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Columns

  • Living in the digital and high-definition age

    High definition.

    It’s seen mostly in reference to televisions, but is now being heard in reference to radio stations as well. It was also short lived in the high-definition DVD before Blu-ray disc won the new DVD format battle.

  • Let's make trade more 'win-win' for everyone

    Recently, a colleague gave me a poster from the American Farm Bureau Federation which charted a state-by-state listing of state agricultural exports in 2005.

    For Kentucky, ranking 19th among the 50 states, our farmers exported $1.07 billion that included $340 million in unmanufactured tobacco; $261 million in live animals and meat; and $154 million in soybeans. (California was first, and Alaska was 50th.)

  • Preserve kids' ability to enjoy rock'n'roll

    I’ve always enjoyed Frank Sinatra’s songs — especially the Cole Porter tune “I’ve Got You Under My Skin.”

    But the Sinatra tune that I always try to live by the spirit of is “Young At Heart.” I’ve found that keeping that mindset has helped me maintain a youthful outlook toward life, and allowed me to better appreciate the youth sports I cover.

  • A tribute to a respected colleague, journalist

    Heaven must be getting crowded with our good journalists!

    The country is mindful of Tim Russert’s sudden passing. Now our own Ron Filkins has made one very quick departure from life as we on this side know it. May the fullness of eternal life be his. Prayerful support to Kathleen and all his family as well as to everyone at The Kentucky Standard and Landmark Community Newspapers Inc.

  • We need to get into the swing of recycling

    When I first heard about the new recycling grant Bardstown would be receiving, I was excited.

    I have been at The Standard for about seven weeks now. When I first started working in Bardstown and found out there was not a recycling program in place, I was disappointed.

    After hearing the good news, I am patiently waiting for the recycling bins to move into town and be placed throughout the county.

  • We help one another hope in tough times

    I don’t know about anyone else, but I find this time in human history nearly overwhelming. There are so many big changes going on at one time, some major decisions seem so misguided, fueling yet more difficulties.

    Amid all this I have teared up more than once at tributes to Tim Russert — for his competence, even-handedness and great ability to respect and love people across the political spectrum. Such gifts are so greatly needed currently.

  • An eventful Saturday spent in Nelson County

    I attended several events Saturday in Nelson County, including Via Colori, the 5K Run for the Health of It and Fairfield Homecoming.

    When I woke Saturday morning, it was lightly raining. I know rain is needed right now to help local farmers with their crops, but I also knew it would put a damper on the events I was going to attend.

  • Performance worth an exclamation point

    It’s easy to make fun of the pretentious verbiage that’s used to inflate sporting events — and those who take part in them — beyond all earthly reason: “the thrill of victory, the agony of defeat,” “the limits of human endurance,” “the heart of a champion,” blah blah blah. It’s easy to point out that professional athletes, by and large, are absurdly pampered and privileged, and that they are paid their fortunes not to work but to play.

  • Bat family makes its home above woman’s swing

    Christal Mackin has bats in her belfry — or she will soon if the bats in her awning don’t find another place to roost.

    The Bardstown woman has already been cautioned by her 8-year-old granddaughter, Breana, to do nothing to the mother bat and four babies that have claimed the shade that covers Mackin’s outside furniture as their own.

    “I don’t plan on bothering them,” she said as she showed the bats off Wednesday afternoon.

    With their beady little eyes, webbed wings and talon-gripping toes, no one can blame her.

  • No Child Left Behind causes problems

    For about the life spans of three mules, I’ve been hearing educators profess to being mystified by the “achievement gap” in public education.

    Actually, many of these who profess to be mystified are lying. They know the cause of the gap. They are afraid to say it. It is one of the most politically incorrect things in the book of forbidden thoughts.