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Columns

  • Unemployment insurance important for many families

    When it comes to policy, unemployment insurance may not generate as many headlines as education and public safety, but for working families dealing with the loss of a job, few programs are more important. President Roosevelt signed this safety net into law 80 years ago last week as part of the Social Security Act. Since then, it has weathered numerous ups-and-downs in the economy, but beyond the Great Depression itself, none tested the system quite like the crisis that hit the country in 2008.

  • Adult education centers drive workforce development

    By Connie Goff

    Adult education centers offer a lifeline to adults who want to expand opportunities available to them. In every county across Kentucky, adult education centers offer a number of free services such as academic instruction, GED preparation, skills training and more. By reaching adults who are underemployed, unemployed or not currently in the labor market, the centers also are key partners in developing a strong workforce.

  • An open letter to our community

    By Jerry Evans
    Guest columnist

  • Re-creation

    By Rev. Carrie Mook Bridgman

    I spent last week at Logan Martin Lake in Alabama, with an unusually large collection of family and friends: my husband and son, my father-in-law, my dad and his wife, a friend of my husband’s whom we rarely see, and three (count them, three) friends of my son’s, who is about to start his senior year in high school. Not everyone was there the whole week, but the cabin was a bit full. Luckily, the weather was good, and we spent most of our time outside when not sleeping or reading on the porch.

  • Much to do around Lebanon and Springfield this weekend

    By G.B. Dixon

  • Unnatural thinking

    By Joshua C. Hicks

  • The benefits of scientific reasoning

    This week, Pastor Joshua Hicks has written a response to a column I wrote July 15. I would urge you to read that before reading this.
    Pastor Hicks and I would agree about many things, such as murdering people is wrong, people should not steal, and, we should try to help others.
    On homosexuality, we are not going to agree.

  • Be a hero

    Tyler Hamilton, 24, fought demons during his short life.
    He suffered from bi-polar disorder and drug addiction, but he had a good heart, according to his parents.
    In fact, it was his actual heart that saved the life of a teenage girl at Kosair Children’s Hospital last week.
    Tyler was an organ donor, and after his sudden and tragic death Wednesday, July 29, his heart and both of his kidneys were donated to three Kentuckians who desperately needed the organs to survive.

  • Crime in Kentucky

    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. A comparison of 2014 with 1995, for example, shows that DUIs have dropped significantly – from 33,000 then to 22,500 last year – but that drug offenses have sky-rocketed, growing from less than 18,000 to more than 58,000.

  • Reading garden will serve the community

    By Jama Watts

    Guest columnist

     

    If you’ve been in the Marion County Public Library recently, then you’re well aware of how busy we can be.  (And if you haven’t been in, why not? We’re the place to be!) Not only does MCPL serve our county’s population of 20,000, but MCPL also has patrons from the seven counties on our borders.