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Columns and Editorials

  • A plan for America’s jobs creators

    As the jobless rate in Kentucky continues to hover around ten percent, it is clear that years of unchecked government growth and spending by Washington Democrats did not restore our economy, nor put Americans back to work.  It is time for a new plan.

  • Freedom is anything but free

    For many Americans, Memorial Day signals the beginning of summer.  But, more importantly, Memorial Day is a day for us to remember and give thanks to all those who have given their lives in service to our nation and to preserve the freedom we enjoy. 

    As a West Point graduate and former Army Ranger, I am especially mindful this Memorial Day of our troops serving in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, around the world and here at home. 

  • ‘We’ve come a long way in 3 years’

    “We’ve come a long way in three years.”

    Eminence City Council member Danny Meadows couldn’t have spoken truer words at last week’s council meeting.

    Little more than three years ago, in April 2008, the Eminence City Council took a step that’s a bit rare in politics these days — they admitted they made a mistake in how they went about reopening the city’s former swimming pool.

  • Primary elections are important, too

    The first election I ever covered for a newspaper is still rather firmly imprinted in my brain.

    Little more than a decade ago, I was working as an intern for the Evansville Press, a now defunct evening daily in my home town.

    I ran to about half a dozen different polling places as the polls were set to close, and then settled in for a night of election returns.

  • GUEST COMMENTARY

    By Joseph S. Yates

    When asked what I think about the prospect of a new courthouse, I offer a lawyer’s favorite response: “It depends.” I find myself approaching the issue not so much by considering whether our judicial and county offices need more space (they do) or whether the facilities for those who work in those offices are in dire need of modernizing (they are), but how this new building would affect the life of the city — the town where I grew up and have practiced law for the past 25 years.

  • After many years, we got him

    On Sept. 11, 2001, I was on my way to work at Lewis Bakery in Evansville, Ind. I was in the drive-through at a fast food restaurant when the radio station broke in with news.

    That news seemed surreal at first: one jet plane, then another, flew into the Twin Towers. It didn’t seem possible.

    It was just the beginning.

    In the coming days and weeks, we learned who was responsible for the attacks that claimed almost 3,000 lives.

  • Devastating floods? What about earthquakes?

    In the wake of two devastating earthquakes – Japan’s in March and Haiti’s early last year – there has understandably been renewed interest in being better prepared if that type of disaster happens here.
    This coming winter will mark 200 years since a series of earthquakes along the New Madrid fault system literally shook the eastern half of the United States.  They caused the Mississippi River to run backward, and were felt as far away as New York City and Boston.

  • April is Financial Literacy Month

    April is Financial Literacy Month, and now is a great time to learn or review the basics of budgeting, saving, investing, responsibly using credit cards, managing your credit rating and protecting yourself from identity theft.

  • Correction

    The April 20 article about Daniel Shuck should have said he was indicted on two counts of 1st degree rape.

  • Saying farewell to animal companions

    It’s been two months, but it’s taken me that long to get to a point where I could write about it.

    On Feb. 19, I said goodbye to my faithful feline friend of 13.5 years.
    Mickey had been sick for some time, and seriously so for three weeks.
    On Valentine’s Day, we learned the reason for his off-and-on cough — he had lung cancer, and he had it pretty bad.