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Columns

  • Here's a tip: Earn it!

    There's an old saying that goes, "You get what you pay for."

    In my opinion, the opposite holds true, especially when it comes to leaving tips at a restaurant; you pay for what you get.

    It seems today the popular thing for those in the service industry to do, especially waiters and waitresses, is to post photos of customers' receipts and call them out for the tips they leave, or don't leave.

  • The wrong kind of attention

    If you’re offended by the words you are about to read, frankly, I don’t care.

    And I’m tired of everyone being offended about everything these days.

    Granted, there are some things about which we should be offended, but most of the time, when we hear about them on TV or the Internet, those who are offended are not very well informed. I would have said they are stupid, but, well, you know.

  • Property tax tips from your PVA

    If you are like me, sometimes it can be a little overwhelming doing something that you may not do on a regular basis. For me, that "something" can be flying. I have flown a total of three times in my life, and the last time I flew was directly into Chicago. Talk about a fish out of water. Some folks feel the same way when it comes to the property tax system in Kentucky.

  • Protecting the rights of the unborn
  • Chance, or a providential meeting?

     

    A young Marine opened the flap of the tent and called out the the several Marines inside, “Is there anyone in here from Kentucky?”

    The Marines had been slogging through the mud in Okinawa some 71 years ago.

    The Marine asking the question was Robert B. Oldham, and the person who spoke up, saying, “I’m from Kentucky,” was Bruce Heilman.

  • The good in a bad resume

    In the “What’s Trending” segment on The Today Show last Friday, July 24, Savannah Guthrie reported on an advertising executive who sent out two resumes. The first was your typical resume showing successes and accomplishments.

  • Oh, baby, that's not funny!

    “Is your refrigerator running? Well, you better go catch it!”

     No, it’s not clever, but it’s one of the many lines used by kids making prank phone calls.

     I must admit, when I was a kid, years before caller ID came along, my friends and I made our fair share of prank calls. I clearly remember our last one.

  • A doggone day

    My mom’s voice cracked, then it went silent.  I looked again at my cell phone to make sure I’d called the right number.

    “Mom? Is this you?”

    The next voice I heard was that of my older brother, Mark, speaking for Mom because she couldn’t.

  • Reflecting on Memorial Day

    Memorial Day is a significant holiday in the state of Kentucky in a variety of ways. Broadly, it is the unofficial kickoff to summer with the school year winding down, vacationers descending in droves to our lakes and rivers, and warm weather and sunshine becoming the norm. While many use this holiday as a time to travel back to their hometowns for reunions and family cookouts, others use it as a time to pay respect to their lost loved ones by taking flowers to their gravesites. 

  • Memorial Day a time to remember and appreciate freedoms we have been given

    One of our greatest presidents and Kentucky native, Abraham Lincoln, once said of our country, "America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves." That quote comes to mind as we gather in the coming days to honor those who have fought and died in wars foreign and domestic to continue to guarantee the freedom that makes us the envy of other nations and their people around the world.