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Columns

  • COLUMN: National tragedy comes at personal cost to parents

     I was a blessed Meanie Ma last week.

  • COLUMN: Did Kentucky inspire 'The Hobbit?'

    Eleven years after fantasy film fans attended the celebration of his “eleventy-first birthday” party, Bilbo Baggins is back — this time as the central character in Peter Jackson’s new movie adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit.”

  • COLUMN: Where's the outrage from rural America?

    In contrast to the outrage expressed at Mitt Romney's comment that 47 percent of Americans were unlikely to vote for him because they benefit from one government program or another, so he wouldn’t be campaigning too hard to reach them, no one has railed about Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack's recent comments that rural America is “becoming less and less relevant” to government and to politicians, the editorial page of the Duluth News Tribune notes.

  • COLUMN: Be wary of charitable donation requests

     Your charitable donation can help clothe a child, put food on the table for a family in need and bring hope to those who have none. As you open your heart and pocketbook this holiday season, make sure that you give wisely.

    Much like storms and natural disasters, the season of giving brings out the best and worst in people. Scam artists are ready to unveil their latest schemes designed to prey on the generosity of others.

  • Class teaches how to cope with holiday grief

     Many of us think of the holiday season as a time of joy and fun. For others, however, it’s a time of loneliness and grief. Some people live far from family and miss seeing their loved ones at this time of year. Others dread going to holiday parties without a partner. Then there are those who feel saddened by the holidays, since they remind them of family members who are long gone.

  • COLUMN: Repost this if you hate chain letters

     There has been an influx of Facebook chain letters that have appeared in my news feed. At first, I didn’t think much of them. I just ignored them, because I knew I would never post one of them.

    However, most of my Facebook friends have, and it doesn’t seem like it’s going to stop anytime soon. Just the other day, I read a forwarded status discussing the website’s supposed new guidelines.

  • GRACE NOTES: First World Problems? Get over it!

    Nobody knows the trouble I’ve seen. Nobody knows my sorrow.

    Today I'm suffering First World Problems. To name a few:

    I noticed too late that the gray of my shirt does not match the gray of my pants. Also - I left the house without wearing any bracelets, so not only am I color uncoordinated, but I have naked wrists.

  • COLUMN: Ruth Blair's outreach impacted many

    I never really understood what real outreach looked like until I watched my mother become a full-time interpreter/advocate for the Hispanic community in LaRue County. What's interesting is that my mother, Ruth Blair, a retired foreign language teacher, wouldn't strike anyone as an advocate. She passed away a day before Thanksgiving this year, and I can best describe her as a mild-mannered, soft-spoken woman who never had an unkind word for or about anyone.

  • COLUMN: 'Lincoln' beats out "Vampire Hunter'

     I admit it – I was prejudiced against the new Lincoln movie.

  • Columnist asks 'What would Mr. Hoggard do?'

     Joseph Eugene “Gene” Hoggard, who many consider to be the father of the LaRue County High School Band of Hawks, passed away Monday, Nov. 19.

    One of his former students recalled a column about him, published March 27, 1991, and asked for a reprint.

    Columnist Sarah Bennett-Booker described the impact Hoggard had on her life in “The look was band teacher’s powerful disciplinary tool.”

    Bennett-Booker wrote: