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Columns

  • 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:

  • COLUMN: An open letter to God

     An open letter to God, a psalm of thanksgiving:

  • COLUMN: For many things, I give thanks

     It’s traditional this time of year to renumerate the many things we are thankful for.

  • COLUMN: It's time to put aside our differences and show civility

     In 1865, Abraham Lincoln said, “With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds.”

    In 1906, Evelyn Beatrice Hall wrote in a biography of Voltaire, “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”

  • COLUMN: State battles prescription drug abuse

     On Sept. 22, I received an email from a grieving mother in Oldham County who had lost a child to a prescription drug overdose. Her daughter died at a friend’s house after mixing the drug Opana with other substances. She was just 16 years old. 

    I have received many of these letters and grieved with far too many parents devastated by the scourge of prescription drug abuse. I vowed to each one of these families that I would do everything I could to stop the spread of this epidemic.