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Columns

  • Census will require downsizing of Jimmie Lee's House district

    By RYAN ALESSI

    When lawmakers redraw the state House district lines, they will likely have to extend some of the most urban districts in Louisville and Northern Kentucky to pick up precincts in the growing suburbs.

    Republican lawmakers who represent areas in the outskirts of Jefferson County and its ring counties — as well as in Northern Kentucky — now find themselves with many more people than what a House district should have, according to the new 2010 Census data that came out last week.

  • Census reflects decade of growth

    Numbers are critical to making viable comparisons.

    That’s why businesses produce profit statements and revenue variance reports. It’s why teachers record grades and why they keep score in the NCAA basketball games this week.

    The 2010 Census figures help us track ourselves.

  • Hatred and hyperbole not needed

    In reference to Jim Waters March 11 column in The News-Enterprise, I would just like to voice my disagreement.

    My wife and I are both retired from Ford Motor Co. and belonged to UAW Local 862. I can tell you that our union president is not the godfather nor are we his “minions.”

    Without union representation, Ford Motor Co. would have run over us rough-shod just as Henry Ford did prior to 1941.

  • Saying goodbye to a season of dribbles and development

    It’s time to take the whistle off the rearview mirror. Since October, it has been twirling there.
    The basketball season is over and so is my opportunity to coach one of the two sixth-grade boys’ basketball teams at East Hardin Middle School.
    Stepping up to the challenge of coaching sixth-grade athletes, I found a great group of kids with a lot of heart and overlooked talent. Surprisingly, I also found personal growth — as a coach and as a person.

  • Tsunami tragedy stirs questions about divine intervention

    "Frightening beyond belief. I have no words." -- Resident of Sendai, Japan, victim of the tsunami.

    Most of us who saw the telecasts of the tsunami’s destruction in Japan could understand that man’s reaction to the horror of the cataclysmic event. Your jaw drops. Your eyes widen. You have no words.

  • Rescued from a grain bin

    Cecilia farmer Pat Owsley came face to face with a farming danger Thursday. It brought him within seconds of a suffocating death in his own grain bin and he credits God for circumstances that led to an amazing rescue.

    He was checking corn in the top of a bin when suddenly he found himself being pulled down in the corn like quicksand.

  • You're holding a valuable teaching tool right now

    As editor, you would expect me to promote the value of newspapers. But consider this perspective from childhood.
    While a third grader at Vine Grove Elementary School, part of most Wednesdays involved exploring the previous Monday’s editions of The Courier-Journal and the Chicago Tribune. More than four decades later, I don’t remember many specific stories or headlines but I do remember some of the principles and lessons taught through the living textbook of a newspaper page.

  • Remembering abrupt end of one family's trip

    Barren blacktop stretched to the horizon. A dozen steps later, flashing lights of an emergency vehicle were the first signs of the tragic scene on Interstate 65.

    The injured had long since been dispatched by emergency helicopters. Highway crews that provided lighting for first responders sat uneasily idle. Firefighters milled about while gray-clad state troopers took measurements and jotted down notes. Plastic tarps stretched across the crossover barriers to shield southbound traffic from some of the gruesome sites.

  • Education inspires success

    By Michael McCall, KCTCS

  • Reaching back 99 years for a middle name

    The reason pregnancy lasts nine months is to give the parents time to settle on a name.
    I know there are biological and developmental reasons for the timetable. But the social pressure and uncertainty of selecting a name for your offspring is considerable.
    Our daughter Jessica presented her parents with grandchild No. 4 last week. Along the way to delivery, she and her husband analyzed, considered and debated a few dozen names. Because of modern technology, the child’s gender was known well in advance.