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Columns

  • Change in editorial policy leaves room for thought

    We are trying something new in 2008. Bear with us as we work out some bugs, but we think in the long run it will be a good change and one that will bring positive feedback to the newspaper.

    Some might not even notice it, but we know there are some that will fight it. That’s why we thought it best to bring it to the attention of you, the public.

    The change I’m referring to is a small one to our letters to the editor policy.

  • Juicing my way to a new me in the New Year

    As this piece is being written, I am sipping a cup of green tea and into the third and final day of my first three-day juice fast. It is part of a lifestyle change for ’08. In a larger frame, it is one of a trio of New Year’s resolutions that I am happy to report are all still on track.

    Juicing is part of a move to a 70-30 fresh and raw plan — fresh fruits and veggies; raw as in the majority is eaten uncooked. If cooked, steamed is preferred to boiled. Grilled is fine, as is stir-fried. Traditional frying is taboo.

  • Hard choice in picking candidates is now

    If it’s any consolation, this is the hard part. When it comes time for the general election campaign, voters will be faced with a clear choice on the major issues. The primaries, meanwhile, are forcing us to figure out not just who the candidates are but who we are as well.

  • History proves you can't judge a book by its cover

    As France is adjusting to its newly elected president, Nicolas Sarkozy, his name has been in the headlines regarding his personal affairs nearly as frequently as his political affairs.

    The up-and-coming president showed off his flawless family at his inauguration, including his former wife’s two daughters from a previous marriage, his two sons from a previous marriage and the couple’s 10-year-old son. The four older children, tall with long, blond hair, were between 20-23 and seemingly perfect at the time of his initiation as president last May.

  • Glad to be back in the U.S. where the water is free

    I’ve been back in the United States for less than 24 hours and I’m suffering from some wicked jetlag. I spent the last two weeks in the Central European time zone, and my body still thinks it’s there.

    When I’m this tired, I tend to focus on the negative, so I’m writing about some of the things that annoyed me during my time abroad. When I have readjusted to Eastern Standard Time, I’ll write a column on the things I loved about France and Italy, because there were many.

  • Changing lives and how you can help

    One of my legislative jobs is to serve on the House Health and Welfare Committee. We deal with a wide range of issues, and it’s the toughest committee there. The main reason for this is that every public health advocacy group in Kentucky makes its way to Frankfort to testify for us. They are there to talk with us about the need, and there are many needs in this commonwealth.

  • Mill has interesting history at the Village

    Most Bardstonians and Nelson Countians are familiar with the Old Bardstown Village; most everyone has at least driven by the location once or twice. Personally, I have always been somewhat curious about the wonderful old buildings at the village. In order to satisfy my curiosity and maybe yours, I checked with someone who knows all of the ins and outs of the Old Bardstown Village. That person is Dr. Harry Spalding, who had a vision to create this wonderful piece of history. The village sports several buildings and all have much history.

  • Current Senate probe of 'saints' is warranted

    I believe in the separation of church and state. I honor the faiths of those who aren’t the same as mine. There are just some people, although they claim to do things in God’s name, who are nothing more than a cheap sideshow act.

    Recently the U.S. Senate launched a probe into the practices of some popular TV evangelists. Normally I am not embracing of such actions, but when reading more into the reasons why, it’s a good move in my mind.

  • Can we keep the Christmas Spirit alive longer?

    It has been more than a half month since Christmas 2007 — already. I find that breathtaking to realize.

    It has been said many times during my lifetime that we should strive to keep the spirit of Christmas alive all year. May I invite all of us to join in this noble effort — whether we were celebrating feasts in other faith traditions, family, generosity, winter, light — all those observances included in our frequent wish of “Happy Holidays”!

  • We should be careful with limited resources

    The Earth is finite. All of the natural resources on it are also finite. That means if we keep using these resources at the current rates, we will eventually move from more to less to none. That will be an evil day for the human race.