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Columns

  • We learned from the very best

    "An all-around newspaper man should be able to write a poem, weigh corn, discuss the tariff, umpire a ballgame, preach the Gospel, beat a lawyer, report a wedding, saw wood, describe a fire, make a dollar do the work of ten, shine at a soiree, address a horticultural society, measure calico, abuse the liquor habit, test whiskey, subscribe to charity, go without meals, attack free silver, defend bimetallism, sneer at snobbery, wear diamonds, invent advertisements, overlook scandal, praise prize babies, delight pumpkin raisers, administer to the afflicted, heal the disgruntled, fight to t

  • People crave public record

    Well, the results are in. In March, we asked readers to weigh in on the subject of public records.

    Do you read them? How interested are you in reading about them? Which of them are you more interested in?

    From speeding tickets, misdemeanors and indictments to marriages, divorces and land transfers, the News-Journal publishes a multitude of public records. And in the past few years, we have had to devote additional space for the same information we have always published.

  • The truth beats speculation

    A recently published column by a Kentucky Press Association Hotline attorney shed light on something that is commonly misunderstood - the release of the names of juveniles who appear in court records.

    The simple answer is that news organizations are protected by the First Amendment and by Kentucky law from any liability for publishing the contents of court documents.

    That's the simple answer. There are always more complex issues to weigh.

  • Advertising pays dividends

    "The codfish lays ten thousand eggs,

    The homely hen lays one.

    The codfish never cackles

    To tell you what she's done.

    And so we scorn the codfish,

    While the humble hen we prize,

    Which only goes to show you

    That it pays to advertise."

    -Anonymous

    A recent story in the Courier-Journal reminded me why we publish a newspaper - not that I'd forgotten.

    A 29-year-old candidate for Jefferson County District Judge made the news (which can also sometimes be good) because she bucked the trend on the experience-o-meter.

  • Teens show a lot of 'Insight'

    All too often, teens think that grownups don't believe they have anything to say that's important. After working with local teenagers on a monthly teen page called Insight, I can tell you this: That is simply not true.

    Steroid use by athletes. Abortion. Experiments on animals. Discrimination. Holiday shopping. Myspace. Politics. Technology. Games. Sportsmanship. You name it, and this year's Teen Board has covered it.

  • Will superdelegates fly?

    Kentucky's primary election is over, but the dust still hasn't settled.

    Shuffling through the vote counts the morning after the election was a somewhat disheartening experience for this reporter. Kentuckians came out in droves to vote, nearly doubling the pre-election turnout predictions. That's great, but that's not the problem.

    Hillary Clinton easily won the Kentucky Democratic presidential primary race. Barack Obama is claiming an overall victory. Clinton isn't conceding. The race, though the primaries are nearly over, is apparently still very much underway.

  • Hair today, gone tomorrow

    We've tried bribery. We've begged. We've pleaded. All to no avail. After all of our years together, she's leaving us.

    Yep. My family's hairstylist is retiring.

    We're panicking. And it's not just me; the kids are in a tizzy, too. With the exception of a handful of occasions when our schedules didn't mesh, no one else has ever cut our hair.

    Now, if you're a man reading this, you likely won't understand our dilemma. "What's the big deal?" you're thinking. But I can pretty much anticipate the thought from many women: "Oh, you poor girl. I feel for you!"

  • What is censorship?

    A student newspaper adviser, with whom we had a working relationship, has resigned over a disagreement that he perceived as the school administration's censorship of student work.

    The administration disagrees.

    A story in The Press, an industry newspaper published by the Kentucky Press Association, said Tom Winski chose not to renew his contract with Lindsey Wilson College after new contract language required him to review articles for the LWC student publication - The View - prior to publication.

  • The cure for loneliness

    My husband and kids say Maggie is lonely. Just exactly how they know this, I haven't a clue since Maggie can't talk.

    Maggie is our 5-month-old border collie/Labrador mix puppy. We saved her from the doggie death chamber just before Christmas and we made room in our home and our hearts for her. But now, they assure me, she is terribly lonely.

    It doesn't matter that there are two adults, three children and three cats to keep her company. The only thing, they say, that will make her "un-lonely" is another puppy. And, alas, they've found the perfect one.

  • The long-distance grandparent

    "The conscious mind allows itself to be trained like a parrot, but the unconscious does not - which is why St. Augustine thanked God for not making him responsible for his dreams."

    - Carl Gustav Jung,

    Psychology of Alchemy

    I know it's a little deep coming from a dog, but being Catholic by osmosis I thought St. Augustine might awaken me to the realization that I need to be more responsible when I'm asleep. I'm certainly not while awake.

    I think our food tray may have been spiked with Holy Water.