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Columns

  • Living in a world of imagination

    As a child, our oldest daughter had an imaginary roomful of children: Patti, Terri, Kimmy, Vicki and baby Edward.

    Whenever we traveled, all five climbed in the car. You had to hold the door until the imaginary kids all got in or the real child would shout frantically. It was cute ... the first few dozen times.

  • Focus on Finance: IRS delays tax filing start

    Question: What’s the earliest I can file my income tax return?

  • Winter gardening is a fight to resist cycle of life

    “I’m gonna write a book,” my friend Glen Sandusky announced to me when I saw him Sunday morning in the church office.

    Glen was grinning from ear to ear, a sure signal he was up to something.

    “What are you going to write about?” I played along.

    “I’m gonna write about how my preacher kept his garden going in January!” Then snickering to the audience gathered around him, he proudly proclaimed, “No one told him you can’t keep a garden alive in the dead of winter, so he just did it!”

  • New prosecutor offers new promises and hope

    It's hard not to like Shane Young.

    After all, you have to like a man who chokes up while trying to describe how important his wife is to him.

    Shortly after taking the oath of office last week to officially become commonwealth's attorney for the 9th Circuit, Young struggled for the words to aptly describe his devotion to his wife, Teresa, who will serve alongside him as one of the assistant commonwealth's attorneys.

    Otherwise, Young is not a person who has trouble expressing himself.

  • 'Ghost governments' could lead to millions of auditors

    American revolutionary James Otis gets credit for saying: “Taxation without representation is tyranny.”

    Whoever said it, those words ring just as true here today in Kentucky as they did in 18th century colonial Massachusetts.

    Thankfully, State Auditor Adam Edelen also is demonstrating his belief in this founding principle with his initiative to hold accountable the more than 1,200 special taxing districts strung out across the commonwealth.

  • Learning at the knee of a century-old pastor

    “You don’t seem like a preacher, at least not a typical one. You’re ‘the real deal.’”

    The comment, coming from an inmate in jail, I took as a compliment, although I frequently ask myself if I’m really real.

    His comment was followed by a question: “How did you ever get to be a preacher in the first place?” (I am tempted to ask: Do you think I should have been something else?)

  • Connecting requires some level of cultural relevancy

    The birth of a child represents all levels of hope and possibility to society and to a family. We want the best for them. As a parent or grandparent, there's so much we want to teach these children.

    It starts with basic life skills like walking without tumbling and feeding yourself without painting the walls with Spaghetti-0s. Little rhymes, fairy tales, counting and ABCs soon follow along with how to high five or throw a kiss. Some issues are struggles like managing buttons, zippers and shoelaces.

  • Entering a new year by locking old doors

    “Is someone important arriving here or are people just waiting for family?”

    Before I could answer the man, the lady standing next to me in the airport terminal said in a voice loud enough for everyone around us to hear, “Family is important!”

    I stepped back, not wanting to get caught in the crossfire of a potential verbal volley, but then the questioner submissively lowered his head and silently trudged toward the baggage claim.

  • Why stop with Santa's pipe? Let's put him on a treadmill

    I never thought much about Santa smoking a pipe in Clement Moore’s 1823 poem, “Twas the Night Before Christmas,” but now that a new edition of the poem has taken his pipe away, I think I miss it.

    Would somebody please give Santa his pipe back? I don’t want him rummaging through my cabinets, frantically trying to find some tobacco for a post sugar-cookie nicotine fix.

  • BBB tips on returns, exchanges for gifts

    Each year, Better Business Bureau receives calls after the holidays from upset consumers who are stuck with items they cannot return. This holiday season, BBB wants to remind consumers to know their rights before making a purchase. BBB offers this advice on returns/exchanges: