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Columns

  • Should people of all backgrounds get involved

    With sincerity, someone recently asked me the above question.

    Why indeed would a person of faith feel inclined or called to follow the work of Kentucky’s General Assembly or contact any of our Kentucky representatives and senators or our governor?

    A fundamental point in my reflections was we are blessed to be living in a democracy “of the people, by the people and for the people,” and at this time in human history in Kentucky, those “people” are us.

  • Writers' strike is good, TV viewing is bad

    To you, my brothers and sisters in the Writers Guild of America, just a few thoughts on why I completely understand and support you in the strike that began Nov. 5, 2007.

    The matter at hand deals with numerous intangibles. There is the renegotiation of contracts that occurs every three years, the ever-expanding popularity of Internet programming and the mountains of loot being made from the sale of DVD-repackaged TV shows, movies and the like.

  • Bill Clinton over the top in defending wife

    Six months ago, Bill Clinton seemed to be settling comfortably into roles befitting a silver-maned former president: statesman, philanthropist, philosopher-king. Now he has put all that high-mindedness on hold — maybe it was never such a great fit, after all — to co-star in his wife Hillary’s campaign as a coldblooded political hit man.

  • Let's act locally to help improve Earth's health

    We are all truly interconnected. Out of that interconnection has come the adage, “Think globally, but act locally.” Acting locally can and does affect our bigger reality — whether we think about that often or not.

    Jan. 14 was a special moment in this interconnection. The Washington Post carried a major article by Marc Kaufman, “Escalating Ice Loss Found in Antarctica.”

    He reports on the newest information about changes in our Earth home, specifically in Antarctica.

  • We just need a little more cowbell for the Lord

    Between sets of praise songs, the dulcet tones of Skynyrd and AC/DC ring through the air as bandmates attempt to live out garage band fantasies from our forgotten youth.

    That’s how I would describe “His,” a 10-member youth praise band I sing with twice a week. Like many bands, the name still is in dispute.

  • Sometimes having a gun is your only hope

    The young lady recently murdered while hiking the southern tip of the Appalachian Trail might be alive today if she had tucked a pistol into her backpack or fanny pack. Yes, I know it’s against the law to carry a pistol on the trail, but which would you prefer — breaking a bureaucratic rule or getting your brains knocked out and then being decapitated?

  • Border wall goes against what U.S. stands for

    Illegal immigration has been an issue at least as long as I have been the slightest bit politically minded and, in reality, much, much longer.

    As most issues are, this one is very complex and for many people emotionally charged. I feel sympathetic to those seeking to immigrate to the U.S. That being said, I realize that there are many groups into which those immigrants fit: those who have the means and education to enter into this country legally, those who are refugees and are granted asylum and those who enter illegally.

  • Beauty and awareness made vacation a success

    I can’t decide which was my favorite part of my recent vacation to Europe. It’s either Lorenzo, whom I looked at a lot but rarely talked with as he worked at the front desk of my hotel in Rome, or spaghetti alla carbonara. You wouldn’t think spaghetti cooked with eggs and bacon would be good, but it’s delicious.

  • Troop return was an honor to witness

    Being assigned to work on a national holiday isn’t such a bad thing. This company allows for extra financial compensation, and generally, the story handed out is interesting.

    So when I learned Monday would be the return of the troops from Bardstown-based C Battery, 2nd 138th Army National Guard Unit, I wasn’t a bit upset to work on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. I told my wife, Donna, about the assignment, and since she was off work, asked her to come along with me to the ceremony.

  • Life's trials put certain things in perspective

    Why do bad things happen to good people?

    I always have felt the events we face in life always seem to be a reality gut check.

    While I’m as far as you can get from any sort of philosopher, I’ve always believed that you truly don’t know how good life can be until you face some of the trappings that people deal with at one time or another.

    Like seeing people you care for face serious health issues.