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Columns

  • Goodbye 2016

    I don’t know about the rest of you, but 2016 has been a year of extremes for me. To quote Charles Dickens, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”
    This year, I was a part-time garbage man trying to thaw the icicles from my eyelashes, and now I am a full-time journalist, cozy in my office with a hot mug of coffee.
    It’s sort of a representation of how this year has been. The first half of 2016 was the complete opposite of the second half.

  • Good news

    Good news.
    While bad news seems to get more attention (and sell more newspapers), I love reporting good news.

  • Just keep showing up

    It’s not Christmas Day yet, and I’ve already started on my list of New Year’s resolutions.
    Yeah, yeah… I know what you’re thinking… I can hear you muttering under your breath. “Oh, great. Here she goes with her motivational mumbo jumbo. Blah, blah, blah. Gag.”
    First of all, that’s not nice.
    Second of all, this is actually new for me.

  • Santa for a season

    I didn’t know what I was getting myself into when I put on the big red suit. I didn’t know the responsibility. The power.
    I was a poor college kid looking for an extra few bucks for the holidays and along came my then girlfriend, Emily, with a job opportunity. Somehow, she had connections with Santa’s workshop at the Paducah Mall and they were desperate for a Santa Claus.

  • Kentucky has been blessed with many ‘presents’ in 2016

    During the holidays, most of us probably don’t give much thought to the origin of the traditions common during this time of year. We put up Christmas trees, take our children to see Santa and sing carols because that’s what we’ve done for generations.

  • Career center offers full lineup of no-cost job search services

    By CARTER DYSON

    When I tell people I work for the Kentucky Career Center – Lincoln Trail, I’m often rewarded by their familiarity with the organization’s services. However, I am occasionally met with a look of uncertainty, and it’s almost always because someone has long referred to the career center as the unemployment office.
    While unemployment insurance assistance is a vital service to many of the job seekers who visit our center, it is just one of the many offerings available.

  • Chronicling our lives through video

    Memories are a funny thing. They can evoke positive and negative emotions alike. They make us laugh, they make us cry. Sometimes they surprise us when we realize they have been locked away in the vault of our minds, only to be freed by a story from your parents or grandparents, or by a smell in the air, or a sound you haven’t heard since you were a child.

  • Kentucky is making progress for its children

    For more than a quarter-century now, Kentucky Youth Advocates has taken an in-depth look at the well-being of the commonwealth’s children, giving us a valuable year-to-year comparison in such critical areas as health, education and economic security.

  • Trashy Holidays!

    There’s nothing like spending the holidays on the back of a garbage truck, the wind forming icicles in my hair, the stench of goodness-knows-what filling my nostrils. It’s particularly a good workout the week after Thanksgiving when people start throwing away all of their leftovers, the bags often weighing more than I do.

  • How REAL ID compliance could affect you

    Many of you may recall an issue the Kentucky General Assembly discussed in the 2016 Session, known as “REAL ID,” which requires Kentucky to meet modern federal regulation standards on the issuance of identification. Known as Senate Bill (SB) 245 in the 2016 session, the bill passed both the Senate and the House but was ultimately vetoed by Governor Bevin because of concerns will the bill’s future implications.