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Columns

  • Study the candidates and express yourself at the polls

    Americans once again will exercise one of their most important rights and responsibilities. Millions will cast votes to decide who will serve in elected offices at every national, state and local level.

    Sadly, over the years fewer and fewer Americans have actively participated in this most American of duties. Many election outcomes are determined by far less than half the eligible voters. 

  • Every vote has an impact and every voter matters

    With every flyer I placed on the doorknob, I felt a surge of energy. I was actually making a difference and for an 11-year-old kid, that’s a big deal.

  • Nothing good ever develops from anger

    Some stereotypes are grossly unfair and not very flattering. That said, when the shoe fits, wear it, and as an Italian American, I fit the stereotype of being emotional (I know) and passionate (I think). Cest la vie.

    But I realized today that in that gamut of emotions there is one I regret.

    Anger.

    I wish I hadn’t wasted so much emotional energy when I was younger in being angry.

  • Time to unmask David Williams

    It’s the Halloween season, which has morphed beyond its trick-or-treat candy collection roots into a leading celebration for people otherwise known as grownups.

    For many, it’s a time to display their creativity in the form of a costume or alternate personality. It will be displayed in some business offices Wednesday and in countless home parties that evening.

    When you realize that many of us disguise our true nature each day behind socially acceptable personality masks, it’s easy to understand the attraction of these Halloween fantasies.

  • Editorial board to offer recommendations in two city races

    A fter investing more than 12 hours in interviews, research and debate, The News-Enterprise’s editorial board will seek to provide some pre-election insight for local residents later this week.

    On Thursday, recommendations for Radcliff City Council will be published, followed in Friday’s editions by a similar editorial regarding Elizabethtown City Council.

  • Remembering Pat Owsley

    By: MATT ADAMS

    In roughly two years of working for the Hardin County Extension Service, I have written about many things in this column. From drought, to insects, to disease, to flood, one would think I have just about covered it all by now.

    But there is one of the most important aspects of Hardin County agriculture I have not written about, and that is people. The farmers, agribusiness men and women, teachers and community leaders involved in agriculture make this industry what it is in our county.

  • Our rooms are a storehouse of memories

    “I went back upstairs one more time and said ‘goodbye’ to my room. I’m ready to go now.”

    Dave’s words were my signal: Cutting my eyes toward him as he walked to his car, I turned on the headlights in the early morning dawn, put the

    U-Haul in gear and we all – Dave, Lori, Madi and I – headed south, caravan style.

  • The miracle of a new life

    When she handed me her baby, my first grandbaby, I could have sworn — even though he had been born less than 10 minutes ago — that he raised his left eyebrow, winked at me, smiled and was about to whisper, “Aren’t you glad I finally arrived!”

    Instead he opened his mouth wide and cried. And once again reality nudged me in the side.

  • Listening to debates: Do you hear what I hear?

    Great attention is lavished on presidential debates because they are made-for-TV showcases but I can’t find much value in them.

    Nothing a candidate does during a debate indicates how well he will serve.

    During their four years in office, the president never faces a debate scenario. Is a person more qualified because he can stand behind a lectern for 90 minutes? That’s a better qualification for the person who will succeed Alex Trebek on “Jeopardy.”

  • Emphasizing the importance of dental care

    Kentucky families are busier and are more financially strapped than ever. Unfortunately, dental care is one of the first expenses sacrificed. What's more, dental care is still out of reach for more than three-quarters of all children utilizing Medicaid dental benefits in Kentucky because of a shortage of dentists who accept it.

    We can't let dental care, especially in the crucial early years, become an after-thought or a burden for families in Hardin County.