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Columns

  • OPINION:How have we changed since 9-11?

    I was somewhere around Oak Ridge, on the edge of the mountains, when the fear began to take hold.

    I remember saying something like, “It has to be an accident, the DJ is overreacting.”

  • OPINION: Three simple sentences to base a life on

    It occurred to me today, as I was doing my morning meditative walk, how three simple sentences had changed my life profoundly — and for the better. As I was on my way back home I thought, “Heck, I ought to share these with my friends.” So, here they are!

    1. Everything changes.

  • OPINION: You are more than what you do

    With the recent observance of Labor Day, I thought it would be an appropriate time to reflect on vocations and avocations. As a teacher, actor, theater director and writer, I feel fortunate that I have been able to make my living exercising my creative muscles while at the same time serving others. But the gift of work, at least for me, is not without its pitfalls.

  • Concern and optimism when it comes to democracy

    Sometimes, you wonder if the world is doomed to descend into autocracy. Certainly, that’s what the coverage of the past few years suggests. We read about the nations that are already there, such as China and Russia, of course, and Saudi Arabia and Iran. Or about countries such as Hungary, Turkey, and Poland that are nominally democratic but have been trending less so.

  • Downward spirals of depression can be deadly

    WASHINGTON — There are alarming consequences for the survival of human beings and the success of the society they inhabit when the brain suffers without treatment. And it has become frighteningly common for Americans to find their way into despair and self-murder.

  • Democracy inaction in Britain and the U.S.

    Two stories at the center of the news — the Brexit mess in Britain and the U.S. Senate’s failure to act on gun violence — should force us to think hard about what it will take for historic democracies to make their systems work again. We need to accept that different conceptions of democracy sometimes contradict each other, and that some of our governing structures are the antithesis of democratic rule.

  • OPINION: A busy, but reflective, August

    August was a hot, dry month by anyone’s reckoning, but it was still filled with intriguing things to do. Among the ones I sampled are these three.

  • Getting to know you

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

    It’s the best time, it’s the worst time. Interest rates favor the buyer, low inventory favors the seller. Kids are back in school, so people will put off buying now; with the kids back in school, buyers have more time to look.

    I think you get it, there’s always a reason why you should or shouldn’t buy a house. The bottom line, though is do you want to move, do you need to move?

  • OPINION: Changes paying off for pension systems, but steep challenges remain

     No issue has received more legislative attention over the last two years than the potential failure of our public pension systems. Our state employee pension system remains one of the worst funded in the United States. Other systems, including the Teachers’ Retirement System (TRS), still have a funding ratio that is well below actuarial recommendations.

  • OPINION: Pledge purpose is to unify

    If we are to remain one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all, we should try and preserve the symbols that unify us. The left-wing extremists want to remove our history, they don’t like patriotism they want open borders for a reason, and if we allow this, one day there will be no borders and we will have a lot bigger problem than saying the Pledge of Allegiance or singing the national anthem.