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Columns

  • COLUMN: Speaking to future leaders is a humbling experience

    A few weeks back I was invited to speak in front of doctors, lawyers, nurses, teachers and a slew of other important people.
    As nervous as I could be, knees knockin’ and all, I walked to the front of the room.
    “Um, Urhm, I’m Candis and I’m glad to be here today.” I’m almost sure you’re reading this like I sounded professional. No, it wasn’t. Read it like this “Um, Urhm, I’m Candis (screech) and I’m glad (stutter) to be here today.” Yeah, that sounds more like it.

  • Just like riding a bike, all over again

    It’s true that you never forget how to ride a bike. I learned that Sunday. But you can forget how to do it well.
    I can’t remember the last time I was on a bicycle before last weekend. It was at least 20 years ago. I was 15 then and I’m sure I thought I was too cool to ride a bike.
    I’m not too cool anymore. The problem now is I’m not cool enough. My wobbly riding proved that as soon as I got up the nerve to get on the bicycle and take off.

  • COLUMN: Stricter qualifications for political candidates are long overdue

    The requirements for running and holding a political office vary across the state.
    Generally speaking, little-to-no experience is needed to seek election. You have to be at least 24 years old and prove residency.
    The crazy thing is that some of the county offices requiring the most responsibility to the public have the fewest job requirements.
    On the other hand, it isn’t easy to run for Property Valuation Administrator – a state office. The candidate must first pass a test.

  • COLUMN: Celebrate the power of newspapers

    Celebrate the Power of Newspapers is this year’s theme celebrating Newspaper in Education week, March 7-11.
    No matter how students access newspapers – on the Web, through an app, in an electronic edition or in print, they learn about an ever widening range of subjects. Newspapers not only bring academic subjects to life, but also deepen learning by grounding in real-world experiences. The power of newspapers lies in their ability to help students develop into literate, well-rounded, successful citizens.

  • COLUMN: 'Miss Carrie' Arnette is the heart of The Life Connection

    In celebrating Black History Month, attention is given to a Hodgenville resident who has contributed to Hodgenville and LaRue County. Her name is Carrie Arnette.
    Carrie has worked at The Life Connection for more than 18 years. This is a residential facility for adolescents with cognitive disabilities. I consider her the mother of Life Connection, because she was there when it was first established. I will share why I selected this person for this title.

  • COLUMN: Teens have brought the 'good kind' of attention to LaRue

    LaRue County has produced a splendid crop of young people. It’s difficult to keep up with all their accomplishments.
    Here are a few of the most recent:
    Bright-eyed, sweet-toned Kenzi Lewis has accomplished at age 15 what many people only dream of  – performing on a Hollywood stage on American Idol. She lasted a couple of weeks on the TV show and we were sorry to see her leave.  I have a feeling she’ll be back on that stage in the future.

  • COLUMN: Several agencies appreciate gift of donated textbooks

    Each semester college students purchase textbooks to accompany their upcoming classes. The books are often mandatory and carry a hefty price tag.
    Some students will use these books, others will not, but either way they’re stuck to pay the price. The only incentive of the purchase is that at the end of the semester most college bookstores have a “book buyback.” Although buy back pricing is severely lower than original purchase price, it gives students a little money in their pocket … sometimes.

  • COLUMN: Lewis found new calling at Salem Christian

    Sunday evening, it was standing room only as congregation members from Salem Christian, Union Christian and various other churches came together to witness the ordination of Sidney E. Lewis to the Christian ministry.
    I’ve known Pastor Lewis for many years, he once coached my son in minor league ball; his wife, Judy, was a speech therapist at the school, also working with my son. But, it wasn’t until I began attending Union Christian Church that I began to know Sidney Lewis.

  • COLUMN: Diaper age is full of new products and same old poo

    My daughter Amanda called the other day and said she had decided to make the switch to cloth diapers.
    I thought this was an excellent choice as young Lucy will celebrate her first birthday Saturday and with baby number three due in June, Amanda will be going through a lot of diapers. Disposable diapers are so handy but they are expensive and are not environmentally-friendly.

  • COLUMN: Snow days won't always be fun

    I'd like to address this column to all students, K-12, to let you know an important truth. You need to learn this early so you can fully appreciate it. It doesn't matter if you're 5 or 18 - it applies the same to all

    Here it is: Snow days will not be fun once you graduate.

    That might sound simple enough, and you might think you already know it. But trust me – those snow days are among the best times of your life.