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Columns

  • Libraries are a gift to us all

     

    Terry Mills

    State Representative

    Of all the gifts that Benjamin Franklin gave us, one of the most far-reaching has to be establishing the forerunner of our country's public libraries.

    They have been a mainstay in Kentucky almost from the beginning, when the first opened in 1795 at what is now Transylvania University in Lexington. Some historians believe it was also the first outside the 13 original colonies.

  • The threat of eminent domain

     

    On a frigid afternoon this past Tuesday, Dec. 10, some 65 people representing different expressions of faith gathered on the Boone Farm in Nelson County, affirming their belief that God is not pleased with what hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") is doing to his creation.

  • No shame in tears

    This particular emergency room is all too familiar to me. I know the room numbers and their location almost by memory now, having been called upon to pray here more times than I care to recall.

    But every situation is a bit different; this one caught me by the throat.

    I had known Colin since he was a pup, baptized him, watched him grow to young adulthood, and prayed over him when he left home on the way to fulfilling his dream of a military career.

  • Being Santa's helper

    For 17 Christmases now, I've been helping Santa Claus. It's been fun for me and my wife as we have searched for the presents our son has asked to have under the tree Christmas morning. But it hasn't always been easy.

    This year's must-have item at our house has been the Sony Playstation 4. The new video game system has been next to impossible to find in stores, and our search has been going on since the system released in November.

  • Political talk heats up

     

    Politics aren't for everyone, I know.

    But politics impact all of us, and Taylor County residents have a chance to be the change they want to see in the local political scene.

    Next May, Taylor Countians will go to the polls and select the candidates they want to face off in the November primary election.

    Next year, we will select a mayor and judge/executive, our sheriff and jailer, magistrates and city council members, our district and circuit court judges and state representative and senator, among other officials.

  • Reflecting on Thanksgiving

     

    Sara Beth Gregory

    State Senator

    Greetings and happy holidays from Frankfort. Although legislative committees and task forces continue to meet this month, the interim period between legislative sessions is beginning to wind down. Even while not in session, it's been a busy time hearing from many across the state about legislative issues as we approach the 2014 General Assembly.

  • Thanksgivukkah, Franksgiving or Thanksmas?

     

    It won't happen again until the year 79811. That's 77,798 years from now. So if you're Jewish, enjoy the moment.

    I'm referring to the concurrence of Thanksgiving and Hanukkah. Some American Jews are calling it Thanksgivukkah.

    Actually Hanukkah begins on the Wednesday evening before Thanksgiving, which this year falls on Nov. 28. It's a rare occasion for Jews to celebrate two holidays at once, one uniquely American - Thanksgiving - and the other singularly Jewish.

  • A time to be thankful

    Thanksgiving is near. This is the time we give thanks for all of our blessings.

    The city is very thankful that some projects are nearing completion. The renovation of the old library building into the new Campbellsville Civic Center is nearing completion.

  • Ready for the holidays

     

    I was headed to Louisville for the day. While those in the car were surfing local radio stations, the dial settled on one that surprised me. It was Louisville's all Christmas station. This was the Saturday after Halloween.

    While normally I would have started talking about how commercialized the holidays are and we can't even have a few weeks after Halloween before Thanksgiving and Christmas are at the forefront of our lives, I enjoyed the music. And it got me thinking about the upcoming holidays. And, I started to look forward to them.

  • Meant to be a marathon

     

    "If you are losing faith in human nature go out and watch a marathon."

    -Kathrine Switzer

     

    Oct. 13, 2013 - and the journey to get there - changed my life.

    That day, I, along with more than 40,000 other brave souls, ran the Chicago Marathon.

    And, during those 26.2 miles (and the 600 miles of training runs prior to the race), something inside of me changed.

    That might sound corny to some of you, but it's the truth.