• We have had some so called wild presidential elections in the United States in the past, but I think it’s safe to say that the 2016 presidential election is unlike any other election in our nation’s history.

    Over a dozen Republican presidential candidates filed to run in the race at the beginning. With a lot of them dropping out of the race or contemplating dropping out of the race, there are now four candidates left which are Ted Cruz, Donald Trump, Marco Rubio and John Kasich.

  • By Steven Curtsinger

    Student Columnist

    We all know someone that smokes or has smoked at some point in their lifetime. How has that person’s bad habit affected you? Fortunately the number of Americans who smoke has steadily dropped since records were first recorded in 1965, when 42.4 percent of Americans 18 and older smoked. This number has dropped to below 30 percent since 1987.

  • As I am writing this column, I already know it is a column that I shouldn’t be writing. After all, part of public relations is learning when not to say what you really want to say. So by doing this I am going against this creed as a public relations major, but oh well.

  • It’s happened to almost everyone, that moment where you feel completely awkward almost embarrassed, because of a silly social mishap. I know it happens to me all the time.

  • It’s that time of the year again as all of us faithful United States citizens file our tax returns to the IRS.

    This is one of the most painful things I feel I have to do as a U.S. citizen. To me it’s almost as agonizing as the kidney stones I had to pass in high school.

  • Dear Editor,

    Traffic signs are installed on our highways for many reasons. They may inform us of the need to stop, the speed limit, street name or which direction to go. Warning signs alert us to unexpected hazards on our roads. Signs help us obey the laws, find our destination and keep us from running off the road. They help us to stay safe whether we are a motorist, bicyclist or pedestrian.

  • I was snowed in last weekend thanks to Winter Storm Jonas. Being forced to have to stay in without being able to go anywhere gave me a lot of time to think about things, which can be dangerous in a lot of ways.

    There were a lot of topics I thought about that could be possible columns for me to write, but there was one topic that kept nagging at me and I can’t keep my opinion about it to myself anymore. The majority of people are not understanding of others and they are quick to complain, criticize or “wrongfully” judge them.

  • It is hard to believe it’s that time of the year again as Christmas Day is this Friday. Many Americans consider Christmas their favorite holiday as the season creates a spirited atmosphere during the weeks building up to and on December 25th.

  • It’s no secret that women are underutilized in the manufacturing field. In fact, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, women comprise nearly 50 percent of the total U.S. labor force, yet only account for 27 percent of all workers in manufacturing.

  • How do you decide what smartphone to buy? First, spend some hands-on time with different phones. Ask your friends to see theirs. Ask what applications they run and if they like their phone. There are lots of bells and whistles you may not even use, so make a wish list with those features you need, followed by those you want, ending with nice to have if you can afford.

  • Dear Editor,

    Recently, while waiting in line at Hometown IGA to get a deli lunch, I was a behind a young mother. It was obvious that she was a mother because of many of the food items in her cart.

  • I have really enjoyed writing articles about the various businesses throughout LaRue County since I have been working at the LaRue County Herald News.

  • It may not be celebrated as much as Independence Day, but Constitution Day is arguably just as important. While July 4 recognizes the birth of our nation, Sept. 17 commemorates the day we established the cornerstone of our government and secured our rights as citizens.

    In the 228 years since that journey began, the U.S. Constitution has become the oldest charter among the world’s major countries and still remains, at 4,400 words, the shortest.

  • In the media, we are faced with covering news events that affect the daily lives of our readers. We present the facts, and allow our readers to make a decision on their own, without influence from our own values or stand on a particular subject or topic.

  • Time is a valuable thing; when you really think about time it can be overwhelming.

  • Last week, the United States celebrated the 95th anniversary of women’s right to vote, a milestone made possible by the passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

    Kentucky was the 23rd state to ratify that amendment, but it did not clear its final legislative hurdle until Tennessee became the 36th state in August 1920. Interestingly, that decision was a close one, occurring only when a young legislator voted in favor at the request of his mother.