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Columns

  • All the lovely men

    By Joberta Wells

    I am about to go on what might be misconstrued as a racist rant so if you think you’ll be offended, read no further.

    Where have all the good-looking white men gone? Have you looked closely at the ones we have now in the movies, on TV, and in other venues? For the most part, their faces wouldn’t scare small children but they certainly don’t float my boat.

  • The freedom to offend

    “If freedom of speech is taken away, then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.” — George Washington.

    I hope that our right to say something offensive will continue to be protected. To me, there’s no greater measure of our freedom of speech.

    Unfortunately, the right to say something offensive could be in peril and, nowhere is this more evident than in our universities, our supposed bastions of free thought.

  • New pension system for incoming teachers needed

    By Jim Waters

    The frustration expressed by Senate Majority Leader Damon Thayer following Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd’s decision to strike down a pension-reform law cobbled together originally as Senate Bill 1 and then watered down and pushed through during this year’s General Assembly session as a substitute for Senate Bill 151 (SB 151) – originally wastewater-treatment legislation – is understandable.

  • Is hemp really the answer?

    During a July 3 meeting between Casey County community leaders and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, the topic of industrial hemp took center stage.

    In a portion of McConnell’s speech, he said that having a Kentucky senator acting as the Senate Majority Leader allows the commonwealth to “punch above our weight.”

  • Tax should shift from income to consumption
  • Distillery disasters made headlines, history

    By Stuart W. Sanders

    Kentucky Historical Society

    A bourbon storage facility in Bardstown owned by the Barton 1792 Distillery collapsed recently, sending thousands of barrels of aging whiskey rolling down a hillside.

    Throughout Kentucky history, distillery disasters have made headlines. Few, however, were as descriptive as a November 1886 distillery fire at the John Thixton Distilling Company in Owensboro. In that incident, onlookers sampled the distillery’s product while the buildings—and the bourbon—burned.

  • The Amish Cook

    By Gloria Yoder

    Hey, how about taking a moment and joining our family as we go back to the woods to gather some stones at the creek?

    I really didn’t expect that I’ll have the chance to go along with our five little ones, but when my husband Daniel told me that he’d really like for me to join them I knew there would be a way.

    I was delighted, I’ve always had a special liking for stones and here at our new property we actually have a nice little creek loaded with stones, promising endless possibilities.

  • Go ahead and ask – God is listening

    By William Holland

    We know that people pray for all types of things and many times I wonder if God takes every request seriously or if He considers some of them unreasonable.

    For example, I’m sure that at sporting events both sides are praying for victory over the opposing team but I’ve always thought these types of prayers generally fall into the category of the non-spiritual variety. The Bible actually mentions unsuitable attitudes behind our prayers and uses the word, “amiss” which means, flawed, incorrect, harmful, and inappropriate.

  • Things Mom taught me

    By Joberta Wells

    My mother was a most persuasive person. I thought she hung the moon so I believed everything she told me. Usually she was right. I won’t tell you the instances when she wasn’t because I’d rather not embarrass myself.

  • Fulfilling promises to Kentucky

    By Mitch McConnell

    Not even two years into the Trump administration, our country is finally getting back on the right track. On the heels of a major regulatory rollback and historic tax reform, consumer confidence is soaring and unemployment is shrinking. I’m proud of the many promises this Republican Congress has worked closely with President Trump to fulfill for your family, and I would like to update you on our recent work.