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Columns

  • Giving locally benefits entire community

    Like many families in Hardin County, I’ve had some good conversations and late-night ponderings about our local economy, jobs and the quality of life in our community. Most people think about the big for-profit employers and the small business owners but I would bet few think about the economic importance and benefits of the many nonprofits in town.

  • Legends never die: A tribute to Stan the Man

    “Heroes get remembered, but legends never die. Follow your heart, kid and you'll never go wrong.” — From the film, “The Sandlot” (1993)

     

    A great American legend, and one of my heroes, was buried last week. But “Stan the Man” Musial was more than a hero; he was and remains a legend. And legends live on, influencing those who come behind them, inspiring new acts of courage and goodness.

    Though dead, Stan Musial lives on.

  • Fairness, equity takes backseat to political points

    The General Assembly needs to redistrict. Why’s it so hard?

    The objective is fairness and balance, ensuring that the boundaries contain roughly the same number of voters. When completed effectively, the task will balance the number of Kentuckians served by each senator and each representative based on the 2010 Census.

  • Don't get behind this guy in the drive-thru

     

    Perhaps this experience will seem familiar to you.

    You are going through the drive-thru at a fast-food restaurant. You obviously made the choice to use the drive-thru because you were hungry and limited on time.

  • Unforgiving nature of the Internet

    The Internet, that daily source of information upon which so many of us depend for so much — from the daily news to updates on friends and their status — cannot only be an avenue offering help for today and even hope for tomorrow, but also unfortunately, an escort to our demise, bouncing us along the boulevard of broken dreams, pointing us finally to the exit ramp that lands us in a parking lot bounded by past mistakes.

  • Living in a world of imagination

    As a child, our oldest daughter had an imaginary roomful of children: Patti, Terri, Kimmy, Vicki and baby Edward.

    Whenever we traveled, all five climbed in the car. You had to hold the door until the imaginary kids all got in or the real child would shout frantically. It was cute ... the first few dozen times.

  • Focus on Finance: IRS delays tax filing start

    Question: What’s the earliest I can file my income tax return?

  • Winter gardening is a fight to resist cycle of life

    “I’m gonna write a book,” my friend Glen Sandusky announced to me when I saw him Sunday morning in the church office.

    Glen was grinning from ear to ear, a sure signal he was up to something.

    “What are you going to write about?” I played along.

    “I’m gonna write about how my preacher kept his garden going in January!” Then snickering to the audience gathered around him, he proudly proclaimed, “No one told him you can’t keep a garden alive in the dead of winter, so he just did it!”

  • New prosecutor offers new promises and hope

    It's hard not to like Shane Young.

    After all, you have to like a man who chokes up while trying to describe how important his wife is to him.

    Shortly after taking the oath of office last week to officially become commonwealth's attorney for the 9th Circuit, Young struggled for the words to aptly describe his devotion to his wife, Teresa, who will serve alongside him as one of the assistant commonwealth's attorneys.

    Otherwise, Young is not a person who has trouble expressing himself.

  • 'Ghost governments' could lead to millions of auditors

    American revolutionary James Otis gets credit for saying: “Taxation without representation is tyranny.”

    Whoever said it, those words ring just as true here today in Kentucky as they did in 18th century colonial Massachusetts.

    Thankfully, State Auditor Adam Edelen also is demonstrating his belief in this founding principle with his initiative to hold accountable the more than 1,200 special taxing districts strung out across the commonwealth.