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Columns

  • 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. 

  • COLUMN: The death of Capt. Waskow

     AT THE FRONT LINES IN ITALY, Jan 10 (1944) (by Wireless) – In this war I have known a lot of officers who were loved and respected by the soldiers under them. But never have I crossed the trail of any man as beloved as Capt. Henry T. Waskow of Belton, Tex.

    Capt. Waskow was a company commander in the 36th Division. He had been in this company since long before he left the States. He was very young, only is his middle twenties, but he carried in him a sincerity and gentleness that made people want to be guided by him.

  • COLUMN: LaRue County needs more 'Hairspray'

     If memory serves me correctly, Pine Knob Theater brought the musical “Daddy Took the T-Bird Away” to the LaRue County High School auditorium in 1994 or 1995.

  • Lincoln Days: New faces, events a success

     I apologize for the week’s delay in passing out kudos to the 37th annual Lincoln Days Celebration. My thoughts were timely but the writing was slow.

    As always – the festival was a success.

    I think the crowd was down – but the atmosphere was wonderful. Everyone seemed to be having a good time and participation was up in several events.

  • COLUMN: Long live Daryl Dixon as The Walking Dead returns

     Must-see TV at the Ireland home includes two shows that have little in common.

  • COLUMN: Random acts of generosity truly make a difference

    What I’ve come to learn is that random acts of generosity really go a long way.

    Whether it’s holding the door for someone, or simply helping someone carry a heavy couch inside a house, small gestures go a long way in someone’s eyes.

    A few weeks ago, I was having a stressful day, not to mention it was pouring down rain outside.

    I had to attend a meeting for an assignment, and when I got there, I realized I forgot an umbrella.