• 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?

  • Resolutions and 2019

    By Jon Edgell

    Happy New Year!

    Well, it’s that time again – time for making our annual list of New Year’s resolutions. Never have so many tried so hard for so few rewards! According to Forbes, 80% of us will fail within 30 days to keep our commitments. Only 8% of resolution makers actually follow-through on just one of their resolutions. So, making a New Year’s resolution will inevitably result in frustration and a sense of defeat. What a great way to start the new year!

  • Marking the end of the 115th Congress

    By James Comer

  • The Amish Cook Dec. 19

    By Gloria Yoder

    We bade the birth parents farewell. The door shut behind them. Could it be true? We looked at each other then at our darling children. Would they really be for keeps? Would the birth parents change their minds? How much should we really allow ourselves to think of being Rayni and Jesse’s parents for life? At any rate, we didn’t waste too much time calling to Ohio to tell Daniel’s family of the birth parent’s proposal of us keeping the babies.

  • Christmas letter 2018

    By Joberta Wells

    GREETINGS OF THE SEASON! No matter what holiday you are celebrating — Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza, or some other — I hope it is glorious (and not too expensive). For all my atheist friends, I hope you have a long cool one at your favorite bar or a trip on a luxury cruise ship.