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Columns

  • Independence Day: A celebration of freedom and unity

     Since the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, the Fourth of July has been observed as a day for patriotism and unity. It is on this day that patriots dared to create a new form of government for a new people — a country in which freedom reigned. It is with celebration, reflection, and remembrance that we observe this Independence Day.

  • Selecting the next president

     Remember when the news gave us the bare facts – no opinion, spin or political slant? Think about it, many younger folks have never seen news in an unbiased format! It is not only how the story is presented, but also what they choose to report (or avoid) to fit their agenda. Channel surf the news a few nights and compare the stories they televise. Ask yourself, does the coverage actually address any of the serious problems in our nation? Why would any legitimate news agency align itself with one party over another?

  • Workforce Crisis Task Force encouraging employer involvement

     In June, the Lincoln Trail Workforce Development Board held its second annual Workforce Crisis Task Force Summit at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College. With about 70 employers, educators, service providers and others on hand, it was a time to share information about the task force’s work over the past year and to begin developing new plans to increase workforce participation in our region. 

  • Commonwealth attorney's job is to ‘do justice’

    Editor’s note: The following is a response to a guest column written by Tim Mattingly that appeared in last week’s edition.

     

  • Honoring vets as Independence Day approaches

     As we start the summer, I wanted to tell you about a great experience. Words can’t describe the awesome trip I recently took aboard Honor Flight Bluegrass – a nonprofit that flies veterans to Washington’s war memorials.

  • Typical types of texters

    In case you were unaware, it is now the 21st century, where people owning personal cellular devices are common. 

    We have seen these devices go from feeling like a brick, to being held in your back pocket and able to flip open. Now we have “smart phones,” where the devices are literally smarter than us, the humans who created them.  

  • Decision to keep public matters very private seems wrong
  • Humble roots and historic homes

    What would a paleo spear point, a brass union eagle medallion and petticoat doors have in common? They were found on a farm between Lebanon and Springfield. Archaeologists believe the point may be from 10,000-12,000 BC. The eagle medallion was probably removed from the leather strap of a Yankee soldier’s cartridge box on his way to Perryville in 1862, as the 2 1/2” shiny brass circle made a perfect target for rebel sharp shooters.     

  • If spaghetti for breakfast is wrong, I don’t want to be right

    They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. How can it be the most important meal for our bodies when it is socially restricted to the basics? Cereal. Oatmeal. Eggs. You get the idea.
    Tell me, why are some foods only thought of as “breakfast foods,” or “lunch foods,” or “dinner foods?” I personally think the stereotype that follows specific foods around is preposterous. I am a firm believer that every type of food should not have a specific time they should only be eaten.

  • The Stephen Foster Story is a Kentucky tradition

     Over the years, I have had the distinct pleasure of attending The Stephen Foster Story in historic Bardstown. The talented cast is always incredibly entertaining and the night flies by. The musical is truly a great Kentucky story about the life and music of one of America’s most influential songwriters, the talented Stephen Foster.