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Columns

  • Questions abound when suffering takes place

    “Why me?”

    This question is a cry from deep within the suffering human heart most of the time. (Sometimes a grateful heart speaks thus, too.)

    Persons and families, friends and acquaintances who suddenly come upon tragedy struggle with this question. Especially wrenching developments include grave illness or death of precious children and other loved ones, suicides, drastically changed relationships and situations.

  • Lessons for the presidential front-runner

    One assumes that Hillary Clinton and her inner circle are rethinking their new strategy of singling out Barack Obama and attacking him on issues of experience, ambition and character. Of course, the first thing a rookie reporter learns is that one should never assume anything; if people were predictable, there would be no news. So maybe the self-inflicted bloodletting will continue.

  • Looking into our past is a way to find our future

    Genealogy research is one of those things that everyone would like to do, but few people ever tackle. In today’s hectic world, people don’t think they have the time to delve into their family’s past, and those who do have time are often intimidated by the sheer volume and minutiae of the records they’ll encounter.

  • Celebrating varied holiday traditions with others

    Growing up, my family celebrated Christmas. I remember setting up the nativity scene at my grandfather’s house and lighting advent candles each Sunday in December. The nativity characters we had at my house were made of clay, glazed and painted with a central-American look. The tiny figures were painted in tones of blue and black. The group would sit patiently on the kitchen table all month in anticipation of their star — baby Jesus.

  • 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.