• KCTCS offers affordable education options now

    While lawmakers, higher education leaders and political pundits debate the feasibility of America’s College Promise — President Obama’s proposal for tuition-free community college — somewhere in Kentucky a graduating senior or a working adult wonder whether they can afford to go to college.

  • Personal experience dealing with measles

    In recent weeks, news stories about measles outbreaks and immunizations have spread like ... well, like the measles.

    Measles — and a similar ailment known as rubella or more commonly as three-day or German measles — were quite common a half-century ago. Most kids contracted it. In fact, it was considered to be a common childhood disease.

  • Civilization depends upon our resolve and convictions

    Righteousness, as defined in the Webster’s Dictionary, is acting in a just, upright and virtuous manner. It means being morally right. The belief that there are moral absolutes to guide human behavior has become an anathema to many in western civilized nations.

  • Try a bit more Valentine’s in your Lent and vice versa

    Valentine’s Day precedes Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent by only four days this year. What a contrast in these two days.

    Valentine’s Day is a time when many couples celebrate their love with cards, flowers and gifts — often in some form of chocolate. (If you eat equal amounts of white chocolate and dark chocolate, is that a balanced diet?)

  • Kentucky hero speaks up for smoke-free bill

    As a veteran, I fought to protect the personal liberties of all Americans. Personal freedom is one of our most treasured values.

    One of the most vital freedoms is the freedom to breathe clean air. When you can’t breathe, nothing else matters.

  • What to do when your email is hacked

    as your email account been hacked? Individual accounts are hijacked by scammers all of the time, sending spam to victims’ contact lists.

    How can you tell if you have been hacked?

    Often, you will hear from people you know who have received an unlikely message with your name on it.

  • Lower pump prices also trim road funds

    Like everyone, I’m really enjoying the dramatic drop in gasoline prices. And like many, I believe I’m already paying more than my share of taxes. So when I think about someone wanting me to pay more taxes on a gallon of gas, my first reaction is “no way!”

  • Simple lessons from a super game

    A week has passed and Super Bowl XLIX continues to be a point of conversation.

    This is not the Sports page, but I think there are interesting life lessons that can be derived from what we saw and how we reacted.

    It was a competitive and, therefore, exciting contest throughout. Much of the chatter comes down to a late goal-line decision by the Seattle Seahawks.

  • Try a ‘stop day’ to boost your get-up-and-go needs

    “I’m tired,” my son, Dave, told me.

    He was driving back from Cincinnati again after another long day.

    “You’re too young to get tired,” I responded.

    I’m sure he found about as much comfort in my words as I did when I, at about his age, told my dad I was tired.

  • Insight for selecting tax preparation help

    Need help filing your taxes? Do your research. The Better Business Bureau encourages taxpayers to use caution when selecting tax preparation help. Using the wrong preparer could cause a lot of headaches, fines and fees.