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Columns

  • Searching for a cure for loneliness

    “I’ve been lonely for quite some time now. It hangs over me like a black cloud and follows me wherever I go. At times I can escape it, but it seems like it always waiting there…”

    I’d heard similar confessions before from others. I’ve heard it from my own voice within, at times, too.

    People get lonely. Some studies list loneliness as the most common anxiety of people today. Some estimate as many as 50 percent of the population experiences chronic loneliness.

    Someone you know is lonely.

  • Beasley family knows value of education and ECTC

    By JOYCE BEASLEY
    Guest columnist

    My mom determined that all of my brothers and sisters would attend college or some other form of higher learning after high school. I could hear the finality in my Mom’s voice that high school was not our last stop in the educational world.

  • Reasons to laugh in a season of sadness

    Most of us know what it’s like to laugh at the wrong time.

    The character Ray Barone in the sitcom “Everybody Loves Raymond” got himself in a peck of trouble when his wife Debra confided in him that her parents were getting a divorce. Typical of Raymond, instead of being empathic, he found the situation laughable and couldn’t restrain his snicker.

    Debra made him pay severely for his faux pas.

  • Night at the gym had many special characteristics

     

    The final home game of the basketball season is always special.

    Last Friday, I happened to be in the stands as North Hardin closed out its 2012-13 home schedule. Because it was Senior Night, special ceremonies were held to honor 12th-graders on the home team.

  • Wayne’s World crashes Ky. taxpayers’ party

    Recycling is for old batteries and used motor oil, not failed economic ideas that should have been tossed long ago.

    President Obama’s State of the Union speech was filled with such big-government policy retreads that failed to jumpstart sluggish economies in the past, including a recycled attempt to force companies to pay higher wages for low-skilled workers.

  • Historic argument need not stifle progress

    A few weeks ago, in his second inaugural speech, President Obama waded into the longest-running argument our history offers.

    “Progress does not compel us to settle centuries-long debates about the role of government for all time,” he said, “but it does require us to act in our time.”

  • The ministry of back scratching

    As soon as I asked the question, I asked myself why I had asked the question. Even as I was mouthing the words, the stodgy side of me whispered to the daring side, “What do you think you’re doing?”

    She has been a resident in the long-term care facility for several years and given her advanced age, this likely will be her home until she dies. It doesn’t take much for me to illicit a smile from her, most any caring words will do: “You look nice today.” “I love that smile.” “You’re in a happy mood.”

  • 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.