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Columns

  • 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.

  • Saying goodbye to a great public servant

    Liberty Mayor Steve Sweeney will pass the gavel to newly elected Mayor Steven Brown on Monday, Jan. 5.
    I have had the privilege of covering Sweeney and the city council for most of the past three years of the six-and-a-half years that I’ve been at the paper.
    A true liberal at heart, Sweeney is at his best when he’s thinking about how to help the poor and disenfranchised among the residents of Liberty.

  • Give Ronnie Davis a break

    I don’t live in Liberty but Liberty is the seat of government for all of Casey County so I feel like I have the right to put my two cents worth in here. You understand, of course, that it is just my opinion that follows here and does not reflect the opinion of The Casey County News (and maybe nobody else, either). That has never stopped me before.

  • The more you know

    Benjamin Franklin warned us long ago, “They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
    Ignorance is bliss – this is a phrase I’ve come to find absolute truth within, because it is just that, the truth.
    My curious mind has never allowed me to understand the phrase completely, though it has fully supported the opposite argument.
    Staying informed is madness.  

  • Give Ronnie Davis a break

    I don’t live in Liberty but Liberty is the seat of government for all of Casey County so I feel like I have the right to put my two cents worth in here. You understand, of course, that it is just my opinion that follows here and does not reflect the opinion of The Casey County News (and maybe nobody else, either). That has never stopped me before.

  • No need to call out public officials for doing their jobs

    I was intrigued to watch a WKYT TV report last week concerning the death of a Casey County woman in March of this year.
    Authorities responded to the residence of Michael Johnson on Dry Ridge Road where they discovered Leah Skipper, who had died from a single gunshot wound to the head.
    Casey County Sheriff’s Deputy Freeman Luttrell went to the scene as well as Casey County Coroner Tommy Clark, who ruled Skipper’s death as suicide.

  • I don’t want to do your dirty work

    I couldn’t tell you how many times, throughout my childhood and even my adult educational years, I have heard or read the words, “America is a democracy.”
    For 24 years, I have strolled leisurely, with my hands rested in my pockets, whistling, believing and regurgitating, “America is a democracy.”
    So imagine my surprise when I emerged, from months of intensive research and constant answer-seeking, to find that the entire system of government I had blindly believed in was a complete sham.

  • Variety show a real throwback

    For those who say there’s nothing to do in Casey County, well, there’s always something to do here. And these things are fun and family friendly.
    Take the Clementsville Variety Show, which started in 1974 and has run off and on since then.
    This past Saturday night was the 40th anniversary and 29th show to be produced featuring local performers.
    Held in the cafeteria of St. Bernard’s Catholic Church, many skits that have been crowd favorites for years were re-enacted.

  • Political correctness: America’s slow poison

    Scenario 1:
    Let’s say I tell someone, “I don’t like your hair cut. Only dweebs get haircuts like that.”
    Now, since I’ve hurt the feelings of one dweeb, all dweebs from near and far will get together to form a Dweeb Defenders Coalition, rally outside of my home screaming profanities and calling me names, and demand my resignation from The Casey County News.

  • From snowman to memory

    I can remember the very first snowman I ever built – which is miraculous because I couldn’t have been any older than four or five years old.
    It was around this age that I had finally realized that I was not in fact a dog, but a tiny human.
    I can even remember what jacket I was wearing, probably because I despised it. It was big and fluffy and red and I could never quite remember to put my gloves on after I had zipped my jacket up – that’s where my mom comes in.