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Columns

  • Turning back the clock

    I was ashamed of myself, at how far I'd let myself go. As I lay at the bottom of the stairwell, my doctor's advice to lose weight or lose my knee repeatedly looped in my head.

    But I'm getting ahead of myself.

    Every once in a while, I get a story that makes an impression upon me. Don't misunderstand me, I take all of my stories seriously, but some of them just hit closer to home.

  • At least the nest isn't empty ... yet

    I'm not a big fan of clichés or trite sayings, but every now and then one simply fits a particular occasion.

    This is one of those times.

    My oldest bird has "flown the coop." In other words, Cameron, my eldest child, is now a college freshman. Oh, I'm sure he'll be home often, dirty laundry in tow as most are, but he officially has his own residence now. And while it may be still in the same town, it's under a different roof.

  • A harsh statistic

    The numbers are staggering.

    There have been 15 sex crime arrests this year, the same as for the entire 2010 calendar year.

    Local officials told me that they believe the crimes aren't being committed more often, it's just that people today are more likely to report the crimes.

    I can understand that. But if we have even one more arrest this year, our statistic will be increasing.

  • Help us end the tragedy of drunk driving

    As long as I've been a prosecutor, I've never gotten used to the sorrow I feel when I'm called to the scene of a crash where a young person has died due to alcohol-impaired driving.

    These accidents happen far too often: In 2009, alcohol-impaired-driving fatalities accounted for 32 percent of the total motor vehicle traffic fatalities in the United States. That means an average of one alcohol-impaired-driving fatality happened every 48 minutes. This senseless loss of human life is a daily reality all over America, year after year.

  • Be careful who you vote for

    Is Obama on the way out?

    That's the message sent out on the airwaves by the 24-hour news networks this past weekend.

    I'm not sure if President Barack Obama is destined to be a one-term president, but I am certain that many of the "reporters" on these network have mistaken opinion for facts.

    I've said here before that I'm not a political junky. Heck, I'd rather watch American Pickers than a political debate.

    Still, I occasionally get sucked into the hoopla, and this past weekend was certainly one of those cases.

  • Summer intern gives her perspective on community newspapers

    Before being given the opportunity to intern for the Central Kentucky News-Journal, I had lived in Campbellsville for about three years. With that said, my impression of the city was one I will not share - because I was wrong.

    I started realizing that there was more to Campbellsville than Wal-Mart and Campbellsville University on day one of my internship. Campbellsville may be small, but the community here falls nothing short of having a big heart.

  • Share your memories

    The News-Journal's "Early Days" column has always been popular. And the 10 decades of 100th anniversary special sections we published last year were well liked by readers, too.

    But if anyone had asked me how popular a new Facebook group called "You're probably from Taylor County if ..." would be, I'd never have gotten the answer right.

    Unbelievable. Amazing. Fun.

  • The end of the world as I know it

    Another store is closing ... this time one of my absolute favorites. And I'm crushed. Plain and simple.

    I wrote in this space in March about the closing of some Borders bookstores and how sad that made me. Well, Borders is now closing all of its doors.

    Here is my eulogy to the store that housed some of the greatest stories ever.

    I told you in my March column that I wouldn't be going back to Borders. And I didn't plan to. It was just too sad to know that my favorite Borders store was no longer in business.

  • Minimum-wage earners falling further behind

    Two years ago this week, 4.5 million of America's workers enjoyed a modest pay increase, as the federal minimum wage rose from $6.55 to $7.25 an hour. The increase was the final of a three-step boost enacted in 2007. Of those getting a bump in pay, more than three-quarters were adults, nearly two-thirds were women, and nearly half a million were single parents with children younger than 18. 

  • Without you, we're lost

    We have been Taylor County's hometown community newspaper since 1910. And we want our readers to feel as if they have an ownership and vested interest in their local paper.

    After all, what we publish is about you, for you and because of you. Without you, our readers, we wouldn't have any reason to do what we do.

    In an effort to make our readers feel more of a part of their hometown newspaper, we have come up with some new projects that we're going to be rolling out over the next few months and we hope you will like them.