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Columns

  • Struggling with what you choose not to do

    Very often, the most difficult question is not what to put in the newspaper but what to leave out.
    Despite being pummeled by rumors and cries of outrage, the newsroom staff made what I consider a difficult yet appropriate decision in October. I couldn’t tell you about it then because it involved Natalie Gentry, an Elizabethtown resident and LaRue County High School teacher.
    She was charged with sexual abuse Thursday, almost three months after she was discharged by the school district.

  • Calendar of photos emphasizes daily value of the unit

    The New Year already has flown, leaving its newborn status lying flat in the nest.

    And I’m left with all these extra calendars — two from local businesses, two from churches which somehow think I will be interested in adding their agenda to my schedule and another complimentary calendar from a company wanting me to buy calendars to give people next year, assuming, I suppose, that I somehow believe others will be interested in my agenda next year.

    But I like the pictures on these calendars, anyway.

  • When alone time becomes uncomfortable

    The house never seems more empty than after the holidays.

    All the Christmas clutter is gone and decorations stowed again on basement shelves. But that doesn't account for the emotional emptiness.

    The kids and grandkids also are gone. Somehow, an after-holiday home seems a lot less homey.

    As a person who always has cherished "alone time," it's surprising to realize how quickly solitude can swell into sorrow. Why does being alone sound so inviting when a shade too much of it is so very lonely?

  • Do a friend a favor while stamping out cervical cancer

    If a vaccine existed to prevent breast cancer, women would be going in droves to their doctors’ offices to get it and they would encourage everyone they know to get vaccinated as well. That’s what women do for each other.

    Today, there is only one anti-cancer vaccine available to humans. This vaccine prevents more than 90 percent of a kind of cancer that has killed hundreds of Kentucky women in the last decade. A kind of cancer that kills 10 women each day in the United States. A kind of cancer that is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths worldwide.

  • When children need help, don't be a bystander

    Over the past few months, a great deal of media attention has been focused on Kentucky’s troubled child welfare system and, more specifically and disturbing, on child deaths at the hands of trusted caregivers and family members.

    As Kentucky lawmakers wrestle with the issue of how to craft laws to prevent child abuse and death, the rest of us shake our heads in collective disbelief and shame. We as a society allow our most vulnerable and precious citizens to suffer such outrageous and horrifying maltreatment despite our individual better judgment and good intentions.

  • A jar filled with memories and love

    One gift remained under the tree.

    I hadn’t noticed that the box had been pushed into a corner, intentionally set aside as the last to be opened. The significance was lost on me, even after Mom shoved it in my direction.

    Christmas always had been special in my parents’ home. They sacrificed to make it that way.

  • Another earth, another year: Why not another you?

    Scientists have discovered another earth. Well, sort of.

    Earlier this month, NASA’s Kepler space telescope team announced the discovery of Kepler-22b located in what is called a “habitable zone,” meaning an environment that’s not too hot or too cold for the possibility of life. And just last week, the team unveiled two other earth-sized planets, Kepler-20e and Kepler-20f, although they are not in the habitable zone.

  • Surviving Christmas in a blended family

    Christmas can be tough, especially for blended families. And apparently there are plenty of them. It’s been estimated that more than half of Americans live in some form of a blended family. Stepfamily therapist Steven Straub believes that the blended family will become, if it’s not already, the predominate family structure in the United States.

  • Military answered the call: How will we respond?

    As thoughts for this time of the year turn to counting our blessings, may I suggest that chief among them is the willingness of our fellow Americans to defend our freedom generation after generation.

    Since Pearl Harbor some 70 years ago, three generations of Americans have answered our nation’s call to duty in her defense. Today, we are in the 11th consecutive year of the Global War on Terror.

  • Hoping to share 'good tidings of great joy'

    The Christmas season is a time of joy. Great joy, in fact, if you read the King James Version of Luke’s account of the Messiah’s birth.

    If that’s so, why are so many people miserable?

    Crowded parking lots and shopping frenzies put many of us on edge. Then there’s the extra hussle and hassle to fit in work celebrations, family gatherings and extra decorating, extra cooking and extra cleaning necessary to stage the perfect holiday.

    Holidays can be a burden, leaving some folks feeling more pooped than pumped.