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Columns

  • Hair today, gone tomorrow

    Katie Irwin was just another name on a list - a rather long list - of people willing to have their heads shaved to help kids fight cancer.

    I didn't know Irwin before March 15th and still don't, really. But I feel close to her - a member of the hairless brother/sisterhood, if you will.

    Irwin is the Campbellsville University junior who baby-sits Max and Heather Wise's children - Grayson, Jackson and Carter. The latter is the 10-month-old in the midst of a battery of cancer treatments for something called Stage IV neuroblastoma.

  • Wherefore art thou?

    I'll admit, it was a little odd to be talking Shakespeare with a class of third-graders. Especially since they knew more than I did.

    I was a guest Monday of Becky Grant's third-grade class at Taylor County Elementary School. I was there to talk with the students about their performance the day before of Shakespeare's infamous tragedy, "Romeo and Juliet." And what a performance it was.

  • Hold that newspaper obituary

    For years community newspapers have been riding the coattails of metropolitan dailies. The ride hasn't been all that great.

    Nationally, newspaper readership has taken its share of hits and criticisms. But what we knew in the community journalism business was never allowed to make forecasting reports because the data from our sector was jaded by the dailies, where a different story was emerging.

  • Putting public record on the record

    From speeding tickets, misdemeanors and indictments to marriages, divorces and land transfers, the News-Journal publishes a myriad of public records.

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

    We honestly want to know what you think.

    That's why the Central Kentucky News-Journal is conducting a reader survey about public records. We would appreciate your opinion on the content of the News-Journal's On the Record page - what you read, what you don't read and what you think about it.

  • The pickup deserves its own praise on National Agriculture Day

    March 20 is the first day of spring, and it's also National Agriculture Day.

    And that means it's an appropriate time to salute our local farmers.

    I could write volumes about tobacco quotas and foreign imports and the need to buy American, and how our farmers are struggling to keep the rest of us fat and prosperous.

    But I'm not going to do that.

    I've decided it's time another icon of American self-reliance and rural independence received some appreciation. And I don't think farmers will mind at all.

    It's something near and dear to each and every one of them.

  • End of writers' strike is welcome relief

    For the last three months, I've tried to balance feelings of relief and frustration over the Hollywood writers' strike.

  • Choosing a candidate as easy as 1-2-3

    The presidential race is certainly becoming an interesting one. Like most of America, I've watched several debates between the candidates, checked out their Web sites and read all the news stories I could find, just trying to get a handle on which of the candidates would be best for the job.

    Little did I know the answer was so easy.

    At www.votechooser.com, it was all there for me, presented in easy-to-read terms. All I had to do was answer 10 questions and I would learn which candidate I should vote for in 2008.

    Hmmm.

    So I tried it. And boy was I surprised.

  • Will Kentucky voters be shut out?

    As I drove down Bardstown Road, a large yard sign caught my eye the other day - "Yes We Can" it touted in big red and blue letters. Beside it another sign - Barack Obama '08.

    It's nice to see folks finding a presidential candidate that they want to support and feeling good enough about it to shout it from their front yard (via signage) to the world.

    The bad thing is that by the time this poor person gets to vote in Kentucky's late May Primary, the decision for the Democratic and Republican party's contenders for the White House will likely already be decided.

  • Enjoy a good book with friends

    Do you enjoy a good book? Would you love to have a chance to talk to others who're reading the same book? Well, you may soon get that chance.

    The Central Kentucky News-Journal is interested in sponsoring a community book group. With help from the Taylor County Public Library and the Taylor County Extension Office, the group would meet once every few months.

    There would be no membership or mandatory attendance or even dues. Just a group of people getting together to talk about a great book.

  • The psychology of good behavior

    The other night when I mysteriously picked up a pair of socks and tossed them in the dirty clothes hamper, my wife simultaneously tossed me a sardine from a can she had opened earlier in the day.

    I thought to myself ... is she trying to reinforce good habits? I also thought she should have had crackers and mustard ready as well.

    Just kidding. That didn't actually happen. Everyone knows that I have no bad habits to correct.