • A sober approach to drunken driving

    In its new report on how to reduce drunken-driving deaths, the National Transportation Safety Board states its goal in the title: “Reaching Zero.” The agency thinks it is irreproachable to try to ensure that no one ever dies in an alcohol-related accident. In fact, it’s a utopian goal requiring excessive compulsion in the pursuit of unattainable perfection.

  • Brass tacks about square feet

    Late last year, ICON Engineering & Inspection Services performed a “new facility programming study” for Hardin County government. It is common practice to perform such a study prior to designing a large construction project.

  • How I became a tree hugger

    “What are you doing, Dad?” my son asked when he called me on his cell phone.

    I was sitting on our back patio, admiring the work I’d done, having just planted the first third of my garden with the non-genetically modified seeds I had oh-so carefully selected. I wanted to come as close as I could to having an organic garden.

    Then just as I as I leaned back to relax, I stood up straight, squinting at the tractor spraying the field behind my house. It was coming closer and closer to my garden.

  • Drawing insight from a coach's childhood story

    A couple weeks ago, I had never heard of Ken Lolla. Since his speech at the Select Preps banquet nine days ago, his words keep bouncing around in my head.

    Lolla is the men’s soccer coach for the University of Louisville. He’s also a father of three, a motivational speaker, the author of a children’s book and is developing into a brand name. He shares his ideas from www.kenlolla.com and has active social media accounts.

  • 'Invisible lawmakers' dramatically impact final regulations

    By Lee Hamilton

    Want to know what’s causing a lot of people in Washington to work long hours right now? Here’s a hint: It’s not immigration reform or gun control or, for that matter, any other legislation coming down the pike. Instead, it’s a pair of 3-year-old laws.

  • Neighborly ways don't include bulldozer traffic

    Will there be fences in heaven?

    That’s another way of asking, will your bothersome neighbor’s heavenly mansion be next to yours?

    Before you petition heaven’s city council for a privacy fence or request that your bad neighbor be confined to the eternal promised land’s back forty, make sure you yourself aren’t unwittingly the neighbor from hell who somehow slipped under the pearly gates unnoticed while St. Peter was distracted by a game of heavenly baseball.

  • Our precious loss: Moved again to tears by memories of the bus crash

    After midnight, a ringing phone never delivers good news.

    On the other end was first word about a traffic crash some 90 miles from home. It was a bus from Hardin County and it was ablaze. Despite almost no information, something in the shaky voice of that alarmed caller made the immensity of the tragedy clear.

    My next phone calls that Sunday morning awoke reporters and photographers. A team was dispatched to Carrollton. The most intensive work week of my professional life began.

    Over the next three days, I slept three hours and cried four times.

  • The wrong medicine for Kentucky’s Medicaid malady

    More than 324 years after architect Sir Christopher Wren constructed fake pillars at Windsor Town Hall near London to satisfy building inspectors, tourists remain fascinated with the good-for-nothing posts.

    The story goes that in 1689, local inspectors warned that the town hall would crumble without additional support. Rather than fight City Hall, Wren, England’s greatest architect – who disagreed with the inspectors – fooled them by building four pillars that offered the illusion of more support but which did not even reach the ceiling.

  • Recognizing those who provide care

    How fitting it is the beginning of National Nursing Home Week is Mother’s Day, May 12. What an opportunity to remember our most cherished loved ones. Mother’s Day is one of the busiest and most exciting days of the year for nursing homes. It is a day when family members make a point to visit, share memories and appreciate the people who have impacted their lives.

    I am proud of our Kentucky facilities as they prepare to make sure residents enjoy every moment with their families on this special day.

  • Remember what Mom said and her silence

    Growing up, my mother was like a lighthouse to me: Her light was always on, a beacon guiding me through the daily adventures and the bumps and bruises of childhood and adolescence. At the end of the day, she was always there, welcoming me to the safe harbor that was my home.

    Years later, when I left for other places and the home lights were but a distant flicker, I would remind myself of Mom’s words. And often, they would light my path.