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Columns

  • Parents, teens and technology

    By Melissa Martin

    Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube, Tumblr, Flickr, Reddit, WhatsApp, Google, and all the other techno companies have produced products that have changed and benefited the world. Phones, apps, and the web are necessary to our daily work lives and personal lives. But, is there a dark side for teen usage?

  • Tell the truth about pension benefits

    By Jim Waters

    Tim Abrams, executive director of the Kentucky Retired Teachers Association, in an article in The Frankfort State Journal purported to respond to my recent column which noted that protesters who marched on Frankfort against the mild pension legislation passed during this year’s General Assembly don’t really want to reform Kentucky’s retirement systems.

    I opined that this whole scenario “seems much more about partisan politics than trying to solve the biggest financial problem facing Kentucky.”

  • What’s in it for me?

    By Jon Edgell

    Rewards is a subject not often talked about in the church. And if it is, it’s usually concerning the reward of heaven. But, the truth is God gives rewards to those who follow Him, both in heaven and on earth.

  • Sheets I have known and loved

    By Joberta Wells

    I remember the days when we ordinary folks had only two choices for sheets — percale and muslin. They were both 100 percent cotton. Percale sheets in my youth were tightly woven and had a higher thread count than muslin sheets.

  • New education law benefits Kentucky workers

    By Mitch McConnell

    Kentucky’s economy is surging forward. After nearly a decade of sluggish growth, Republican leadership in both Washington and Frankfort is helping encourage job creation and economic opportunity.

  • Small-town, community journalism will survive

    Throughout my career as a journalist, I have been met with the same comment multiple times. People believe that newspapers are a dying medium, and that all the information that they need can be found on the internet or their television.

    I’ve been asked several times whether newspapers are going out of business.

    I always reply that the future of big dailies might be in question, but community newspapers and community journalism will survive.

  • 30 years after the Yellowstone fire

    “If we put that out, Smokey the Bear will give us a prize,” said my seven-year-old elder brother, as we both looked across the river at a smoldering stump of a pine tree. Looking back, it seems strange to see just a single tree on fire, and not have an inferno around it. Maybe that’s why, as a six-year-old, I didn’t think the Yellowstone fires were that big of a deal.

  • Welfare-to-work programs work

    By Jim Waters

    First, the good news: Kentucky’s unemployment rate is among the lowest ever.

    Then, bad news: Kentucky’s unemployment rate is among the lowest ever.

    How can historically low unemployment rates be bad news?

    While more job opportunities than ever exist across the commonwealth with tens of thousands of positions unfilled in the commonwealth, more Kentuckians fail to take advantage of them, relying instead on government-run programs like Medicaid for their incomes.

  • What do I do ‘til Jesus comes?

    By Pastor Jon Edgell

    Hebrews 12:1b-2b says “Let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith.”

  • Husband wants things to go smoother at wife’s second funeral

    By Roger Alford

    Someone who prefers to remain anonymous sent me a funny joke about a woman’s funeral, if you can imagine such a serious subject being funny.