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Columns

  • New library creates a buzz

     

    Stepping in the front door, I am reminded of a bookstore.

    Bookstores are one of my favorite places on Earth because the possibilities there are endless.

    In this building, there isn’t much for sale, but the resemblance to a bookstore is obvious.

    There are corners to read quietly, magazines to peruse, coffee to sip and the smell of new books in the air.

    It’s peaceful, shiny and bright.

  • Torn between two popes?

    Some predicted the meeting between newly elected Pope Francis I and his predecessor, Benedict XVI, would be awkward. After all, the Roman Catholic Church hasn’t had a pope resign in 600 years. What would the two men say to each other?

    Would Benedict tell Pope Francis what he should and shouldn’t be doing? Would the former pope be looking over the new pope’s shoulder? And would the new pope feel threatened, even resentful?

    Would people find themselves torn between two popes?

  • Brake for animals on the highway

     

    Spring — the season of love, renewal, blooming flowers — and here in Kentucky, it’s also when we’ll see many animals lying dead in the road after being struck by vehicles.

    In their search to find food, water, shelter and mates, animals must cross roads.

    Unfortunately, rabbits, cats and skunks don’t know the importance of looking both ways first. The verdict’s still out on turtles, but they’re so slow that looking both ways offers minimal protection at best.

  • A day of 'cleaning up' Campbellsville

    Certainly no one, including me, discounts the important and difficult work our sanitation crews do to keep our city clean and healthy.

    I recently learned that firsthand one morning when I showed up to work at 4:45 a.m. at the Sanitation Department. It just so happened that they were one person short that day. I tried to fill that spot, but may have been more of a hindrance to them. I had a lot to learn in a short amount of time.

    We hung on to the rails on the back of the truck in spite of the dark, cold and rainy morning.

  • Divine intervention

    Some of the customers I sell to, I get to be friends with. The other day, I called on one that had just gotten out of the hospital.

    I sat a spell while he told me about his ordeal in the hospital and his brush with death. I thought it was worth repeating. It reminded me that prayer is the greatest healer and lives can be changed with it. I hope I can do this story justice, as I’m writing from my memory alone.

    I was surprised at how well he was able to put his thoughts and feelings into words so soon after that kind of ordeal.

  • One growing up, another growing older

    In my family, there are changes happening on both ends of the spectrum.

    On one end, my son, Michael, who just turned 16, is learning to drive. He has been so excited since getting his driver’s permit, and no matter how short or long the trip we are taking, he always wants to get behind the wheel.

  • The curse of the computer

    I was in bed asleep when the phone rang. I picked it up and said a groggy “hello.”

    When I am awakened by the telephone, I sound a little like Jimmy Duranty, the deceased comedian, or so I’ve been told.

    A voice came through from the other end. A taped voice.

  • Mayor works alongside city workers

     

    The Campbellsville Water Co. has recently begun construction of a new one-million-gallon water storage tank near KY 55.

    The foundation stage is well under way. Next will be the building of the concrete pedestal. Then the third stage is the construction of the tank itself. It will be built and lifted into position.

    Once the new tank is completed, two older tanks will be dismantled. The new tank will improve water quality, water pressure and water storage capacity for the entire community.

  • February has a lot to offer

     

    On Groundhog’s Day, Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow, so we should anticipate an early spring.

    We also will be celebrating Valentine’s Day and President’s Day. We should not forget our loved ones on Valentine’s Day and we should honor our past presidents and ask Congress to work together and with President Obama during his second term, not only for the United States, but for us here locally.

    I would have to commend all of the county entities with their work on getting our roads drivable on Jan. 25.

  • Stan the Man: A baseball legend

     

    “Heroes get remembered, but legends never die. Follow your heart, kid, and you’ll never go wrong.”
    — “The Sandlot” (1993)

    A great American legend, and one of my heroes, was buried last week. But “Stan the Man” Musial was more than a hero, he was and remains a legend. And legends live on, influencing those who come behind them, inspiring new acts of courage and goodness.

    Though dead, Stan Musial lives on.