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Columns

  • Father’s Day

    By Jon Edgell

    Last Sunday was Father’s Day. Since 1907 it has been a celebration of fathers and fatherhood, paternal bonds, and the influence of fathers in society. In tribute to this holiday the prolific author, Martha Bolton, penned the following:

  • Protecting our youth from nicotine addiction

    By Mitch McConnell

    The youth vaping crisis is putting the health of our children at risk.

    To address this rampant and dangerous new trend, I’ve introduced the “Tobacco-Free Youth Act,” a bipartisan federal bill with my fellow tobacco state colleague, Virginia Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA). Once enacted, our legislation will raise the minimum purchase age for all tobacco and vaping products from 18 to 21 and help protect young people from nicotine.

  • Mattresses cost what?

    By Joberta Wells

    Did you see as many Memorial Day sales advertised on TV as I did? They were everywhere.

    There must be lots of mattresses in this world that are looking for new homes because most of the commercials I noticed were for them. I almost swallowed my chewing gum when I saw one that said the price was $1,000 off. One thousand dollars off? What in the world did that sucker cost if they could offer it for a thousand dollars off?

  • The Amish Cook June 12

    By Gloria Yoder

    If you could see me at the moment you would probably laugh out right.

    Tonight as I was getting ready for bed I discovered that today was column day. You’d think after five years of writing, a person would not simply forget their assigned day for writing; that’s’ just what I did.

  • What is needed

    By Jon Edgell

    What the world needs is what the church needs and what the church needs is a clear understanding of the gospel. The Greek word for gospel is used seventy-seven times in the New Testament portion of the Bible. It mean a good message, good tidings; good news. It is actually a common word used in the public arena. For example, the ancient Greek author Homer uses this word in his epic work, The Odyssey.

  • Lawmakers work continues through summer

    By Jimmy Higdon

    It’s nearly summertime! Time for a break from school in addition to barbecues, baseball and maybe a vacation. But June also marks the start of the interim period for the Kentucky General Assembly.

    That’s a time when standing committees of both chambers come together to form interim joint committees. For instance, the transportation committees of the House and Senate become the Interim Joint Committee on Transportation.

  • Education since Rose: Remove the rose-colored glasses

    By Jim Waters

    It’s been 30 years since the Kentucky Supreme Court’s Rose v. Council for Better Education decision that declared the entire body of the commonwealth’s school laws unconstitutional.

    The ruling, which resulted in the single largest tax increase in the state’s history, went far beyond the initial claims of the lawsuit, which were primarily focused on money.

  • Fried apple pies — love them!

    By Joberta Wells

    What is so rare as a day in June (thank you, James Russell Lowell) and what is so rare as a really, really great fried apple pie?

    Almost everyone has had a fried apple pie at one time or another but not everyone has had a really great one. Too often the pastry is too thick and dry, the pastry is sometimes gummy, the filling is made of canned apples or applesauce, some are even baked (horrors!), some are fried in some “heart- healthy” fat, and most are just generally inedible for those of us who have eaten some of the greatest.

  • The Amish Cook June 5

    By Gloria Yoder

    Scanning over a list of questions I had filed from some of you readers, I noticed that a more frequent one is that of our Amish lifestyle and traditions. If only there would be cut and dry answers
to that would apply to all Amish. This is the catch: like almost all church affiliations out there, there just is not a one size fits all.

  • Can’t win? Change the rules

    There’s a game my six-year-old son and I play in the front yard, where we throw a soft foam disc back and forth to each other, like a Frisbee. I’m perfectly happy just tossing it and watching it hit his hands as he struggles to snag it from the air. He, on the other hand, thinks there should be points.

    Catching it scores you a point, he explained. Then, he kept a tally as I was catching it and he wasn’t. So he changed the rules.