• Sadly, we're no longer shocked


    News of the deadly shooting in a Colorado movie theater awaited us all as we got out of bed Friday morning.

    Shocked. Stunned. Speechless.

    Well, sort of.

    It’s sad, but it’s true. We have so many things of this nature — violent, cruel and senseless acts — that take place in our world these days, we are seldom truly surprised.

    We certainly don’t expect these violent acts, but wicked people cross the lines of normalcy so often these days, it’s hard to feel completely surprised.

  • The unanswered question in theater number nine



    It’s the first question I asked, and likely the one you first asked, too.

    It still echoes from theater number nine in the Century 16 Theater in Aurora, Colo., where 12 people were murdered and 58 injured.

    And it’s the one question we will never completely know.

  • Finding a cure for cancer


    We all have a story. Now we can all be part of changing that story.

    Taylor Regional Hospital is doing something very exciting. They are participating in an American Cancer Society study to help pinpoint what causes cancer.

    Can you imagine a world without cancer? I hope I live to see that day.

    I still remember how I felt when I heard my grandfather, and then later my grandmother, had cancer. I had a feeling that their lifespan would be cut short by the terrible disease.

  • When it comes to marriage, religion matters


    It’s wedding season, and May through August are the most popular months for marriage ceremonies. Planning a wedding, depending on the elaborateness of the ceremony and number of guests attending, can involve months of preparation. Thriving in a marriage is a lifelong project, filled with challenges. Somebody said in marriage there are three rings: engagement ring, wedding ring and suffering.

  • Task force looking at pensions


    Jimmy Higdon

    State Senator

    There’s been a lot of media attention lately, both locally and nationally, about states’ public pensions.

    Kentucky isn’t immune to the pension issues many other states are facing.

    The Commonwealth’s public pension systems administer retirement and retiree health benefits to more than 475,000 current and former employees. As of June 2011, the unfunded liability of those systems was more than $30 billion.

  • Volunteers are crucial to a community


    Jimmy Higdon

    State Senator

    On a recent trip to Raleigh, N.C., I saw a statue dedicated to the Good Samaritan. Of course it called to mind the parable in the Bible about the Samaritan who graciously cared for the wounded beggar on the side of the road.

    But it also reminded me of all the folks today who give of themselves to make a difference and strengthen their communities. Our volunteers.

  • Community improvements


    Tony Young

    Campbellsville Mayor

    When I was a young boy, my father would drive around the block three or four times downtown to find a parking space. There wasn’t a vacant store in downtown at that time. After shopping centers and strip malls became popular, our downtown stores began to move to those areas. But recent efforts to revitalize downtown have reversed that trend.

  • June a hot, busy month


    Eddie Rogers

    Taylor County Judge/Executive

    This past June has been an unseasonably hot and dry month. Due to the extremely dry conditions, we have to be very careful during this time.  I have talked with the Division of Forestry and, if needed, we would announce a burn ban.

    I always go along with the recommendations from the governor’s office on issues such as this.

  • Pick it up and read it!

    No, I don’t mean the Bible, although I read it every day.

    But for now, I’m referring to the newspaper.

    “Ahh, the newspaper,” you say. “You mean that old dinosaur of the printed era that’s somehow managed to stay alive, despite its shrinking advertising revenue and a dwindling subscriber base?”

    Despite rumors of its demise, the newspaper is surviving, and in some instances, thriving.

  • Auctioning memories


    “I’ve got $1, will anybody give me $2?”

    For the most part, no one would.

    It was painful to watch the man who didn’t know my family selling my family’s possessions to the highest bidder.

    My family auctioned my grandfather’s home and his possessions earlier this month. We had to.