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Columns

  • 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.

  • '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.