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Columns

  • Agriculture highlighted in 2019

    By Daniel Elliott

  • Happy belated Mom’s Day

    By Jon Edgell

    Last Sunday was Mother’s Day. It’s been a bittersweet holiday for me since my Mom died at age 57 on May 2nd, 1980, just one week before Mother’s Day. We called her Mom, Mother just didn’t fit right, you now? I loved her very much and I appreciated all she did for me growing up. As the years go by the sadness is buffered more and more by positive memories.

  • Spring is the season for hope

    She turned to the sunlight, shook her yellow head, And whispered to her neighbor: “Winter is dead.” ― A.A. Milne, When We Were Very Young, 1924

    Wake-up! It’s time to wake up. Finally, the calendar has progressed into spring and winter is behind us. The Bradford pears and redbuds have bloomed, along with the most beautiful spring flowers and the grass is that only in spring green. While there will be several cold and rainy days to come, the inevitable has already occurred and we say goodbye to winter.

  • The Amish Cook May 8

    By Gloria Yoder

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.