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Columns

  • 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.”

  • Doctors, not bureaucrats, should decide appropriate care

    As a member of the House Energy and Commerce Health subcommittee, I have voted to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and participated in dozens of hearings that revealed astronomical costs, billion-dollar slush funds and countless other negative consequences of the health care law.

  • Making in-home care decisions

    Basically, we all travel down the same road of life. As we transition from children to adults, we make many key decisions regarding careers, families and well being. We decide where to settle and live out our years and, hopefully, will be able to decide who will help us as we grow older.

    Caring for yourself or an older family member as the aging process happens is not a new concept. Families have been doing this for generations; in fact, it was an expectation of family.

  • In presidential politics, Kentucky is largely invisible

    Politics can be interesting and fun.

    And with that opening statement, many readers quickly turn the page.

    I know it’s not a widely held belief but some of us enjoy the process. The art of getting elected involves convincing others that your motives are pure, your ideas are sound and you’re capable of delivering. It’s a form of real-life theater and the results have impact on the future.

    Having started my career covering ballgames, I think the process of reporting about politics is much the same.

  • Bridal guidelines for a smooth show

    SHOW INFO
    A 40-page special section previewing the annual Bridal Showcase will be inside Friday's edition of The News-Enterprise. The free event is scheduled from noon to 4:30 p.m. Sunday at Pritchard Community Center in Elizabethtown.

    The wedding planning season is in full swing - and bridal expos are headed to the Louisville area in the coming weeks! Your Better Business Bureau has helpful tips for future brides and bridesmaids attending a show.

  • Surprised by a daughter's prayer

    “Why don’t you go with me?”

    I asked my daughter to accompany me to the Abby of Gethsemani. She was home with us for a few days during the Christmas holidays, visiting from New York City. Mary had been to Gethsemani with me before.

    “Sure, I’d love to,” was her ready response.

  • Redistricting means less than experience

    Political shenanigans take place once a decade as legislators in power attempt to gain an advantage by redrawing district boundaries in ways considered beneficial to the interests of their allies.

    Recent decisions in Frankfort that turn the map of Hardin County into a jigsaw puzzle are nothing new. Complaints about having the county's influence diluted, seeing precincts sliced into three pieces or Radcliff split into four districts are not new.