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Columns

  • On Williams, education, licensing and the military
  • Reach out and help is there

    Where do I begin?

    Suicide seems a bit extreme, but it is a part of the conversation. About 40,000 people a year in our country take their own lives. Sadly, though, that is not the real problem. It is an extreme result for only a fraction of those suffering from mental illness.

    This was not the column I had written for this week, but with the death last week of Robin Williams, it is not necessarily the column I wanted to write as much as the column I needed to write.

  • FaCS OF LIFE: Salsa a good use for extra vegetables

    Dayna Parrett

    County Extension Agent for Consumer and Family Sciences

    Tomatoes are now in season, and soon you might have more on your hands than you know what to do with. A great way to use excess tomatoes, peppers, onions and other ingredients is by making salsa you can enjoy fresh now, or preserve for use throughout the year.

  • Our selective outrage

    The killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown has rightly provoked widespread outrage, drawing international media attention and prompting a comment from President Obama. The same should be true — but tragically is not — of the killing of 3-year-old Knijah Amore Bibb.

  • The Ferguson melodrama

    Even if the police in Ferguson, Missouri, are the brutal occupying force alleged by the protestors there, what do local shop owners have to do with it?

    In the wake of the police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in disputed circumstances last week, rioters burned down a convenience store and looted sporting goods and auto supply stores, among other businesses.

  • President Paul? It’s a real possibility

    David Adams was a political columnist for the weekly newspaper I edited in Jessamine County and the Republican county chairman, so it was a little awkward, a few years later, when he called me at The Winchester Sun to ask a favor — or, as he put it, offer me an opportunity to interview his candidate.

    At that time, he was managing the U.S. Senate campaign of a Bowling Green ophthalmologist and son of Ron Paul, the quixotic presidential candidate with a cult following among libertarians and conspiracy theorists.

  • You don’t know until you experience it

    The reports and images coming out of Ferguson, Mo., this week have captured the public’s attention and raised many issues, from the shocking militarization of many police departments today to the reality that there is still much friction between some agencies and the minority communities they police.

    One storyline coming out of the coverage was the arrest of two journalists who were working in a McDonald’s when police determined they were not leaving fast enough after being ordered to do so.

  • Death is not necessarily a great equalizer

    “Seize the day. Because, believe it or not, each and every one of us in this room is one day going to stop breathing, turn cold and die.”

    That quote, from “Dead Poets Society,” which you likely saw all over social media Monday evening after news broke of Robin Williams’ passing, suggests we should live life to the fullest and speaks of death in the sense that it is a great equalizer. In a way, it is. The risk of human existence is our frailty. Death can strike us in any moment and is not picky when it comes to status, income, race or age.

  • Sometimes, inaction is exactly what we want

    Chad McCoy

    Community Columnist

    dcm@mccoylawoffices.com

  • How to eat an elephant­—Weekend 2: Painting and touch-up

    PEGGY SMITH

    Association Executive

    Old Ky H ome Board of Realtors

    okhrealtors@bardstown.com