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Columns

  • 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.

  • Greater commitment to mental health assistance needed

    In testimony Wednesday before a joint hearing of the Senate and House Veterans Affairs Committees, Richard L. DeNoyer, national commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars, urged Congress not to balance the budget on the backs of disabled veterans or on the men and women who continue to serve in uniform. Here, excerpted from his testimony, is what DeNoyer said about suicide prevention for veterans:

  • Are you all there when you are there?

    “One thing about him, when he was there, he was all there.”

    I was listening to Dr. Gibson Winter, then professor for Christianity and Society at Princeton Theological Seminary. Winter had this wonderful way of sharing an aside — an “oh by the way” story — which would invariably have a meaning all to itself, staying in my mind long after the words of the lecture had been snuffed out by the stuffy air of Stuart Hall.

  • Dispelling myths about Alzheimer's disease

    The advancement of technology is amazing. Information about any given subject is just a few keystrokes away; Google has become part of everyday language. Type in a particular topic and information about the subject instantly appears. If computers and Internet aren’t your forte, television also informs. News channels air a variety of programs 24 hours a day, covering topics from entertainment to current events to health information.

  • Yes means yes on casino amendment

    For more than a decade, there has been extensive discussion regarding the expansion of gambling in Kentucky. The last five years has seen intense debate and several plans put forward regarding the issue. This year’s session of Kentucky’s General Assembly brings us yet another plan, Senate Bill 151 – “an act proposing a new section of the Constitution of Kentucky relating to casino gaming.”

    The persistent discussion of this topic has resulted in many state senators and representatives taking the position of “let the people decide.”

  • 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.