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Columns

  • Tired of alarmism in policy talks

    The message from mainstream media is clear: We are doomed.

    The planet Earth is dying. We are marching toward nuclear war. Assault weapons are killing our children. Immigrants are streaming into our country and are dangerous. Terrorists are plotting to kill Americans.

    We’ve got to do something about it. But, what can we do?

    The solution is always the same: More government.

    For example, I hear this about about global climate change. Let me be clear that I am not a climate change denier. I just don’t buy the alarmism about it.

  • Avoid delay-of-game penalty on policies

    By Jim Waters

    It’s coincidental, of course, that legislative sessions in Kentucky begin immediately following the climax of the sports season for the commonwealth’s rabid fans, including the annual titanic-like struggle between the Cards and Cats on the hardwood.

  • Will men dare to speak out against domestic violence?

    By Melissa Martin

    To prevent and stop violence against women, men in every state in the USA need to stand up and speak out. Males of all races, religions, and cultures. Married, single, or partnered males. Politicians, police, and preachers. Young, middle-aged or elderly. Males from all socioeconomic backgrounds. All males—in every city, every community, every home.

  • The Amish Cook Jan. 9

    By Gloria Yoder

    Editor’s Note: Gloria took a week off from the column to celebrate the holiday with her family in Ohio. She will return next week. This week we thought we’d take a look back at some favorite reader recipes. Check out these recipes you might have missed or old favorites you want to reconnect with!

    Wedding Salisbury Steak

    Ingredients

  • Happy New Year!

    By Joberta Wells

    Yeah, right, happy New Year! On New Year’s Day too many people wake up with a hangover from too much champagne and too little sleep. Not me! If I didn’t feel so bad, I’d feel all pompous and pious that I didn’t have a hangover and had a good night’s sleep. Wah, wah, wah — I’ve got a miserable cold and bronchitis and they won’t go away!

  • Water, water everywhere

    In the classic poem “Rime of the Ancient Mariner,” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, the unnamed protagonist is cursed by his thoughtless killing of an albatross. He is left stranded in the doldrums of the Pacific Ocean, the last man alive on his ship. Dying of thirst, he laments: “Water, water, every where/ nor any drop to drink.”

    We in Casey County also have a water problem. It floods too often.

  • What is salvation?

    By Jon Edgell

    When you hear the word “salvation,” what do you think about? For many in this Deep South culture, their thoughts immediately focus on Jesus Christ, or the cross, or the church. They were brought up that way. They generally have a working knowledge of what it means to be saved.

  • Preventing the tragedy of maternal mortality

    By Mitch McConnell

    It’s a trend that seems like it should be impossible in the wealthiest nation on Earth. But across America, the rate of maternal mortality is actually climbing – more than doubling in the last three decades.

    Beneath these figures are heartbreaking personal tragedies. Sadly, families often face unavoidable health challenges, and it’s important that policy makers, community leaders, health providers and researchers continue working together to prevent the health threats that are avoidable.

  • The Amish Cook Jan. 2

    By Gloria Yoder

  • Make a New Year’s resolution anyway

    Millions of Americans will begin the New Year with a thought in mind: I’m going to do better this year.

    Maybe it’s to plan finances better. Maybe it’s to quit smoking, exercise more, or eat better. Maybe it’s to accomplish long-neglected projects, or plan more activities with your family. But does it matter?