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Columns and Editorials

  • 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.

  • A turning point for fiscal responsibility

    Shortly before midnight on April 8, House Speaker John Boehner, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and President Barack Obama reached an agreement on a bill to fund the government for the remainder of the fiscal year that includes substantial spending cuts and averted a government shutdown. 

  • Lifting each other up, despite the fall

    There’s no denying it, I’m a Butler fan. I couldn’t hide it if I tried.
    Most times, especially during the NCAA tournament, I root for the underdog. I like to see the folks who don’t ‘win all the time’ make a run at the big prize.

    It makes me especially happy to watch a mid-mid-major school like VCU stump its opponents and silence its critics. But if they had to lose to anybody, I’m glad it was Butler.

  • Guest Column: Rick Rand

    While the just-completed legislative sessions will likely be remembered for two things – averting a crisis within Medicaid and enacting a far-reaching reform of our penal code – that should not overshadow the fact that quite a few other prominent bills are also now law.

    Since this was not a budget year, and we’re still recovering economically, most of the changes made by the General Assembly during the last few months do not involve much, if any, money.  Still, these laws will positively affect the public in ways large and small in the years ahead.

  • Maybe I am just a little bit crazy

    It occurred to me somewhere around midnight Saturday, when I woke up for the umpteenth time in less than a couple of hours. I tugged the double layer fleece blanket, wool blanket and sleeping bag down from my face and squinted at the top of my tent.

    I sat up, and realized I wasn’t imagining things. There was snow. And not just a few flakes. A bunch. I slapped and shook the tent sides to knock the snow off, while Rufus (the Mallowmar dog) kindly stole the warm spot I left behind on my sleeping bag.