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Columns and Editorials

  • I'm going to need a giant can of hairspray

    Donald Trump and I have something in common, and it’s not the size of our bank accounts.

    Much like Trump, I, too, will report for jury duty this week. However, I won’t arrive in a limo, I won’t be allowed to park in a no parking zone and there won’t be any paparazzi there to capture my entry into the courtroom. 

  • Taking care of veterans should be a priority

    One of the ongoing challenges our country faces is making sure our veterans receive the full benefits they have rightfully earned.

    Unfortunately, as we discovered during a legislative meeting earlier this month, there are still some who are either unaware of what is available or who have become mired in bureaucracy.  The good news is that, thanks to the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs (KDVA), we are making great strides in closing these twin gaps.

  • Time for us to 'come together...right now'

    By Mark Fassio, guest columnist

    DISCLAIMER:  If this piece makes it into the Local, you’ll be reading it as I’m emerging  from cancer surgery #4.  So if there’s any objections to what I’ve written, wait for my post-op recovery before coming after me, ok?

  • Not many snakes slither in Henry County

    On sunny but cool spring days, snakes warming up their cold-blooded selves on the heat-absorbing blacktop is their version of a human basking in a campfire.

    It happened fairly often that snakes would sprawl out in the middle of an Indiana country road to get comfortable. As a young driver, I learned the hard way that bump in the road wasn’t a piece of tire or other kind of long, skinny debris that commonly appear in the highway, but it was the snake who paid the awful price.

  • Washington Lodge plays role in all our heritage

    The Grand United Order of Odd Fellows is an African-American fraternal organization founded in 1843. Although the GUOOF still exists, its overall membership has declined sharply, just as the number of fraternal organizations everywhere has fallen. 

  • Why did the turtle cross the road?

    I was in a hurry to get somewhere, as usual. I was waiting rather impatiently for the light to change so I could get on my way. Little did I know I would witness the happy ending of a life and death situation.

    I was sitting in the coveted pole position at the light of a four-way intersection. From my vantage point, I could see that when the turning traffic cleared the next light, I would have smooth sailing to my destination.

  • Crime report shows Kentucky remains one of the safest states in the nation

    For decades now, Kentucky State Police has annually compiled a comprehensive look at crime across the commonwealth, giving the public and law enforcement alike a much clearer picture of the challenges we face.

    The reports come out each summer and pull together data from local and state agencies, highlighting both short- and long-term trends.  

  • Confederates' flag may return to the attic

    The decision made by South Carolina to lower the flag from their capitol grounds and display it in a museum instead roiled my former home with a related controversy.

  • Four for freedom

    Washington, D.C. has the bad news blues.  Whether it’s Congress passing bills that spend billions of dollars we don’t have, rogue Supreme Court justices ignoring the clear text of the Constitution, or yet another unelected executive branch agency bureaucrat issuing a “regulation” that punishes free enterprise, it often seems that victories for freedom and liberty are rare.

  • Doing what might be the most difficult job

    Part of my job involves the unenviable task of going to and reporting on tragic events like fires and car accidents, some of which involve loss of life. There are only a handful of people – police officers and emergency responders, mainly – that would ever see what takes place at the scene.