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Columns

  • Love for casserole topped by love for husband

    I love my husband. And I love macaroni casserole.

    And the two are forever married in my memory thanks to a handful of words now written in my husband’s writing on a recipe card.

    It happened about three years ago. I was a general assignment reporter at The Kentucky Standard in Bardstown. It was Thanksgiving — or was it Christmas? — and I had committed to making macaroni casserole — one of my family’s signature dishes — for the company potluck dinner.

    But the dinner fell after an exceptionally long day at work.

  • Another viewpoint for new Post Office location

    In the interest of full disclosure, I think it important at the onset to reveal this writer’s role with regard to Bardstown’s new Post Office. As designated agent for the site at 510 W. Stephen Foster Ave., and as a commissioned Realtor, I submitted the initial proposal and have had on-going discussions with the U.S. Postal Service on behalf of the site’s owner, Trademark Property Holdings, LLC. Having a vested interest as such, I have avoided public comment on this matter, reasoning that any statements from me might possibly be viewed as subjective lobbying at best.

  • Ax the No Child Left Behind program

    One of the things the next president should do is ax the No Child Left Behind law. It is based on a false premise.

    Essentially it mandates that by a certain time, students should perform the same in academic skills. That is as stupid and unscientific as decreeing that every child must run the 100-yard dash in the same time.

  • Victims should be innocent until guilty

    Why do you suppose so many people were so quick to blame Sean Taylor for his own murder?

    Relax, that’s a rhetorical question. There’s no need for self-exculpatory huffing and puffing, no need to point out that the verdict of suicide-by-bad-attitude — pronounced so often this week, and so coldly — was usually couched in broad hints or softened by the nebulous fog of the conditional mood. Everyone knew what was really being said, and everyone knew why.

  • If you are lucky, learning will never truly end

    Hardly a day goes by that I don’t learn something new. A new idea or notion will create a new wrinkle in my brain almost on a daily basis.

    As a child, I knew I was learning lots — some days more than others — but I thought one day when I was an adult I would know all there was to know. My parents seemed to know everything when I was really young. If I asked them a question, they knew the answer.

  • Construction may mean big money for Louisville

    When you have a half-billion dollar general fund budget, reckon thinking in terms of billions is no big deal. Looking at all the high dollar dice being rolled in Louisville’s riverfront/downtown area one would never suspect the city is in a hiring freeze due to slowing national and metro Louisville economies.

  • First days met with great anticipation for area

    I once worked for a newspaper in a county where the distrust from the community was obvious. There were two competing community newspapers, and I think public officials feared that we would try to sensationalize the news in order to sell papers. Even though that never happened — at least not at the paper where I worked — the attitude was prevalent, and since reporters must work with the public in order to do their jobs effectively, the situation was often unpleasant.

  • Strikes, protests, moral integrity vs self-preservation

    Picket lines of the discontent seem common these days. But there’s a difference between those who keep the assembly line from running and those who take issue with the way things are run. A strike and a protest, are comprised of those who don’t agree. So what’s the difference?

  • Are we crazy? Feedback is requested for ideas

    One highlight of my job is the opportunity to teach children about our system of government. I teach mostly fourth-graders, but have also tried other levels. We begin with why people moved to America and end with examples of Representative Democracy at every level of governance. They learn that they have a voice in how government runs, and they should use it. We have a good time.

  • What America needs for some new people among us

    This December time of gift-preparing and gift-giving also includes a focus on persons who have to migrate to another country. Certainly our Christian and Jewish communities have this focus.

    One group of people “on the run” are workers in this country here without legal documents. This number has grown greatly in recent years, and what to do about it seems to have become a new deadly “third rail” in U.S. leadership selection this cycle.