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  • A new life

    By James Roberts

    Landmark News Service

  • Seek many sources, then vote

    Last week, the Republican party held its national convention. This week, the Democratic party is holding one, too.
    Once upon a time, the conventions meant something. The parties sometimes did not know who their candidate would be until the week of the convention. Today, the nominees are known several months ahead of the conventions, and that turns the conventions into nothing more than glorified infomercials.

  • Turleman-iacs

    The first time I met Ernie Brown Jr., a.k.a. Turtleman, he swept me off my feet.

    Literally.

    He does that to many women, apparently. In fact, it's become one of his signature moves. And it's just one of the many reasons why he's become a worldwide sensation.

    Sure, he catches snapping turtles and other wild creatures with his bare hands, but I've discovered that his fans love him for many other reasons besides his turtle catching abilities.

  • Building obstacles in order to overcome them

    Overcoming obstacles can be a challenge for anyone. Creating them, well, that's something else all together.

    Yet, that's exactly what Marion County JROTC students were doing this past weekend. On Saturday, students and their instructors constructed the first part of what they plan to be an obstacle course.

    They started with a 15-foot rope climb, a low crawl, a balance beam series and a six-foot wall. The plan is to add another dozen obstacles before the course is complete.

  • Turleman-iacs

    The first time I met Ernie Brown Jr., a.k.a. Turtleman, he swept me off my feet.
    Literally.
    He does that to many women, apparently. In fact, it's become one of his signature moves. And it's just one of the many reasons why he's become a worldwide sensation.
    Sure, he catches snapping turtles and other wild creatures with his bare hands, but I've discovered that his fans love him for many other reasons besides his turtle catching abilities.

  • Building obstacles in order to overcome them

    Overcoming obstacles can be a challenge for anyone. Creating them, well, that's something else all together.
    Yet, that's exactly what Marion County JROTC students were doing this past weekend. On Saturday, students and their instructors constructed the first part of what they plan to be an obstacle course.
    They started with a 15-foot rope climb, a low crawl, a balance beam series and a six-foot wall. The plan is to add another dozen obstacles before the course is complete.

  • Do veterans deserve a discount?

    A question arose recently concerning businesses offering discounts to veterans. Should businesses offer, or better yet, should business owners feel obligated to offer a vet a discount on goods and services?
    Let me say that I hold the highest respect for the men and women who served and are now serving in  the armed forces of the United States.
    I especially appreciate the service of Vietnam vets who weren't treated with the utmost respect either during the war or after it ended with the fall of Saigon on April 30, 1975.

  • Scrutiny is not dying

    I have to acknowledge a random stranger for some motivation and inspiration.
    Last Tuesday I was in Frankfort, and while I waited for Mike Haydon's memorial service to begin, a man behind me was engaged in a conversation that piqued my interest.
    The word "scrutiny" is what drew me in.
    The man, who I didn't know, was telling those around him that now was a good time to do something because there was less scrutiny than in the past because newspapers were going broke.
    Now, let me put a few things out there before I dissect what I heard.

  • Evolving education

    A group of Kentucky legislators are questioning proposed education standards for Kentucky students. Apparently, in order to meet national education standards, students should be taught about evolution.
    For a few legislators, this is too much, or it's maybe not enough.
    "I would hope that creationism is presented as a theory in the classroom, in a science classroom, alongside evolution," Sen. David Givens, R-Greensburg, told the Lexington Herald-Leader last week.

  • State cracking down on pain pill abuse

    Kentucky is facing a prescription drug abuse epidemic. You've likely already heard the statistics. Approximately one thousand Kentuckians die each year - that's about three a day - from pain pill overdose. Some reports estimate that one in three Kentuckians has a friend or family member who they say is struggling with prescription drug addiction.