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Columns

  • Bravo, Casey Davis

    By Joberta Wells

    Some of you reading this might remember my father, Josh Wells, as one of your teachers or friends. He was a character, as well as being an excellent teacher of history, government, and civics.

  • Pros and cons of zoning

    Casey County does not have countywide zoning. The City of Liberty has zoning laws, but not a planning and zoning commission.

    I believe there are benefits and drawbacks to having planning and zoning from my six years experience covering different planning and zoning issues.

  • Easter was when?

    By Jon Edgell

    Easter was, what, almost two weeks ago? What have you been doing since then? How has the risen Lord brought change into your life? In Matthew chapter 28, we find that Jesus had risen, the women had worshipped Him, and the Roman soldiers had been bribed to say that Jesus’ disciples had come in the night to steal away Jesus’ body; that He hadn’t resurrected from the dead at all.

  • The Amish Cook May 8

    By Gloria Yoder

  • Overcorrecting systems creates bigger problems

    By Jim Waters

    The Kentucky Retirement Systems Board of Trustees grabbed the wheel two years ago this month and abruptly overcorrected a pension system whose tires had dropped off a steep shoulder on the side of a road winding toward a very uncertain future for the commonwealth’s retirement plans and, by extension, its entire economy.

    By suddenly lowering the actuarial assumptions for the state employees’ pension fund from 6.75 percent to 5.25 percent, the board with one move greatly increased the contribution agencies are required to pay.

  • Ah, spring

    By Joberta Wells

    Ah, spring, when a young man’s fancy turns to love. This old broad’s fancy turns to enjoying release from winter’s cold, finding wildflowers, and thoughts of a good home-grown ‘mater.

    Let’s face it: We didn’t have a bitter cold winter. In some ways it is good because everything is blooming like crazy. My forsythia was magnificent, the daffodils everywhere were magnificent, and the wild violets are still magnificent.

  • Harmony and transparency

    Hundreds of times throughout my career, I have been asked to not print something. On occasion someone will place a phonecall asking that we not print an embarassing detail in public records. But most often it’s public officials that ask me to not print something they said, or want to say, during public meetings. This happens in about half of the local government meetings I’ve attended and it’s become a kind of pet peeve of mine.

  • The Amish Cook May 1

    By Gloria Yoder

    The house is quiet. Yes, the children are all tucked into bed. Sleep will wait for me. I just had to give you a quick invitation to join us as we enjoy dinner with the Lehman family.

    Everyone in our church has a special place in our hearts; the Lehmans are no exception. The Nathan Lehman family shares our vision of reaching out to troubled children. In fact, they have a beautiful family of four children by adoption.

  • What’s our Notre Dame?

    By Stuart W. Sanders

    Kentucky Historical Society

    When Notre Dame Cathedral burned on April 15, people across the world mourned the damage.

    They shared family photographs taken at the cathedral, worried about artifacts housed within the church and expressed concern about the building’s stained glass windows.

    While we mourn the fire because of the cathedral’s religious and cultural significance, we also connect to the building because of the power of authentic places.

  • Traditional schools’ lack of financial transparency

    By Jim Waters

    “Why don’t we have real data on charter schools?” shouted the headline atop a hit piece on these public schools of choice in The Nation a few years ago.

    Funny, I’ve been asking the same question in this column for more than a decade about Kentucky’s traditional public schools.