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Columns

  • Some scams appear at your front door

    In the summer months, scammers take advantage of the good weather to stalk neighborhoods. Going door-to-door with different scams to steal personal information and money.

    Some sales people may be trustworthy, working for legitimate companies or are “one-man-bands” selling their services for honest summer maintenance work. But there also are scammers out there “posing” as honest sales people.

  • Sorting out what’s important on the porch out back

    At my house, there’s a back porch.

    Actually, you probably would call it a covered patio. Because I like to think of myself as a Southerner, it’s a porch to me.

  • CASA issues appeal for folks who care about kids

    By Sylvia Griendling

    Court Appointed Special Advocates for children, CASA of the Heartland, recruits, trains and supports community volunteers who advocate for abused and neglected children in Hardin County Family Court.

    The pre-service training is extensive and all encompassing — 30 hours of classroom and 10 hours of court observation. The next training class is scheduled for 6 to 9 p.m. weekdays July 14-25.

  • Encountering nice people along the road

    Granddad Whitlock, whom we affectionately called Pappy, liked to say the people in Texas were among the friendliest folks on earth. Pappy was born in Texas, in the tiny town of Osage. Although he spent most of his adult years in Oklahoma, he always was proud to be a native Texan.

  • What our country needs from the news media

    These days, the scandal involving long wait times at VA hospitals can feel like some made-in-Washington spectacle generated by politicians looking for headlines. But it isn’t.

  • BBB: Don't put your faith in a bogus job offer

    Looking for a summer job? You could be the target of scammers handing out fake job offers.

    These bogus sites originate on some popular website, job posting sites and even direct messages via email and phone calls. Accepting these offers or contacting the phony employers can lead to stolen personal information or money.

    Fake job offers can be easy to spot when you know what to look for.

    For starters, be wary of deals that seem “too-good-to-be-true.” This includes offers that require no experience or education but pay outrageously well.

  • Father’s Day gadgets not always up to snuff

    Father’s Day is right around the corner. As we look to celebrate this special day with the men we love, it’s important to know how to spend money wisely on the perfect gift for Dad.

    The Better Business Bu­reau suggests you always make sure to get information on refund, exchange and warranties in writing. Don’t hesitate to ask if there is a return time limit, and get a gift receipt to enclose with your gift in case Dad needs to take it back.

    Here are some other tips from BBB on Father’s Day gift shopping:

  • New roads provide new perspective about our travel

    In the 12 years since my mother’s death, I’ve probably driven by the old home place less than a dozen times.

    For a while, it seemed necessary to avoid that stretch of Ky. 1500 between Vine Grove and Fort Knox. But time eases the pain and warm memories eventually won out over grief and loneliness.

    On Memorial Day, a trip along the route felt appropriate. It also would provide a look at the new access road leading to Bullion Boulevard at Fort Knox.

    So turning off Joe Prather Highway, I headed to see what had changed.

  • When the glass under your feet crackles

    He described it as “one of the craziest feeling(s) of my life.” It happened last week as Alejandro Garibay was standing on one of the glass boxes that extend out about four feet from the observation floor in the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) 103 stories above Chicago.

    Garibay was posing for pictures with his brother and two of his cousins when the protective coating on the floor shattered, and the deck appeared to be cracking.

    The spectacular view of the Windy City suddenly seemed life threatening.

  • Some folks got mad about what we didn't do

    Sometimes it’s valuable to take down the wall and give our readers a peak at the thought process that goes into your daily newspaper.

    Maybe you’ll still disagree, but at least it will be an informed opinion.

    Every election season is accompanied by a certain amount of stress at the newspaper. With the energy and urgency invested by candidates and their supporters, it’s no surprise that some will lose perspective.

    Occasionally, I think, there’s just a need to blame someone other than themselves.