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Columns

  • ‘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.

  • Do kids need cell phones in school?

    The Kentucky Standard, our sister newspaper in Bardstown, carried a story recently about a school principal banning cell phone usage in the school.
    Jim Beavers, principal of Bloomfield Middle School, informed parents and students via the school’s Facebook page that as of Jan. 14, students’ use of cell phones was no longer permitted.

  • Pope Francis’ graceful answer

    Although I am not a Catholic, I have always found the Pope to be such a benevolent force in the world around us.
    We all walk around with questions that no one can answer – at least none of our fellow humans. Why do bad things happen to good people? With the resources and technology that we have today, why are so many still starving?

  • Why aren’t we angry about this?

    It’s not a stretch to hear gainfully employed people complain that a lot of people are doing nothing to draw a government check.
    “Too many on welfare, getting paid for doing nothing,” people whine.
    Well, what about when duly elected county officials, who do basically nothing, are paid between $20,000 and $70,000?
    Why aren’t we complaining about this situation?

  • Faith renewed twice this week

    JE SUIS CHARLIE in Liberty
    Many people were upset to learn that for some time during the morning of Jan. 12, a French flag was flying on the Judicial Center’s flag pole. Others were not upset by its presence, and instead considered it a sign of respect for the nation who most recently suffered a terrible terrorist attack.
    I belong to the latter group – I was very humbled by the gesture. It wasn’t until Tuesday morning that we learned who was responsible for raising the flag and by then my curiosity had almost gotten the best of me.

  • Boehner’s wrath gone wrong

    If you didn’t watch the 114th Congress vote on the new Speaker of the House, then you missed quite a show.
    Like many, I believed that Rep. John Boehner would be voted into the seat with no opposition, until whispers started spreading across the internet and social media.
    Suddenly, phone calls began jamming the lines of district and Capitol offices of House GOP leadership and constituents began demanding that their representatives vote against Boehner.

  • State senate right to protect the unborn

    One thing I’ve learned in covering politics in Kentucky, two issues stand out in conservative, Republican areas of the state ― gay rights and abortion.
    To answer these in the sense of being pro-life and pro-family pretty much assures conservative voters will give the nod to a particular candidate.
    That’s a two-pronged question I unashamedly ask candidates when they “politic” in Casey County.

  • ‘Millennials’ hate being called ‘Millennials’

    When I hear the word it makes me cringe.
    I belong to this group being called “Millennials” and can tell you first hand that we hate it.
    The word comes with a long list of characteristics and traits that have nothing to do with us and lots more to do with people who can’t understand us.
     I know that for organization’s sake, it is helpful to lump an entire generation under one label when examining various characteristics and social trends.

  • The value of living in a great community

    Part of being a newspaper reporter is knowing that news can break at any time. That’s exactly what happened Monday afternoon about 3:15 when Tonya Harne left her car running in front of a business on Middleburg Street in downtown Liberty.
    Not inside the business more than 90 seconds, she turned around and her car was gone, having been stolen by Zachary Hugh Cook, who faces a mountain of charges in connection with the theft.
    While stealing a car is mostly a rare event in Casey County, it can happen.

  • Students protest first lady’s lunch

    Until recently I had only heard the occasional disgruntled mention of first lady Michelle Obama and her fervor for trimming down America’s youth.
    In my opinion, the role of the first lady is a crucial one and the standard set by Eleanor Roosevelt is practically unsurpassable.  
    It wasn’t until I began to read about the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act that I realized our current first lady has raised quite a hornet’s nest of angry students across the U.S. and as their numbers continue to grow, so does the sound of their voices.