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Columns and Editorials

  • County will miss Moore as agent

    I was hacking away at knee-high weeds that were blanketing my garden, leaving a swath of herbicular carnage in my wake when I noticed a car slow, then pull into my driveway.

    I couldn’t see who got out of the car, but I had a sharp garden tool in my hand, so I felt confident I could protect myself against whatever threat was about to pose itself to me.

    “Hello there, Melissa,” said a friendly voice making its way into my weedy nightmare.

  • Thankfully there is no escape from our loving God

    I’ve been in county jails and state prisons to visit inmates.  As a high school sophomore, I toured Missouri’s maximum prison in Jefferson City, Missouri.  On that trip, I got my one and only glimpse of the gas chamber, which was then Missouri’s chosen means of execution.  

    Being inside and hearing doors lock behind you is an eerie experience, even for a visitor.  Even the thought of being locked up with no opportunity to escape gives me the willies.  

  • Phone company president supports new communications laws

    In my travels across the Commonwealth, I hear from folks excited about their new smartphones, their modern tablets, and their high-speed Internet connections at home.  I interact with businesses that are thriving because of their modern broadband connectivity, both wired and wireless. 

  • Get your motor running - not

    Simple as it is, my first ever carport is doing its job — sparing me from the worst ravages of winter.

    In the latest proof that “it’s better to be lucky than good,” the only move-in-ready house we could find in our relocation last year also provided an overhang just big enough to squeeze both our Chevys under.

    I haven’t had to suffer frozen fingers or numbness from scraping frost off my windshield even once, despite the Midwestern chill.

  • Kentucky lost a 'true statesman' in Ford

    Late last week, Kentucky lost one of its true statesmen with the passing of former U.S. Senator Wendell Ford.

    Since then, there have been numerous accolades about his many accomplishments in Washington, D.C. – from helping to write and pass the Family and Medical Leave Act to promoting Kentucky’s signature coal and tobacco industries – but it is worth noting that several actions taken during his time as governor continue to benefit Kentuckians today.

  • Breaking through the glass ceiling

    There’s a quote that says, “Well-behaved women rarely make history.”

    If that is the case, I was witness to a very rare history-making event and I almost missed it.

    At the beginning of last week’s Henry County Public Schools Board of Education meeting, Miranda Clubb was named the chair of the board. It was an agenda item that could have easily been overlooked and it happened so quickly and quietly, I had little time to jump up and grab a quick picture to preserve the moment.

  • Senate passes four bills in first week of session

    By Paul Hornback, State Senator

    “Creating Kentucky jobs and strengthening Kentucky families” — this is how our caucus defined the overall goals of the Senate this session, and I’m proud to report that four of our priority bills to accomplish those objectives passed the Senate in our first week and are now on the way to the House.

  • Mesker: a legacy cast in iron

    Unexpectedly, I felt a burst of Evansville, Ind., hometown pride while talking to New Castle Main Street Manager Jeff Thoke last week.

    It didn’t occur to me while seeking the history of the city’s Locker building — on which there’s still a lot of blanks to fill in, if anybody out there would like to help — several artifacts from 160 miles away would turn up.

  • Stewardship of land and animals taken seriously

     

    Sometimes I say it just to see how people will react.

    “I raise hogs,” I say.

  • Post-Christmas question: Is this all there is?

     

    As I sit to write this, the sun, which has been absent too many days, is shining brightly and streaming in through my window.  Just outside the window a redbird perches on a fence, taking in the brilliance of the sun and reflecting it through his red feathers.