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Columns

  • Offer this 6-year-old's prayer

    It’s too bad we don’t know the person’s name who said it, for there is much truth in the statement: “What man does not understand, he fears; and what he fears, he tends to destroy.”

    Michael Dunn claimed fear was the reason he shot to death the young black man, Jordan Davis, at a Jacksonville, Fla., gas station in an argument over loud music.

    Did Davis point a gun at Dunn as he alleged? No gun was ever found.

  • Heavier trucks increase hazard on highways

    The Kentucky Senate passed a bill Feb. 4 that would allow heavier semi-trailer trucks hauling poultry, livestock and agricultural products to travel on all state and local roads, raising the maximum weight from 80,000 pounds to 88,000 pounds. The bill now heads to the Kentucky House, where supporters are making an all-out effort to pass the legislation.

  • Abusing Kosair’s name

    The Better Business Bureau warns local residents to beware of scammers who are using Kosair Charities’ good name.

    A local resident received a call from someone claiming to be with the Firefighter’s Union, who said he was selling decals and seals for the Kosair Charities burn unit.

    There are several things wrong with this phone call:

  • What’s missing in health care is dose of competition

    When Super Bowl ads featuring hybrid dogs and half-naked celebrities hype the affordability of $49 X-rays and the convenience of 24/7 angioplasty clinics, we'll know we’re on the way to conquering spiraling health care costs.

    We live in a free-market nation. Competition forces companies to extol their advantages with frequency and volume.

    Five-dollar Footlong, anyone? Two-for-one pizza? Or a car that’s way better (cheaper, more reliable, better mileage) than that seemingly similar other make of car?

  • It's hard to fathom the county that greeted HMH

    The fact that the local hospital’s anniversary coincides with Valentine’s Day seems quite appropriate to those of us born inside its walls over the past six decades.

    Most of us came to be because of an expression of our parents’ affection and love.

    I was born there. My wife was born there. Both our daughters too. That alone makes Hardin Memorial a rich part of our family heritage.

    But what was it like when Hardin Memorial was born?

  • This Valentine's Day, don't settle for illusion

    I did magic in college. I love magic...its fun, entertaining, exciting.

    But, as you know, the card doesn't really disappear, the woman isn't cut in half, the building doesn't vanish.

    It's all illusion. It's not real.

    So, how odd is it, with Valentine's Day upon us, that we look for "magic" in love?

  • USDA cattle inventory

    Here’s some interesting information provided by Dr. Kenny Burdine, University of Kentucky Extension livestock agriculture economist, on the USDA’s Jan. 1 cattle inventory report released last week.

    Beef cattle numbers decreased again, estimated down just less than 1 percent. A lot of attention likely will be given to a 2 percent increase in beef heifer retention. Here at home, Kentucky beef cow numbers were estimated to be down around 2 percent, while beef heifer retention in Kentucky was estimated to be down 3.3 percent.

  • Balancing liberty with security is modern challenge

    Every few days, we learn yet one more way in which government’s expanded surveillance powers intrude upon our privacy and civil liberties.

  • Encourage legislators to act on behalf of abused kids

    If Kentucky’s lawmakers don’t act soon, children in our community and across the Commonwealth will lose out on $9.2 million in matching federal dollars to care for victims of child abuse and neglect. We simply cannot afford to let that happen. The need is too great.

    Kentucky’s lawmakers must take action now to make the more than 7,000 neglected, abused and battered children across our state a priority. Children who have been placed in the state’s custody because of parental abuse and neglect need our support now.

  • Valentine’s conundrum: She says no gifts this year

    Let’s not get anything for each other this Valentine’s,” Lori announced to me. “We don’t have time to look, and besides, we need to save the money.”

    But how do I know she means it?

    A man can never be completely sure. Sometimes his Valentine’s underlying message is: “I really want to be wowed but want you to figure that out without me having to tell you because if I tell you it won’t be the surprise I’m totally expecting you to surprise me with.”