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Columns

  • A few kind words for people who befriend pets

    Mahatma Ghandi said, “The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”

  • Urging women to demonstrate hope through GRACE Conference

    There is an amazing opportunity coming April 21 for this community to support SpringHaven, our domestic violence shelter and program. A women’s conference at Grace Heartland Church in Elizabethtown will feature a few nationally known speakers and some that were locally grown. There will be great info, food and fellowship and every ticket purchased will be a donation for SpringHaven. 

    I just don’t want this to be an announcement for an event. I want to help you understand why it is so important to support this cause.

  • Drive-by memories of a former home and a full life

    The yellow street sign warned: “Stop ahead,” so I tapped my brakes, bringing my car to a complete stop at the intersection. I glanced to the left before releasing stepping on the accelerator.

    Then it hit me.

    No, it wasn’t another vehicle. It was a series of scenes from the past, swirling around my car, streaming by me one by one and all at once, hurling me back in a time warp before swooshing past my car like a comet, leaving me craning my neck to grasp another glimpse as I idled by.

  • How did $3.71 go from a burden to a bargain?

    Detouring onto U.S. 31W on a trip home Friday from Bowling Green, I spotted regular gasoline on sale at $3.71 per gallon.

    What a bargain.

    It was important to confirm that the pump price matched the highway sign. Then quickly filling the tank, it seemed certain that the station’s staff would learn any second that prices all along the Interstate 65 corridor were typically at least 15 cents higher per gallon.

    It felt like a remarkable discovery. Then reality set in: When did $3.71 per gallon become something to celebrate?

  • BBB commends savvy consumers

    The Better Business Burea is commending savvy consumers.

    Consumers asked BBBs across the country and in Canada for help more than 103 million times in 2011, up from 87 million in 2010 and the highest rate in the organization’s 100-year history.

    Conversely, filings of formal complaints against businesses were down across the U.S. and Canada; 927,000 in 2011 compared to just more than 1 million in 2010.

  • Cheer for underdogs in someone else's upset

    “The thing I like about the NCAA college basketball tournament is that any team can win it all.”

    I was explaining to my wife why I was standing in front of the TV, eyes glued to the NCAA Tournament and not sitting in my usual place with her watching the evening news.

    Although I have a few favorite teams, the truth is my main attraction to March Madness is in anticipating the little guys, the Lehighs, the Virginia Commonwealths, and the Norfolk States taking down the big boys, the Dukes, the Michigans,and the Missouris.

  • One Knox has an ongoing mission

    As I’m sure most everyone in our region knows, economically, we have been very fortunate the past six years to be the benefactors of tremendous growth at Fort Knox as a result of the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure initiative. Thousands of new soldiers, civilians and support jobs have been created and the resulting positive economic impact has been a great shared experience - and has been a bright spot for Kentucky’s economy.

  • Clem Haskins blazed his own trail with basketball

    At 68, Clem Haskins can look back on a successful life.

    Back in his native Taylor County, Haskins lives the life of a gentleman farmer raising Angus cattle. He was born into farming, but it was quite a different life. The fifth of 11 children whose father worked as a sharecropper, Haskins grew up in a world where poverty was common and discrimination was the norm.

  • Cat on the loose sends him onto the couch

    My wife was doubled over, laughing hysterically at me. And I wasn’t the least bit amused.

    A recent storm had unhinged the door to the crawl space beneath our house. For a few days, our two Schnauzers, Max and Baylor, had been nervously smelling the floor vents. I finally put my ear to one of them and heard it: A faint but unmistakable meow.

    A cat was under our house.

    My apologies to cat lovers: I am not one of you. Cats and I have an understanding: I don’t bother them and they don’t bother me.

  • Championship depends solely on victories

    Basketball can dominate any Kentucky conversation at any time of year. But in March, there’s really nothing else.

    Kentucky’s girls’ state champion was crowned Saturday night and John Hardin students will be living the fantasy this week as the Bulldogs participate in the boys’ Sweet 16 at Rupp Arena. But much of the attention surrounds the NCAA pairings being set tonight.

    The 68-team “Big Dance” determines the best in men’s college basketball and certainly fuels most every casual conversation for about three weeks.