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Columns

  • Mic is on and yes, you're on the record

    There are certain things in life one can count on happening just about 100 percent of the time - buttered toast, when dropped to the floor, will land buttered-side down. And politicians will continue to need to remember that when standing before a microphone in a public forum, the mic is always on and yes, what they say is on the record - forever.

    Because of the wide-spread use of technology to disseminate information, the public can either read about or listen to politicians when they misspeak.

    You no doubt remember George W. Bush's first awkward live mic moment.

  • To heck with good grammar

    "Not even a school teacher notices bad grammar in a compliment."

    After lunch the other day with my husband, I opened a fortune cookie with that message inside. And, for some reason, that message kept popping back to mind throughout the rest of the day.

    Here at the News-Journal, we regularly receive complaints that run the gamut between not enough coverage all the way to too much of it. But in the past couple of weeks, several readers have taken the time to send us compliments.

    Maybe that's why the fortune cookie message stuck in my mind.

  • Should this be the end of American Idol?

    I'm disappointed. I used to love the show and set my schedule around it. I watched every Tuesday and Wednesday, without fail. There's so much about American Idol I love.

    It gives the average person a chance at stardom. It makes "Crystal Bowersox" a household name.

    It makes Andrew Garcia's interpretation of "Straight Up" a well-Googled phrase and a YouTube phenomenon.

    For those like me who love ... love ... music, this show is like going into a candy store with no possibility of diabetic shock.

    But, as I said, I'm disappointed.

  • Goodbye, Campbellsville

    Six years ago I moved my family to Campbellsville. Our Bishop had appointed me to serve as the pastor of First United Methodist Church. At that time my wife Debbie and I had two children, Ariel and Alexander. Ariel was ready for seventh grade and Alexander had not learned to walk yet.

  • Goodbye, Campbellsville

    Six years ago I moved my family to Campbellsville. Our Bishop had appointed me to serve as the pastor of First United Methodist Church. At that time my wife Debbie and I had two children, Ariel and Alexander. Ariel was ready for seventh grade and Alexander had not learned to walk yet.

  • Cal's Cats score, but not in classroom

    The University of Kentucky's 4-year, $32 million dollar man hired to rejuvenate the men's basketball program has succeeded in satisfying the Big Blue Nation's desire to be the best in the nation - or at least as close as West Virginia let them get to the top.

    No one can argue that Coach Cal hasn't restored the shine and luster to what the Cats do on the court.

    But someone, preferably Athletic Director Mitch Barnhart, should at least raise an eyebrow at how Cal's Cats are performing in the hallowed halls of academics at UK.

  • Just keep swimming

    I have heard several authors speak in the past few months, and they have generally said writers should write what they know. So here's what I know.

    Keep in mind that what I know is going to be simply a rambling of my thoughts at the moment ... Tuesday just before lunchtime.

  • Thoughts on the election

    The primary election is history, and what an election it was.

    As usual, my predictions were mostly all wrong, proving that if I had ever placed wagers on such things, I'd surely be living on a friend's sofa by now.

    I tend not to get too excited about elections. I do enjoy covering them as a reporter, but I seldom get too wrapped up in the results.

  • A little advice for legislators

    I must tip my hat to our State Rep. John "Bam" Carney. When he ran for office, Carney vowed that he would not accept his pay in the event of a special session.

    A noble gesture to be sure, but it also could have been one of those bold promises many candidates make and so soon forget.

    But now, with a special session looming, Carney has said he'll split his salary among the senior citizens centers in Taylor and Adair counties. Not only is Carney following through with his promise, he seems to be one-upping himself.

  • From murder to the Depression

    Murder, symbolism and mysteries were the topics at the April 18 meeting of the CKNJ Bookmarks reading group.

    Several of us - including four new visitors - discussed the group's most recent book choice, "The Lost Symbol" by Dan Brown.

    For Dan Brown fans, "The Lost Symbol" has more of all the suspense, mystery and puzzles that he has become known for. There are also several unexpected twists and turns.

    Next up on the Bookmarks' reading list is "Rainwater" by Sandra Brown.