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Columns and Editorials

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Chamber transitions to new leadership

    by Paul Cole, Henry County Chamber of Commerce executive director

  • 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.

  • Connecting Kentucky to the world

    Three months ago, when the Washington Post ran a story comparing peak broadband internet speeds among the states, the news for Kentucky was not good: We came in last, behind Arkansas.  Our rate is half of what can be found in Virginia, which placed second.

  • Protecting our road funds

    At a recent House Rules committee hearing, one of my colleagues from New York declared that the potholes in the roads in her district are so bad, “you can lose your car in them.”  Kentuckians and Americans from all over the country agree. It is long past time that something was done to address the deplorable state of the highways and infrastructure in this country. 

  • Outdoor events always at mercy of Mother Nature

    A good event planner thinks of everything. After choosing a date, picking just the right venue, setting a schedule, lining up participants and volunteers, there are hundreds of emails and phone calls to confirm all the plans and be as ready as possible for the big day.

    Despite all efforts, there is one aspect of the day that even the best planner has absolutely no control over – the weather.

  • Men: It's okay to hug your dad on Father's Day

    Editor’s Note: The following column from Joe Yates, Average Joe, is reprinted by request.

  • Cruising the insect superhighway

    If there’s one interstate I regret not having easy access to, it’s the so-called bug superhighway meant to facilitate millions of monarchs migrating from wintering grounds in Mexico to patches of milkweed in the Midwest.

    Developing a long garden spot to shepherd these butterflies on their 3,000-mile round-trip journey to reproduce is the centerpiece of the new federal plan meant to curb the steep drop in monarch numbers.