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Columns

  • Rowell: Williams and Farmer on fiscal responsibility

    Talk is cheap — especially when it comes to politics.
    Take the case of Kentucky Senate President Republican David Williams and Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer.
    These two are traversing the state in a campaign bus stumping for the state big house that’s up for grabs in the November 2011 general election.
    However, Gov. Steve Beshear said he will not start campaigning until the legislature gets finished conducting the people’s business in March.

  • Carman: Just give the lady back her dog

    I typically burn the midnight oil on Monday nights, staying up late to write the stories that I somehow never find time to do during the course of the work week.
    Oftentimes, I take a break from the computer when my favorite segment of The Tonight Show with Jay Leno comes on, usually around 11:45. If you’re up on Monday nights at that time too, then you’ll recognize the feature “Headlines.” (Actually, I check it out to make sure we’re NOT on there as I live in fear that one day we will be.)

  • Wells: Hidden caboose won't attract tourists

    I love cabooses. I really do. I like them on the back of trains where they belong. I can even sing you a caboose song if your ears are up to it. What a hoot!
    I don’t like cabooses stuck up behind a building in downtown Liberty, however. How are the throngs of tourists who are coming to town to see it ever going to find it? They might find it by accident if they drive around the back of the courthouse or if they are visiting the jail.

  • Rowell: Hunters, to the woods!

    I always love everything about the fall in Kentucky — the cool crisp nights, the beauty of the leaves in all their vibrant colors, football and hot chocolate.
    However, I’m torn about one fall activity — deer hunting. Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m an advocate of the Second Amendment right to bear arms for self-defense and hunting.
    The reason I’m torn about deer hunting is because I’ve tried it over the years and I’m just no good at it.

  • Carman: Black Friday a disappointment

    While the news reports sing the praises of Black Friday and the boon it was to the economy, I’m disappointed.
    No, no ... not that it was a boon for the economy, because we can all certainly be glad of that. Rather, I’m disappointed that I didn’t go shopping.

  • Carman: New web site offers much more

    If you’ve logged onto our web site, www.caseynews.net in the last couple of days, you’ve noticed that things look a little different — well, a whole lot different, actually.
    The Casey County News launched its new site over the weekend after the staff, and the technology people at our company’s home office, spent a pretty intense week getting it populated. (OK, the IT people at our central office spent way more time than one week on it, but the rest of us got the crash course last week.)

  • Rowell: Meal time important for the family

    In an age where families are becoming more disconnected and uncommunicative due to time constraints and being inundated with trying to attend various extracurricular activities, one of the best times for families to reconnect is still around the dinner table.
    The perception — or misperception — is that with the majority of moms working, with the kids on laptops, texting on cell phones, playing video games, and, with attending after-school activities, who has time to prepare a meal so all family members can share it around the table?

  • Wells: Bedbugs, TSA add to cancellation of grand tour

    You will be sad to find out that I have had to cancel my grand tour of the country. I know you were looking forward to my travelogue in The Casey County News. Well, it couldn’t be helped, you know. There were too many things against me.
    First of all, there is the threat of bedbugs. I’d almost rather have a terrorist threat than bedbugs! It seems you can’t even go to the grandest hotels these days without worrying about bringing bedbugs home in your luggage. Yechhhh, can you imagine having those things in your house?

  • Carman: Feeling blue after loss of sole mates

    Have you ever lost something that was treasured, or very important to you, and it just left you with an empty or “blah” feeling?
    (Now, I don’t mean a person, because people are irreplaceable and I’m certainly not making light of that type of loss.)
    I’ve lost my all-time favorite navy blue clogs.
    They’re not physically lost, because they’re still right at home in my closet with about 50 other pairs of shoes (yes, I know that’s too many), but they’re “lost” nonetheless.

  • Rowell: Conservatives need to speak out

    Recently, Eastern Kentucky University President Dr. David Whitlock announced that the university will institute a domestic partner benefit in January 2011.
    Domestic partner benefits is basically a policy that endorses the practice of unmarried couples living together and confers marriage-like benefits to them.
    Todd Hartch, an Associate Professor of History at EKU, has spoken out against this policy — and been vilified for his views about traditional marriage being between one man and one woman for all of life.