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Columns

  • WARNING: The truth never hurt anyone

    The purpose is to get people to quit. Simple as that.

    The Federal Drug Administration recently announced that beginning September 2012, it will require larger, more prominent health warnings on all cigarette packaging and advertisements in the United States.

    The changes will be the first in more than 25 years and are "a significant advancement in communicating the dangers of smoking," according to the FDA.

  • Meeting a hero

    The year was 1984. I was going on 8 years old and like any boy of that age, I was obsessed with comic books, superheroes and Star Wars.

    Music, which today is nothing less than the air I breathe, hadn't yet impacted my life. I was exposed to music at home, but nothing that really grabbed me.

    That was about to change.

  • A day in YOUR lives

    Inside today's News-Journal is an exciting special section called "A Day In the Life of Taylor County." I hope you'll set aside time to look at it from cover to cover.

    The section is an attempt to document a typical day in our community. We knew that we couldn't do it all by ourselves; there's simply not enough of us here at the newspaper. So we asked for help from local photographers. And they agreed.

    As a result, 26 individuals were out in force on Wednesday, May 18 to take a variety of photos.

  • Only five months to winter

    It's that time again - and I hate it.

    Hot weather is inevitable, I know, but each year I wish that summer will pass us by and Mother Nature will give us a few more months of winter.

    As I write this on Tuesday, I'm looking at a calendar and seeing those dreadful words again - "First Day of Summer." Well, if the weather so far has been any indication, it's going to be a hot one.

  • God created all

    Some scientists agree that inaccurate information repeated often enough will convince you it is true. They also agree that some of the information given about global warming is misleading.

    I believe that a good example of this repeated inaccurate information is "Global warming is caused by man-made carbon dioxide." This repeated statement ignores any facts that disprove it, even from the EPA.

  • A lesson learned

    What was I doing at 8 years old? As I recall, I was likely blowing up G.I. Joes with firecrackers and bottle rockets. Please don't tell my mom.

    There were also trees to climb, grapevines to swing on and many, many bike rides - usually a little too far beyond the point where my mom told me I could go.

    And those were typical summers during the long-gone days of my youth.

    Not once did my self-centered brain stop and think about how I might help someone.

    But right here in Campbellsville, we have an 8-year-old who's doing just that.

  • It's only the beginning

    They went to daycare together. They played in the dirt together at Pee Wee baseball games. They started kindergarten together, then on to middle school and, finally, high school.

    And now they've graduated together.

    As I watched the seniors on class night, at baccalaureate and again for graduation, I thought of how far this group of kids has traveled ... and how far yet there is to go. My oldest child is one of them.

  • New Scrabble words have gone too far

    It's very possible that I have dropped my last little wooden tile.

    Yes, I'm an avid Scrabble player, and it's a game my family and I enjoy playing together, but some recent changes are just too much.

  • The garage sale: an old-fashioned social network?

    I was so deep in thought - reading a book about evil and the justice of God, that when my cell phone rang, I flinched. It was my wife, Lori: "I thought this weekend would be a great time for a garage sale," she informed me.

    It wasn't the news I wanted to hear.

    "Why?" I pleaded, glancing at the book about evil and the justice of God, trying to resist the temptation of associating the first word of the book with garage sales.

  • A decade of memories

    When Campbellsville High School graduates the Class of 2011 tomorrow, I will be there, camera in tow.

    It will be one of many graduation ceremonies I have covered over the past eight years I have worked for the News-Journal, but this one will be a bit special.

    Tomorrow will mark 10 years since I walked across Hamilton Auditorium in my purple cap and gown and received a diploma from Barkley Taylor.

    Where did the past 10 years go?