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Columns

  • For God’s sake and yours — slow down

  • How about starting resolutions now?

    “Traditionally” a lot of people make resolutions at the beginning of each new year on the calendar.

    This year, I started making some starting Dec. 1. Why now? Maybe it has been in part to celebrate surviving eight months of a very intense schedule, going full speed all the time. Maybe it is just a streak of perversity, a type of push back to all the “you have to” messages coming at us from too many directions. Whatever….

  • Yearly battle against winter has begun

    By JAMES ROBERTS, Guest Columnist

    I can spend hours walking around the house feeling for drafts.

    It’s that time of year again — winter. While the winter season is second only to fall as my favorite, it also brings out the old miser in me.

    There are few rules at my house, but one is “Don’t touch the thermostat.” What separates us from the animals is our ability to put on extra socks and make hot chocolate.

  • Statistics reveal the crisis of the middle

    The unemployment rate for people with a college degree or higher is 5 percent. If that were the rate for everyone, it’d be the 1990s again.

    But college graduates are only 30 percent of the country. For the rest of the population, the jobs picture is grimmer. For people without a high-school degree, the unemployment rate is more than 15 percent. If that were the rate for everyone, it’d be the 1930s again.

  • Dems must accept irresponsible tax deal

    Approve the lousy deal.

    It pains me to write those words, because the agreement President Obama negotiated with Republicans on tax cuts is really quite awful. I know that some progressives have come to see the package as a cleverly disguised “second stimulus,” but they’re just rationalizing. The fact is that nobody would start from scratch and design an economic boost offering so little bang for so many bucks.

  • Book reveals an art lost in history

    After finishing “We Were the Mulvaneys” by Joyce Carol Oates — which I highly recommend — I started another book Tuesday that I think will be just as good, though of a different genre. I’ve read only the preface so far, but if it is indicative of the rest of the book, I have a literary treat waiting for me.

  • Cracking the culture of ‘more for less’

    I’ve met quite a few farmers since I arrived in Nelson County two months ago, and with every farm visit and telephone call I’ve become more impressed by the drive and tireless devotion to hard work required to work on a farm.

  • A bizarre guide to aid your gift giving

    Let’s cut to the chase. Normally, I’m not this on top of things, especially my Christmas shopping.

    But as it turns out, I’ve taken care of almost everyone on my shopping list.

    And because I’ve been diligently contemplating what to get the people on my list, I’ve also come across some ideas that may help you as well. If you are like me, finding the right gift for a few people is always more difficult than you expect.

  • Difficulties of perfecting a Kansas accent

    Next year, the Stephen Foster Drama Association will stage “The Wizard of Oz” in addition to the traditional production of “The Stephen Foster Story.” Recently, the organizers have asked for kids to come out and audition for some parts in the play, which reminded me of my experiences as a teenage actor.

  • Remembering the fine Colonel Hawk

    I remember Colonel Hawk like he was right beside me, right now. He was a Bardstown man who at one time worked for Catherine Conner, a politically powerful savvy ingénue of the Roosevelt administration in the 1930s and ’40s. She told me she was a major reason for Roosevelt winning the White House. From the picture and portraits I saw of her she had to have been, absolutely, a Kentucky beauty queen. I know from knowing her that she was razor sharp with a wit and a retort in conversation that could cut you wide and deep or charm you with her every word.