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Columns

  • Differences don't have to hold us back

     

    Inspired. That is the best word to describe my feelings after recently meeting and writing about two young members of our community.

    The first, sixth-grader Terry Cook, was seriously burned in a fire and is still coping with the life-changing effects six years later. The second, Autumn Anderson, is a senior at Taylor County High School and will soon be heading to the NASCAR Technical Institute in North Carolina to train to become a mechanic.

  • Following the faith example

    The evils of racism are expressed in the words we speak and the mores we establish. And both emerge from the illusion of superiority.

    Jackie Robinson, as a black American in the 1940s and 1950s, was thrown into the fire of both when he entered Major League Baseball in 1947, breaking the sport’s color barrier. The movie, “42,” named after Robinson’s jersey number, depicts the dramatic events of that year.

  • Why no alcohol sales on Sundays?

    Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
    - The First Amendment,
    Constitution of the United States of America

  • City working on water tank, lines

     

    Tony Young

    Campbellsville Mayor

    If you drive south on KY 55 toward Columbia, you should look over to the right near the UPS and Clarcor facilities.

    You can see lots of progress on the construction of the new 1-million-gallon water storage tank.

    There has been a vast amount of concrete and steel put into place already. The foundation is totally complete and the support structure is about 50 percent complete.

  • New library creates a buzz

     

    Stepping in the front door, I am reminded of a bookstore.

    Bookstores are one of my favorite places on Earth because the possibilities there are endless.

    In this building, there isn’t much for sale, but the resemblance to a bookstore is obvious.

    There are corners to read quietly, magazines to peruse, coffee to sip and the smell of new books in the air.

    It’s peaceful, shiny and bright.

  • Torn between two popes?

    Some predicted the meeting between newly elected Pope Francis I and his predecessor, Benedict XVI, would be awkward. After all, the Roman Catholic Church hasn’t had a pope resign in 600 years. What would the two men say to each other?

    Would Benedict tell Pope Francis what he should and shouldn’t be doing? Would the former pope be looking over the new pope’s shoulder? And would the new pope feel threatened, even resentful?

    Would people find themselves torn between two popes?

  • Brake for animals on the highway

     

    Spring — the season of love, renewal, blooming flowers — and here in Kentucky, it’s also when we’ll see many animals lying dead in the road after being struck by vehicles.

    In their search to find food, water, shelter and mates, animals must cross roads.

    Unfortunately, rabbits, cats and skunks don’t know the importance of looking both ways first. The verdict’s still out on turtles, but they’re so slow that looking both ways offers minimal protection at best.

  • A day of 'cleaning up' Campbellsville

    Certainly no one, including me, discounts the important and difficult work our sanitation crews do to keep our city clean and healthy.

    I recently learned that firsthand one morning when I showed up to work at 4:45 a.m. at the Sanitation Department. It just so happened that they were one person short that day. I tried to fill that spot, but may have been more of a hindrance to them. I had a lot to learn in a short amount of time.

    We hung on to the rails on the back of the truck in spite of the dark, cold and rainy morning.

  • Divine intervention

    Some of the customers I sell to, I get to be friends with. The other day, I called on one that had just gotten out of the hospital.

    I sat a spell while he told me about his ordeal in the hospital and his brush with death. I thought it was worth repeating. It reminded me that prayer is the greatest healer and lives can be changed with it. I hope I can do this story justice, as I’m writing from my memory alone.

    I was surprised at how well he was able to put his thoughts and feelings into words so soon after that kind of ordeal.

  • One growing up, another growing older

    In my family, there are changes happening on both ends of the spectrum.

    On one end, my son, Michael, who just turned 16, is learning to drive. He has been so excited since getting his driver’s permit, and no matter how short or long the trip we are taking, he always wants to get behind the wheel.