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Columns

  • Doctor challenges county's expenditures regarding HMH

    After World War II the U.S. Congress passed a bill known as “Hillburton,” which provided funds to be used to build rural hospitals. This ignited the idea of a hospital in Elizabethtown. The project was first taken by the Elizabethtown Rotary Club in 1949. This was brought to a vote, the idea was rejected.

    A couple of years later, a wiser Rotary Club asked the Lions Club for assistance. The Rotary and Lions Clubs again put the question to a vote. This time the issue passed, and Hardin Memorial Hospital became a reality.

  • Faith provides the strength exhibited in '42'

    The evils of racism are expressed in the words we speak and the mores we establish. And both emerge from the illusion of superiority.

    Jackie Robinson, as a black American, was thrown into the fire when he entered major league baseball in 1947, breaking the sport’s color barrier. The movie, “42,” named after Robinson’s jersey number, depicts the dramatic events of that year.

  • Develop financial literacy

    April is Financial Literacy Month and with help from FINRA, BBB is sharing ways in which you can become financially literate. One of the first steps to financial happiness is getting out of debt.

    It’s easy to fall into debt. But just because you’re in debt, doesn’t mean you have to stay in debt. Whether you’re in serious trouble or just want to pay down some bills, take the steps in this financial action plan to get going.

  • Life as learned through a game, a movie and a VW

    My baseball experience is spotty and without glory. Baseball doesn’t go well with poor eyesight and limited coordination. But you can learn to love it just the same.

    Many summer nights as a boy, I sat next to the wood-grain stereo listening to Cincinnati Reds’ games. The radio signal was stronger if you were near it. Sometimes, my father would drag my sleeping carcass from the floor to the bed when I dozed off during the seventh-inning stretch dreaming of Johnny Bench, Pete Rose or Lee May.

  • Don't sell short the blessings of life

    I couldn’t shake the somberness that clung to me like lint on a suit of clothes. The grief I felt in the eyes of the family followed me out the door of the funeral home and into my car. A wintry mix of snow and rain added to the dreariness of the moment and the rhythmic swish and swash of my windshield wipers sounded like a death knell, projecting with every beat of its dirge the photographs I had just seen of the deceased in happy times, nagging me with one question: Why?

  • Reinvigorating political parties could snap D.C. impasse

    A few weeks ago, the Republican National Committee issued a 100-page report aimed at reviving the GOP after its poor showing in last November’s elections. It was remarkably blunt about the specifics of the party’s shortcomings — its lack of inclusiveness, its hapless data initiatives, its poor grassroots organizing.

    What it did not take on, however, was an issue the RNC can do little about: the diminished influence, if not irrelevance, of both major parties in American politics.

  • Fiscal Court's second vote affirms first principles

    Hardin Fiscal Court plans a classic do-over.

    In self-officiated playground games of our youth, conflicts often were discarded with a shout of “do-over” and the disputed play would be tossed out. Play resumed as if it never happened.

  • Cool weather may challenge weed control in wheat

    As we progress through thiscooler-than-normal spring, wheat growers quickly are being faced with weed management decisions.

    This spring, the million-dollar question has been, “Will my herbicides work in these cool temperatures?” Some growers have delayed herbicide applications in hope of better weather in coming days.

  • Vegan diet sidetracked by intoxicating steak

    “You’ve got to be kidding me.” That was my wife’s response when I told her I was going on a vegan diet plan, which is a vegetarian diet that excludes meat, dairy products and eggs.

    My son, Dave, was more blunt: “You might as well turn in your man card, Dad.

    It happened like this. One of my friends, who is an avid runner, mentioned that she has trouble getting adequate protein in her diet. “I’ve never had trouble eating animals that are raised and killed for food,” I commented.

  • At tax time, consider donations to charitable organizations

    I often tell people that if it doesn’t bother your conscience or your pocketbook you’re probably not going to change. 

    When it comes to giving to a charity it is definitely true but if you ask the right questions of your tax professional you may get a little more out of your tax deductions to go along with your generosity. If you are already giving to a nonprofit, now might be a good time to ask about the benefits of managing your successful investments as part of a charitable giving plan.