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Columns

  • New feathers in Casey County’s cap

    Word came last week that three Casey County businesses had won state-wide awards for the quality of their products. And, the Casey County Apple Festival picked up the best non-musical festival award in the state.
    I think that’s pretty remarkable for our county to receive four honors like this and be reported in Kentucky Living magazine, which reaches 1.2 million readers in about 500,000 homes across the Commonwealth.

  • Thanks for the happy start, Casey County

    There is no easy way to tell the people of Casey County that this will be my last and final column for The Casey County News.
    For almost exactly one year, I have sat down each week at my computer with a blank document staring back at me and reflected on things that have happened to me in the past, things that affect the Casey community, and ways to share my various opinions with all of you.

  • Is this loving? Is this compassionate?

    Facebook has an interesting way of revealing the reactions of other people. I often watch the comments of other people on deeply emotional stories and subjects, in an effort to grasp how someone comes to feel the way that they do about something.
    On Thursday, a Casey County man shot and killed himself after being chased by the police and immediately, people took to our Facebook to express their condolences as well as their harsh criticisms of the man’s character.

  • ‘And a little child shall lead them’

    It’s almost a daily occurrence that someone has tweeted something on Twitter or posted words that either inflame or attack another person.
    News came recently that Bloomsburg University sophomore first baseman Joey Casselberry was thrown off the team because of a highly offensive tweet that went viral, meaning virtually all over the world.
    Remember Mo’ne Davis, the sensational 13-year-old female pitcher who led her team to the Little League World Series?

  • The irony of mandatory voting in America

    In America, the words mandatory and voting uttered in the same sentence is beyond ironic.
    Nonetheless, in a recent CNN article, our president is quoted saying mandatory voting could be “transformative” and would help to “counteract campaign money more than anything.”
    I can agree with the president’s premise that there is far too much money involved in our election process, often drowning out the middle-to-low income voters who do show up to the polls.

  • Spring is here, can I get an amen?

    One of the many things I love about being “from off” and not having grown up here are the four seasons we get to enjoy in this beautiful state.
    Having been raised in south Georgia, we had two seasons, hot and hotter. I remember playing outside on Christmas day in shorts when I was a kid.
    Now that spring’s here, we can all once again enjoy a drive in the car with the windows down, smelling the sweetness of the season.
    Smells delight the senses and one for me, even from my youth, is the fragrance of freshly mowed grass.

  • Voice of the Turtle

    Are you as sick of winter and the snow and the ice and the freezing temperatures as I am? I suspect you are.
    Well, I have good news. Spring officially arrives the day after tomorrow, March 20. The vernal equinox occurs at 6:45 p.m. on that day. Hallelujah!

  • Freedom of speech is guaranteed by the Constitution

    Perhaps you heard of the recent incident where two college students sang an offensive song that was blatantly racist.
    It’s been widely reported that members of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) fraternity at the University of Oklahoma chanted a ditty that included the “N-word,” proclaiming that blacks would never be allowed to join their fraternity.

  • Making a game out of rejection

    Sunday nights are one of the few nights during the week when I take the time to relax. So one Sunday evening, I was listening to a unique segment on National Public Radio called Invisibilia and it wasn’t long until I was captivated by it.
    The program, which just recently launched in January of this year, is dedicated to examining the invisble forces in our lives, such as emotions, ideas, beliefs, etc. and how they influence our human behavior. Rather than listening to stale scientific findings alone, Invisibilia combines stories and science in a very intriguing way.

  • Watch out for scammers

    The hills are alive with the sound of scammers. I’m no Julie Andrews but imagine me singing that to the tune from the beginning of “The Sound of Music.” I just got off the phone with another of the scammers.