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Columns

  • Opinion: Freedom comes with sacrifice

    The Fourth of July gives us all a chance to reflect on our country and to take pride in our nation’s enduring principles. It is the day on which the Declaration of Independence was ratified by exemplary visionaries who dared to create a new form of government and new laws for a new people. For the first time, it was decided that every person is born with certain God-given rights and that government should have no powers of its own other than those granted to it by the people. 

  • Opinion: Saying goodbye to a friend

    By Nelda Moore

    Twenty-three months ago I wrote about the death of Hannah Rose, my Airedale of 14 years. I did not expect her “brother” to live only 12 years and follow her in less than two, but on June 23, I lost Andrew Spenser, my heart dog, to a fast-acting form of liver cancer. Time from diagnosis to death was 12 weeks, but the prognosis I had been given wasn’t even that long. His indomitable spirit just would not give up easily.

  • Old Kentucky Home Board of Realtors cookout had great turnout

    On June 15, the Old Kentucky Home Board of Realtors had a wonderful cookout at the Bardstown Farmer’s Market. We wanted to show our appreciation to all of our affiliate members who sponsor education, luncheons and community service projects that the Board of Realtors undertakes. Over the years, the Realtors and appraisers of this board have provided our communities with great professionalism and service, but not without equal professionalism from our partners in real estate.

  • Opinion: Good morning, Mr. Sunshine

    She opened the door and tiptoed outside.

    “What are you doing?” I whispered from bed. “You’re going to wake the kids,” I said, referring to our then 13-year-old daughter and 11-year-old son.

    “I want to see the sunrise on the beach. I may never get to see it again.”

  • Opinion: We’re all hypocrites

    Merriam-Webster defines a hypocrite as a person who puts on a false appearance of virtue or religion, a person who acts in contradiction to his or her stated beliefs or feelings. 

    The word is used frequently to describe Christians who don’t act so Christlike. However, based on the second definition, we are all hypocrites. 

  • Opinion: Sit-in is small step toward new gun laws

    The extremely rare sit-in by Democrats in the House chamber may have been, as Speaker Paul D. Ryan claimed, a “publicity stunt.” But it was a righteous one that may improve the prospects of meaningful gun control.

    It won’t happen immediately. Even after 49 innocent victims died in the Orlando massacre — the worst such shooting in modern U.S. history — Republicans remain adamantly opposed to any new legislation that might keep powerful weapons out of the hands of the next would-be mass murderer.

  • Opinion: The irrelevant crusade

    Almost as soon as the massacre at the Orlando nightclub Pulse ended, Democrats took up their push to forbid people on the terrorism watch list from purchasing guns.

  • Opinion: Worker activism expands overtime pay

    By Richard Trumka, President, AFL-CIO

    When your paycheck goes up, it feels pretty good, and the American economy works better, too.

    In just the past few weeks, the U.S. Department of Labor restored overtime protections that had been whittled away for 40 years, giving a long overdue raise to more than 4 million working men and women.

  • Opinion: When what you know for sure isn’t so

    “The Big Short,” a film about the subprime mortgage crisis of 2008, claims to be a true story, but I was skeptical from the start because it opens with a quote by Mark Twain that I knew to be by Will Rogers:

    “It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble,” the sage said, “it’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.”

    What I knew for sure wasn’t so.

    I’m a reporter, so if my mother told me she loved me, I’d corroborate it with other sources.

  • Opinion: On the NGL pipeline conversion

    As many of you know, there has been a highly debated proposal to convert a natural gas pipeline that runs through Marion County and five of Kentucky’s six congressional districts into a natural gas liquids (NGL) pipeline. An article from last week’s Danville Advocate reported that several community members who oppose this pipeline conversion were writing letters to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) demanding a full environmental impact study of the Utica Marcellus Texas Pipeline Project.