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Columns

  • Victims of abuse deserve true love

    “Look for the girl with the broken smile
    Ask her if she wants to stay awhile
    And she will be loved”
    - Maroon 5, “She Will Be Loved”

    Lowering her eyes, the young lady, still a teenager, turned away, trying to conceal the evidence: But it was unmistakably there. The marks on her face were painful reminders. She had indeed become another girl with a broken smile.

    Like thousands of other victims of domestic violence, her bruises would heal, but the scars on her heart would last a lifetime.

  • Kentucky could have a GOP VP in the making

    Folks who follow politics closely got caught up in a premature conversation last week about potential Republican vice presidential nominees.

    The GOP convention in Tampa, Fla., will not affirm the presidential nominee’s selection for another six months. But Rand Paul’s name circulated as a possible way to shore up Mitt Romney’s support among conservatives.

    It’s impossible to know if there was any substance to the talk. After all, politics are like icebergs: Much of it operates below the surface.

  • A unique politician provided life lessons in humility

    When evaluating elected officials, people use any number of methods.

    Some voters make a detailed examination of their voting record or stated positions. I’ve known others who are more interested in the candidate’s general knowledge about issues and agile mind. Many take into consideration the individual’s personality, charm or wit. Still others stop at their party affiliation and vote a straight ticket.

    I’ve always applied a unique measure learned at the knee of dear old dad.

  • What becomes of the broken-hearted?

    His lips quivered as tears moistened his eyes. But maybe that was just my imagination.

    No, I could have sworn I saw his lower lip quivering. And no mistaking, I heard his voice cracking just a bit.

    It was all there: the suppression of grief, the futile effort to hold the emotions in check, the chin lowered to the chest. It was all exposed.

    His mournful tale has been told by others for eons: the friend who disappointed, a relationship destroyed, the future uncertain.

  • A snapshot of black history

    Most of the inventions and contributions of blacks in America are  hidden and suppressed by mainstream media and school curriculums. I just wanted to give acknowledgement and hopefully educate some on the significant contributions blacks have had on America’s enhancement to greatness.

    First of all, let’s talk about the Tuskegee Airman. The unit lost only 68 of its numbers in World War II and were paramount in escorting bombers to their objectives and returning them safely. The numbers are remarkable

  • Your point of view depends on where you stand

    Perspective matters and most beliefs are matters of perspective.

    A co-worker with balloons on the desk was bemoaning the arrival of her 35th birthday last week. It reminded me of similar complaints that I had 18 - make that 19 - years ago.

  • Pardon my blush

    I could feel the veins in my face grow suddenly warm as I imagined my cheeks glowing bright red, signaling to all that I was blushing.

    It happened in the post office. Clinking shut the little door to my mail box, I whirled around to see the usual long line waiting at the counter. And there with her back turned to me was one of my parishioners. I sneaked up to her and bending my finger to form a knuckle, tapped her on the arm, mouthing a clicking sound as I did, thinking she would laugh when she saw that it was me, her pastor who was teasing her.

  • Community colleges address achievement gap

    Every February during Black History Month, we honor outstanding African-American inventors, activists and trailblazers who have made significant impacts on society. But not everyone who has made a difference will find their names in a textbook. There are thousands of unsung heroes in every Kentucky community who deserve recognition.

  • Assigning a value to information: Changing online business model

    The cost of something is not the same as what it's worth.

    • Good health is priceless but health care can be quite costly.
    • A warm February day filled with sunshine comes with no price tag but delivers loads of value.
    • No amount of cash can warm your heart like a grandchild's impromptu hug.

    So how much is information worth?

  • Instead of praying against, pray for a loving heart

    Although the Republicans have been going at it for several months, we are not yet into the heat of the presidential race, and already some Christians are praying for the early demise of President Obama.

    When I say, “demise,” I mean death.

    At least that’s the implication of the recent email sent by Mike O’Neal, the Republican speaker of the Kansas House of Representatives. That email followed a previous one in which O’Neal had referred to Michelle Obama as “Mrs. Yomama.”