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Columns

  • COLUMN: Our country came together after 9/11 attacks

    As a child whose father was on duty at Fort Knox when President John F. Kennedy was shot, my parents would often comment, “I’ll always remember where I was when Kennedy was shot.” Somehow as a young person, I thought that was just my parents and probably nothing I would ever experience. But then it happened.
    Desert Storm, President Reagan was shot, and then 9-11. Yes, I remember all those days, where I was, how I felt and how we reacted.

  • COLUMN: Still wondering: How do you cover an American tragedy?

    Sept. 11, 2001, was a Tuesday.
    Just like every Tuesday for the past 10 years (and more than 100 years before that) the staff of The LaRue County Herald News was putting together the Wednesday paper.
    The Sept. 12 paper was an informative issue with stories about the murder of a veteran in Upton, a teen injured in a car crash, Upton residents in an uproar when an adult bookstore “The Lion’s Den” opened, the death of legendary sports commentator Cawood Ledford and youth league soccer.

  • COLUMN: Grandparents are worthy of honor

    With grandparent’s day just around the corner, I think it’s appropriate to commend the works of grandparents in our county, state and nation.
    Since being declared a national holiday by former President Jimmy Carter in 1978, Americans have taken advantage of the Sunday after Labor Day, to celebrate the impact that grandparent’s have had on their lives.
    Grandparents, in my opinion, are an essential part in every person’s life, often times offering unbiased advice and a shoulder to lean on.

  • 911 changed America - and all of our paths

    This week we reflect on the 10th anniversary of events to be remembered in history and commemorated for generations. On this day, the 10th anniversary of 9/11, we are a permanently changed nation and are yet confronting the attack’s second and third order effects.

  • COLUMN: So much to enjoy at Lincoln Days

    There are a lot of factors that make every Lincoln Days Celebration successful, but most important are the dedicated community volunteers who step up and provide leadership and professionalism to every aspect of the celebration.

    This year's board comprises experienced servants from the past plus new blood which is always refreshing and provides oft needed approaches to keep us at the forefront and a leader in the local festival market.

  • COLUMN: Lay that donkey down and rest in God's love

    A young boy and an old man were walking with a donkey when a group of people passed by.
    “Isn’t that ridiculous that no one’s riding that donkey,” one person said.
    So, the old man told the boy to ride the donkey.
    Another group of people passed by and someone said, “That’s terrible! Look at that young boy riding that donkey while the old man walks.”

  • COLUMN: You know you grew up in LaRue County when ...

    I’m not a big fan of Facebook, but I do enjoy playing “Gardens of Time” and looking at photos of my grandchildren and that seems to be the fastest way of doing that.
    Last week, though, I noticed a new group called “You’re probably from LaRue County if ...” I had to check it out.
    Actually, it says “Larue” which is just wrong, but that’s beside the point.
    There’s another one “You know you grew up in LaRue County, KY, if …”

  • COLUMN: I'll retire some day ... really, I will

    Forty years, four months and one day – the countdown is on. That’s the day I’m eligible for retirement.
    I have plans of sitting on a beach somewhere (preferably in Gulf Shores, Ala.) and soaking up the warm rays of sunshine – just as I did a few years back.
     I can’t wait to read a book without interruption, nap whenever I please, take a boat out for some deep-sea fishing and do all the things that I want to do, when I want to do it.

  • COLUMN: Facebook, tractor pull writer back home

    If you are on Facebook, you might have seen the page “If you grew up in ...” that has become a big talking point around town. I grew up in the western part of the state, so over the past week or so, I’ve found myself glued to the “If you grew up in Crittenden County” page where many have been reliving days gone by.

  • COLUMN: Can you survive another Great Depression?

    I just read two very interesting articles on the U.S. economy, written from historical perspectives. They compelled me to share my own historical perspective. And what I want to say is more about our changing culture than our economy.
    One of the articles, by Julie Crawshaw of MoneyNews.com, notes that the “Misery Index”-the combined unemployment and inflation rates-made infamous under President Jimmy Carter, has hit a 28-year high. It’s also 62 percent higher than when President Obama took office.