• U.S. District Judge Gray Miller ruled Feb. 22 that it was unconstitutional for the United States to have a men-only requirement to register with selective service.

    The equal protection clause in the 14th Amendment to our Constitution requires that all laws apply equally to each citizen. The South Texas District judge wrote in favor of a men’s advocacy group, called National Coalition for Men, saying that registering for the draft unfairly targeted men.

  • By John Edgell

    For 14 centuries Lent has been practiced in the church in preparation for Easter.

    The name comes from the Saxon “lengten-tide”, which refers to the lengthening of the days and the coming of Spring. This 40-day period of abstinence recalls the fasts of Moses, Elijah, and Jesus, all of which lasted 40 days. It was originally begun on a Sunday. But, since Sundays were feast days, in the latter part of the sixth century Pope Gregory I moved the beginning of Lent ahead four days.

  • By Gloria Yoder

    It was Saturday morning, the children and I were all eager to have Daddy home for the day.
    After breakfast and family devotions Daniel headed out to do the chores. I was surprised a few minutes later to see him coming back to the house already. We were all thrilled when he informed us of the latest news in the barnyard.
    “Our pony, Sassy Sundae, had a colt!”
    Excitement reigned.
    “Is he (or she) okay? Is it a boy or girl?” we wanted to know.

  • By Andy Beshear

    Kentucky Attorney General

    Frankfort is broken.

    And its current leadership wants to keep you in the dark.

    Over the last two years, Kentuckians have suffered from an executive branch that operates in secret, fighting transparency at every turn. The Bevin administration has filed lawsuits against newspapers, radio stations, lawyers and even individual Kentuckians who have sought documents that belong to you, the public.

  • By Melissa Martin

    Death is unpredictable because unforeseen accidents occur.

    When flight arrangements were made, she didn’t know. When she hugged her two daughters’ goodbye before her business trip, she didn’t know. When she boarded the airplane, she didn’t know. Jennifer Riordan didn’t know the airplane engine would malfunction and hurdle debris into the window next to her seat. She didn’t know she would be sucked into a gapping hole, grabbed by her legs from another passenger, and later die from blunt force trauma.

  • By U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell

    April 17 is ‘Tax Day,’ the deadline for most Americans to file their tax returns.

    For many middle-class families and businesses, this date is circled on the calendar with regret and trepidation. But this year, this depressing day has a silver lining — simply put, it’s ‘out with the old, and in with the new.’ Today is the last time American families will have to file under the unfair, outdated tax code that Congress and the president got rid of a few months ago.

  • By Bob Martin
    Guest columnist

    There are two types of pension systems: the defined benefits program and the defined contributions program. It is telling that private employers totally abandoned defined benefits pensions in the 70s and 80s, while almost all public-sector employers still rely on defined benefits pensions. Private sector employers pay for pensions with their own money, while public-sector employers pay for pensions with someone else’s money.

  • By Jim Waters

    Hardin County Schools Superintendent Teresa Morgan at a recent town hall on public pensions bemoaned the fact that interest in vacant teaching positions has dropped in recent years from as many as 100 applicants per opening to as few as 10, with some openings in math and science-related fields nearly impossible to fill.

  • By Dr. William Holland

    When we talk about life being filled with possibilities, we usually imagine someone stepping into our situation and helping us achieve our goals.

  • By Jim Waters

    What does a silver bullet cost?

    At least $490 million – the figure being thrown around by bureaucrats charged with implementing Kentucky Wired, the ill-advised 3,400-mile statewide broadband network initially estimated to cost less than $350 million to build.

  • By Joberta Wells
    Casey County News columnist

    “R-E-S-P-E-C-T, find out what it means to me.” Thanks, Aretha. I’ll tell you what it means to me.

  • By Don White
    Casey County News correspondent

    It was early fall of 1978.

    Sweet smells from the latest Apple Festival lingered in the air.

    Fred J. Burkhard drove into town from Creston, parked his Ford El

    Camino on Middleburg Street, and entered the tiny office of The Casey County News.

    It was my last day as editor, and I was happy the legend I had succeeded three years earlier wanted to say goodbye. Maybe wish me well in my new job as editor of The Anderson News in Lawrenceburg.

  • My husband is a man who has some strong convictions.  One of those is that everything is better when it’s cooked in cast iron. He likes to cook and he especially likes to cook using his cast iron cookware. He’s raised our two daughters to have a certain reverence for cast iron and has even gone so far as to give our oldest, who is married, her own cast iron cookware.

  • In a Liberty City Council meeting with only three things on the agenda — the city’s audit, second reading and adoption of next year’s budget, and, at the request of Police Chief Steven Garrett, declaring seven Glock 22 pistols surplus property, the meeting should have been uneventful.
    Au contraire.
    Instead of Mayor Steven Brown asking for a motion to adjourn, he opened the floor to attendees or anyone else who wanted to address the council.

  • These are crazy times that we’re living in, especially when it comes to restrooms in public schools.
    The Kentucky Senate passed a bill, now headed to the House of Representatives, that clarifies where transgender students may use the restroom in public schools.
    The Legislative Research Commission in Frankfort reported that Sen. C.B. Embry Jr., R-Morgantown, said the legislation would require public school students to use the restrooms of their biological sex or seek special accommodations. The legislation passed by a 27-9 vote after a lengthy floor debate.

  • Benjamin Franklin warned us long ago, “They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
    Ignorance is bliss – this is a phrase I’ve come to find absolute truth within, because it is just that, the truth.
    My curious mind has never allowed me to understand the phrase completely, though it has fully supported the opposite argument.
    Staying informed is madness.  

  • As of late, I haven’t run into anyone over the age of 21 who enthusiastically informed me that they were thrilled with this year’s campaign ads, which began back in January.
    “I just love these ads, believe every one of them, and I made up my mind who to vote for while watching these commercials,” said no one ever.

  • In my continued praise of all new technologies, I ask you to return with me to a kinder, gentler, and simpler time, not so very long ago. We need never forget when whence we cameth.
    It amazes me to be in a crowd anywhere today and watch people play with their smartphones, checking Facebook updates, texting, or surfing the Internet. Seems they’re doing anything other than actually making phone calls.

  • I can’t help but dig the song “You love the thunder,” by Jackson Browne, because it couldn’t be more true – I do love the thunder. And the lightning. And the wind.
    Put it all together and you’ve got one of my favorite weather combinations – the thunderstorm.
    Thunderstorms are something that has and always will bring my family together. (Of course, leave it to my eccentric family to find unity within destruction).

  • I could not agree with Abigail Whitehouse more in her column, “I hate country music,” in the July 16 edition. I was a die hard country fan since I was a small child and would listen to my uncle Fay Overstreet’s vast record collection of country hits back in the 50s and