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Columns

  • Taking a 'do over' on resolutions

    How are those New Year's resolutions working for you? If you've already reneged on them, don't panic. You aren't alone.

    According to a survey reported in Forbes magazine, 36 percent have broken their resolutions after one month, 54 percent have failed after 6 months and only 8 percent actually reach their New Year's goals.

  • A horse is a horse, of course

    They say those big nostrils can sense the fear in you. Given my fluttery disposition and general wariness of any animal that I have to look up to, I've always kept my distance from horses.

    But take a drive around Taylor County and you are sure to see several breeds and colors of horses living here. Local horse enthusiasts take great pride in their horses' training, bloodlines that go back several decades or more and even the distinctive coloring that sets each one apart.   

  • School of a second chance

    British author and philosopher C.S. Lewis once observed, "Everyone thinks forgiveness is a lovely idea until he has something to forgive."

    I thought of Lewis' statement after the University of Louisville hired Bobby Petrino as its head football coach for the second time. Not being a Cardinal fan, forgiving the coach for his past mistakes was easy for me.

  • Be careful raising minimum wage

    Everybody wants to make more money, and people making minimum wage are certainly at the top of that list.

    Some Democrats in the Kentucky legislature are also looking to help those in the Bluegrass state making minimum wage receive a pay raise, and they hope to see it climb from the current rate of $7.25 per hour to $10.10 per hour over a three-year period.

    It's easy to say that the minimum wage should go up (it hasn't increased since 2009), but it's another thing to look at what it will do to those who make more than minimum wage.

  • 'Like' is a four-letter word

    At the risk of sounding like a grouchy old person who just doesn't understand the younger generation, I'm going to share an issue with you that has finally bubbled over, and I can no longer quietly tolerate it.

    I'm not sure when it started, but somewhere in the last few years, perhaps even farther back, I've noticed that younger people have been using the word "like" way too often, and they're also using it incorrectly.

  • Community needs anti-drug coalition

     

    The consequences were dire and life lasting. Hopefully, the message will be too.

    But without the community's agency geared toward educating our youth about the dangers of drugs and alcohol, just how many more students will hear such a message?

    As his mother for the morning, I was very disappointed in him.

    Here is the truth - my 14-year-old "son" was drunk and had gotten behind the wheel of a car. After crashing the car, his best friend was dead and my son was in jail, charged as an adult for his crimes.

  • Speed thrills

    If you're like me, going fast is fun, and going even faster is, well, more fun.

    I've always liked to drive fast, and I've been fortunate that I haven't had too many traffic stops, and only one speeding ticket. As I've gotten older, I realize safety is more important than the thrill of speed, at least behind the wheel of my own car, so I've slowed down a little.

  • Starting over for 2014

     

    A new year is a chance to start over.

    We can start that diet again, begin watching our checkbooks a bit more closely, spend more time with family and friends and set ourselves on what we believe is our right path.

    The first day of the year marks a moment where we can become the people we think we want to be.

    I'm not really one to make resolutions as Jan. 1 rolls around. But this year, I'll make some personal ones and some for our community. And I'll also tell you what I hope happens this year.

  • A controversy that's hard to duck

    News Enterprise

    Landmark News Service

    When "Duck Dynasty" patriarch Phil Robertson expressed his views on a variety of topics that included statements regarding homosexuality, executives of the A&E network acted surprised. It was as if they had no idea that Robertson felt the way he did.

    A&E would like us to believe that Robertson's views were not representative of the network nor the "Duck Dynasty" show.

  • Christmas memories

     

    'Twas the night before Christmas and my grandmother's house was quiet.

    I was tucked safely into the "little" bed I always slept on and my parents and grandparents had settled in for the evening. But I was wide-awake. After all, Santa was on his way.

    I guess Santa must have used his magical powers to make me sleep, because I don't remember seeing him that night.