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Columns

  • COLUMN: Summer safety is still worth discussing

    Last year, I published a column about summer safety, and I wanted to bring it up again this year. Although many children are back in school, the summer heat and fun will continue and with it, the chance for injuries and sicknesses that can easily be prevented. Take a moment to review these tips to ensure your family’s safety.

  • Opinion: The trick is to keep on going

    By Doug Whitlock

    “Do you know the code to get out?” she asked me.

    “Indeed, I do,” I told her.

    “Good, I’ll walk out with you.”

    Like me, she had been visiting someone in the long-term care facility.

    “Do you have a friend or relative here?” I asked as we stepped down the stairs.

  • Opinion: The pattern that connects

    Headlines proclaim, “Chaos in the White House.” On and on we lurch from headline to headline; from White House tweet storm to tweet storm; from repealing the Affordable Care Act, to failing to repeal it, to sabotaging it so it will “implode;” from criticizing the wars in the Middle East as failures, to sending more troops to Iraq and Afghanistan.

  • Be prepared

    PEGGY SMITH
    Association Executive
    Old Ky Home  Board of Realtors
    okhrealtors@bardstown.com

    I’m always trying to fill everyone in on what an opportune time this is to buy a home. Sometimes you just can’t make the leap because the timing is not right in your life. Maybe you just started your new job and need to get some time behind you, or maybe you think you might be moving to another town soon. Short of location indecision or joblessness, everyone should own a home or be making plans to own one.

  • Opinion: Veteran care should be paramount for politicians

    The Department of Veterans Affairs administers benefits for many military veterans in Nelson County and in the city of Bardstown. Those benefits include health care that is provided in varying degrees — and at varying cost to the veteran — and are based on severity of the illness or injury and a person’s ability to pay for the care.

    If a veteran has an illness or injury that is “service connected,” the health care is at no cost to the veteran.

  • Opinion: Now is the time for local innovation

    By Michael Quigley

    “We the people” are by nature optimists. After all, we live in the one country in the world that over many years has built a society of free people where it is possible for anyone with education, diligence and hard work to achieve personal goals in life. Today the outlook for continued progress is in question. The prevailing modern belief is that the surest path to peace and security is universal prosperity, although there is little evidence to show that wealthy people are more peaceful than anyone else.

  • OPINION: We will survive this

    So. We have a vulgar, unstable yoyo with a toxic ego and an attention deficit problem in the White House and now we can see that government by Twitter is like trying to steer a ship by firing a pistol at the waves, not really useful, but what does it all add up to? Not that much, if you ask me, which you didn’t, but I’ll say it anyway.

    We will survive this. He will do what damage he can, like a man burning books out of anger that he can’t read, but there will still be plenty of books left.

  • OPINION: Once again, the guardrails hold

    A future trivia question and historical footnote, the spectacular 10-day flameout of Anthony Scaramucci qualifies as the most entertaining episode yet of the ongoing reality show that is the Trump presidency. (Working title: “The Pompadours of 1600 Pennsylvania.”) But even as the cocksure sycophant’s gobsmacking spectacle stole the show, something of real importance took place a bit lower on the radar.

  • OPINION: A sobering look beyond the election

    Do ordinary citizens still have a voice in Washington and in their state capitals? Despite the cynicism of these times, my answer is, yes, we do ... But we have to exercise it.

  • OPINION: A dog of a deal

    As a parent, you try to teach your children that they have to work for what they want.

    That was the lesson my wife and I had in mind when we made a deal with our youngest son, Quinn.

    Quinn has had a soft spot for animals since he was a toddler. He has always been fascinated by our friends’ dogs, my parents’ dog, just about any dog he comes across.

    “You need to get that boy a dog,” my dad told me several years ago. “Little boys need a dog.”