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Columns

  • 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.

  • School restrooms in the news these days

    These are crazy times that we’re living in, especially when it comes to restrooms in public schools.
    The Kentucky Senate passed a bill, now headed to the House of Representatives, that clarifies where transgender students may use the restroom in public schools.
    The Legislative Research Commission in Frankfort reported that Sen. C.B. Embry Jr., R-Morgantown, said the legislation would require public school students to use the restrooms of their biological sex or seek special accommodations. The legislation passed by a 27-9 vote after a lengthy floor debate.

  • That’s what big sisters are for

    I was NOT going to do it. I had been out fighting the snow all day in the truck, trying to get to work and back home without sliding into a ditch and I just WAS NOT going to play in the snow.
    Well, when you have a big sister and she’s in town, you can say you’re NOT going to play in the snow. But when that big sister of yours throws a huge pile of snow in your face as you’re walking out your door – its game on.
    I stood in the doorway frozen. Literally, I was so cold.

  • Domestic violence is no Hollywood matter

    I was not at all surprised to read in the Louisville Courier Journal on Sunday that the just released film “Fifty Shades of Grey” is number one at the box office and the book upon which the film is based sits atop the best seller’s list for fiction.
    No, I haven’t seen the movie or read the book. I’ve read reviews about the movie and book and frankly, I don’t know why anyone would want to watch or read this trash.

  • ‘It’s rope, not dope’

    One main argument against hemp is one that is tired and over-exaggerated – it’s too much like marijuana.
    But as usual, the true science says otherwise.
    Those opposed to hemp will have you believe that growers will be inclined to hide marijuana plants within hemp growing capacities.
    But the fact is, cross-pollination between hemp and marijuana plants would drastically reduce the potency of marijuana fields and could quite possibly DETER marijuana growers.
    If anything, law enforcement officials should be advocating for industrial hemp.

  • Say thanks to people who make our lives easier

    I usually leave my house in Campbellsville well before dawn on Tuesday morning since that’s the day we send the paper to the printing plant in Elizabethtown.
    Recently on a very cold morning, I saw the garbage truck pull up in front of my house. The driver, who had some type of medical boot on his leg, jumped down, hobbled to our trash can and emptied it in the back of the truck.

  • Happy birthday, Tom

    Happy belated birthday to the man of my dreams, Tom Selleck, who was 70 years old on Jan. 29. What a man! So what if he’s 70? He still floats my boat.
    Okay, get off my case. I don’t want to hear any snarky remarks. I might be older than dirt but I still appreciate a fine-looking man and Tom Selleck is a fine-looking man.

  • ‘More I’m around some people, the more I like my dog’

    Czechoslovakian writer Milan Kundera once said, “Dogs are our link to paradise. They don’t know evil or jealousy or discontent. To sit with a dog on a glorious afternoon is to be back in Eden, where doing nothing was not boring – it was peace.”
    I’ve told you before how much I love my dogs, but this quote puts it to words quite perfectly for me.
    On Sunday my boyfriend and I loaded up the pups and took off to town – nothing out of the norm.