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Columns

  • Giving thanks for holiday diligence

    The website TodayIFoundOut .com contains hidden facts about Thanksgiving that should make us appreciative for blessings beyond our table’s bountiful spread.

    Take, for example, the pioneering Sarah Josepha Buell Hale. Chances are you’d be pulling an 8-to-5 and there would be nothing at all special about November’s fourth Thursday if it had not been for Hale, who lobbied five different presidents for 20 years to make Thanksgiving a national holiday.

  • Avoid the holiday financial hangover

    The BBB is urging consumers to create a holiday budget this season. Mapping out your spending in November will help ease the strain of a financial holiday hangover in January.

    Creating a budget, and being disciplined enough to follow it, is one of the best ways to avoid overspending during the holidays.

    Here are the steps to creating a holiday budget:

    Step 1: Consider your income.

  • No escaping the realities of global warming

    I sat down to the evening news. That’s not always the best thing to do if you want to unwind for the day, which was my intent.

    I had been to a conference sponsored by the Sustainable Religious Lands Committee of the Festival of Faiths. In partnership with the Center for Interfaith Relations and Bellarmine University’s Campus Ministry, I heard speakers address issues intended to raise our awareness of alarmingly high environmental and human risks resulting from the much-acclaimed national “energy independence” boom.

  • Speaking on Dad’s behalf

    Ten years ago, on Nov. 18, 2003, Al Isham of Elizabethtown died. Many readers of The News-Enterprise remember Al as the one who wrote copious letters to the editor and kept the gun control debate alive with his thoughtful musings and informed arguments. Others may remember him as a liberal upstart trying to limit gun owners’ rights.

  • A couple points about local politics

    The 2014 election season promises to be a contentious one locally.

    As a young reporter three decades ago, a similar election season taught a couple lessons that consistently have proven to be true.

    1. If there’s something ugly to be said about someone, it will come out if they file for office.

    No matter how tiny the perceived offense, it has the potential to be part of campaign talk.

  • When your child’s name is on a tombstone

    By Tammy Nischan

    Leaning against the doorframe of the school workroom, she shared her struggle.

    She had snapped at her daughter all morning, because she was stressed.

    “I can’t keep living like this,” she sighed.

    As I looked into her aching eyes, I saw myself. I saw a woman trying to balance a career with motherhood. I saw a woman who longs to be the best she can be at work while longing to be the best she can be at home.

  • Riding to the Capitol with a bus full of nuns

    I first planted a garden because of something an Italian monk wrote some 1,500 years ago.

    His name is Benedict — St. Benedict of Nursia. And the document he penned became known as his rule or guide for monastic life.

    As author Jon Sweeney has noted, the Rule of St. Benedict became not only the basic guide for generations of monks in various religious orders, but it established a “way of life rooted in the Gospel and grounded in the scriptural principles of charity, stability and faithfulness.”

  • Better Business Bureau: Beware of utility scam

    Better Business Bureau is warning homeowners and business owners of a bill payment scam targeting utility customers.

    The caller claims to be a utility company employee (Louisville Gas & Electric, Kentucky Utilities, or Duke Energy), telling the customer their bill is overdue and asks for immediate bill payment by Green Dot MoneyPak Card. If the customer does not cooperate, the caller threatens to disconnect the person’s electric or natural gas service.

  • Tax reform: Time to fish or cut bait

     As Congress moves forward on budget negotiations, the word out of Washington is to expect nothing major: no grand bargain, just more stopgap, short-term fixes.

    Yet there’s one ray of hope. The House and Senate chairs of the tax-writing committees — one a Republican, the other a Democrat — are preparing a comprehensive tax reform plan. They see the budget negotiations as their opportunity to enact much-needed changes to our bloated, off-kilter tax laws.

  • Thanks to readers who influenced decisions on new comics

    Based on the very nature of our product, it changes every day. The news is different, advertising messages change, classifieds come and go as help wanted positions are filled, yard sales are conducted, vehicles sold and apartments rented.

    Formatted features might appear in the same place every day but the data changes whether its a weather forecast on Page A2, the obituaries on Page A4 or the Opinion page here on Page A6.

    But the comics are the comics.