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Columns

  • Crossing paths electronically with a media icon

    He was considered the most listened to man in America. Paul Harvey’s unique delivery, writing skill and story-telling style set him apart in broadcasting.

  • Discovering history along the journey of life

    I do not remember black history being taught when I attended junior high and high school in Michigan. I’m sure some information was taught because I, as many others from my generation, know of such achievers as George Washington Carver, Harriet Tubman and Booker T. Washington.

  • County government should oversee special taxing districts

    I moved to Kentucky in 2008 when the economy crashed. It was time for our family to live by a budget to avoid our own fiscal cliff. Each of us puts our receipts into a jar. At the end of the month, we painstakingly open the lid and review each receipt to match our credit card statements and to see how we are doing in meeting our budgeted expenses. 

    By careful examination, we discovered unauthorized charges. We also realized that certain months we had to spend less to stay within our budget. Planning for the future and accounting for it today is our reality.

  • 'Harping' on education reforms

    Despite that real spending on public education has doubled during the past 25 years, there remains an alarming number of  bureaucrats and union bosses who propagandize that Kentucky is about to return to the days of the one-room schoolhouse both in terms of funding and academic reform.

    Billy Harper, who recently completed a term on the state Board of Education, doesn’t drink that Kool-Aid.

  • Advice from Honest Abe could have helped pastor and waitress

    If only they had followed Abraham Lincoln’s example about what to do when in a fit of anger.

  • Things you encounter watching a police standoff

    The gloves had to go.

    Despite the bitter conditions and bone-chilling drizzle, it was necessary to go barehanded. There was no way to change a camera lens and handle a notebook and ink pen with gloves on.

    Standing in the elements on a street corner Wednesday night had not been part of the plan.

    Minutes earlier, a different evening was anticipated. After settling onto my basement couch with the dog at my side, a routine discussion about supper plans was interrupted by a telephone call.

  • 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.