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Columns

  • 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.

  • Let them be little

     

    This time last year, I was freaking out. An aunt for the first time with very little experience with children, I was determined to make sure my niece, Taylor, would have a wonderful Christmas - but I had no idea what to get her.

    After scouring store shelves and reading dozens of online reviews, I finally settled on a handmade Chenille robe, a Say Please tea set that was sold out nearly everywhere and a turtle nap mat with "Taylor" monogrammed at the top. But at 8 months old, she was too young to read or even open her presents.

  • Obamacare's strain on Medicaid

     

    Mitch McConnell

    U.S. Senator

    Obamacare has proven to be a disaster for Kentucky. It has caused 280,000 residents to lose health insurance plans they already have. And Obamacare is taking away the ability for many to visit the doctors and hospitals they like. Now to that list of problems, add one more: Obamacare's Medicaid expansion. It very likely will cost the taxpayers of Kentucky dearly in the years to come and degrade access to care for many in the commonwealth.

  • Libraries are a gift to us all

     

    Terry Mills

    State Representative

    Of all the gifts that Benjamin Franklin gave us, one of the most far-reaching has to be establishing the forerunner of our country's public libraries.

    They have been a mainstay in Kentucky almost from the beginning, when the first opened in 1795 at what is now Transylvania University in Lexington. Some historians believe it was also the first outside the 13 original colonies.

  • The threat of eminent domain

     

    On a frigid afternoon this past Tuesday, Dec. 10, some 65 people representing different expressions of faith gathered on the Boone Farm in Nelson County, affirming their belief that God is not pleased with what hydraulic fracturing ("fracking") is doing to his creation.

  • No shame in tears

    This particular emergency room is all too familiar to me. I know the room numbers and their location almost by memory now, having been called upon to pray here more times than I care to recall.

    But every situation is a bit different; this one caught me by the throat.

    I had known Colin since he was a pup, baptized him, watched him grow to young adulthood, and prayed over him when he left home on the way to fulfilling his dream of a military career.

  • Being Santa's helper

    For 17 Christmases now, I've been helping Santa Claus. It's been fun for me and my wife as we have searched for the presents our son has asked to have under the tree Christmas morning. But it hasn't always been easy.

    This year's must-have item at our house has been the Sony Playstation 4. The new video game system has been next to impossible to find in stores, and our search has been going on since the system released in November.

  • Political talk heats up

     

    Politics aren't for everyone, I know.

    But politics impact all of us, and Taylor County residents have a chance to be the change they want to see in the local political scene.

    Next May, Taylor Countians will go to the polls and select the candidates they want to face off in the November primary election.

    Next year, we will select a mayor and judge/executive, our sheriff and jailer, magistrates and city council members, our district and circuit court judges and state representative and senator, among other officials.