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Columns

  • Bunning took time to talk baseball

     

    I’ve always tried to be a good citizen, and I keep up with what’s going on in our country. I like to be informed, and I think it’s also part of my job.

    Still, I’ve never been one to sit and talk politics at great length.

    That’s why a visit from a U.S. Senator to my newspaper office many years ago turned into a good old-fashioned baseball chat. And that’s a subject I can talk about all day long.

  • CU athletes deserve to compete on a level playing field

     

    I didn’t see him complain, but I think Clayton Embry had to feel a little slighted this past weekend.

    Embry is a thrower on the Campbellsville University track and field team, and he placed second in the Mid-South Conference meet at the University of the Cumberlands.

    Why would he feel slighted? Well, because he finished second in the hammer throw, not to a student-athlete, but to a coach.

  • Tough losses for the track and field family

    You’ve heard it said about things before, but in this case, it’s really true; track and field is like one big family.

    My son is a thrower (shot put, hammer) at Georgetown College, which is in the Mid-South Conference, with Campbellsville University and Lindsey Wilson College. He’s in his second year, and my wife and I attend every meet, whether it’s nearby or far away. It’s just what we do.

  • Shining a light on opioid issue

    As I stood there in the sanctuary of First Cumberland Presbyterian Church Sunday night, with the lights completely out and the only light in the room illuminating from several candles burning, I thought about the significance of what was happening in the moment.

    This was not any ordinary church service that I attended on a random Sunday evening in April. This was a service dedicated to providing prayer and support for those struggling in the chains of addiction and those who have loved ones struggling.

  • All the youthfulness you need

    “Hume Cronyn,” she said, squinting her eyes in my direction.
    I was standing in the grocery store aisle.
    “Excuse me?” I responded, clueless about what she meant. “Hugh?”
    “Hume, Hume,” she emphasized, “Hume Cronyn, the actor. You look like him.”
    This was a bit unusual, at least for me. I’m not used to being stopped by a complete stranger in the grocery store and learning that I look like someone I’ve never heard of.

  • I was just along for the run

     

  • Old friends - the best friends

    We span the decades; these old friends of mine.
    “We’re planning to go to the Kentucky Derby. Got any suggestions?” they called and asked me several months ago.
    I didn’t have any, really, other than my sage advice for them to avoid the crowds as much as possible.
    “You haven’t changed,” Cindy laughed. “On the way back, we’ll be there for Sunday worship with you.”
    Which they did, much to my delight.

  • Remembering 'The Champ'

     

    Muhammad Ali was not only a boxing legend, he was a legendary Kentuckian, and perhaps the most famous and recognizable American of his time.

    Sadly, the man known by people around the world as “The Greatest” lost his final fight last week, the one he had been waging against Parkinson’s Disease for years.

  • Having an attitude of gratitude

    When the waiter first told us someone had picked up our check, I didn’t understand him.

    “You mean our check is at the counter?”

    “No sir, someone paid for it,” he repeated.

    “Someone paid for it,” Lori echoed his words to me, slowly enunciating each syllable like she was talking to someone who had difficulty hearing.

    The waiter pointed to the booth next to us, as if I needed further clarification: “They did it,” he said.

  • Who stole my Cracker Jack prize?

    Remember as a kid, when you’d open a box of Cracker Jacks? Sure, the popcorn and peanuts in the box are delicious, but that’s probably not why you wanted them when you were 6 or 7 years old.

    At least that was the case for me. Nope, it was all about the prize.