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Columns

  • Schools, students perform well

    The leaves are turning and fall break is just around the corner — I can’t believe how quickly the first two months of school have gone by. I have to give credit to our teachers and staff for their amazing ability to quickly get students back into the swing of things. From day one, they hit the ground running and got students engaged in learning. I am so thankful we have that kind of staff. 

    I also owe a debt of gratitude to our parents and community who provide endless support to students both inside and outside the classroom.

  • Poor representation is worse than none!

    By Mike DiGiuro

     

    As I cast my view from the back end of the 4th Congressional District  towards Washington DC, I am particularly  annoyed by the actions of our elected representative Thomas Massie; who apparently has no concept of how to govern. 

  • I HEAR THAT TRAIN A COMIN’

    “Mommy, wake up! We’re back where we started!”

    Hubby and I, along with our two little ones, had fallen asleep on the train.  I glanced at my phone. It was nearly 1 a.m.  Then the announcement, “All passengers are requested to exit at this stop.” 

  • COMMUNITY CHRONICLED IN NEWSPAPERS

    When I was a little girl, my family lived close enough to town that I could walk to the grocery store. One summer day, my sister and I decided to walk to the store for ice cream and took our dog, Hobo, with us. Hobo soon got hot and tired and demanded he be carried the rest of the way.

  • Worship that is Pleasing to the Lord

    I remember a delightful evening with friends.  Our hosts had a four-year-old whose favorite super hero was Bible man. He wanted to impress us so he got on his costume.

    He put on his Bible Man mask, his Luke Skywalker light saber, and his Bible woman cape because the purple looks cool, and his Bible man cape was torn.

    His mother asks him the Bible man questions, “Are you ready for battle?” He proclaims yes! She asks about his helmet, shield, sword, and shoes. He makes all the appropriate cute responses.  

  • Where Does Your Treasure Lie

    Our society surrounds us with a great cloud of enticement.  Wherever we turn we confront the claim that happiness is just around the corner, a matter of having more or better or newer things.  The father of American capitalism certainly endorsed this creed.  John D. Rockefeller, when asked what would make him happy, is said to have replied, “One dollar more.”

  • HeartSafe Designation Shows Progress

    By Todd Early

    Oldham County EMS Director

    Heart disease has a staggering impact on the nation, Commonwealth and Oldham County. Kentucky is eighth nationally in cardiovascular disease death rates with about 1,100 deaths annually.

    About 15 percent of all hospitalizations and 30 percent of all Kentucky deaths are related to heart disease. In Oldham County, EMS responds to an average of 320 heart-related calls annually in addition to about 100 heart rhythm disturbances and 30 heart attacks.

  • Country Comparison

    I am leaving beautiful Berlin and will soon be home again in Indiana.

    As my visit comes to a close, I find myself wondering once more why my ancestors ever chose to leave such a place.

    Make no mistake, I love the U.S. and am proud and thankful to be an American, but three hundred years ago, things were different.  It’s hard to imagine what my grandparents were thinking when they left family, community, and traditions behind and set sail for the unknown.

  • Duets, Karaoke and Grammys

    I wish I had included on my bucket list “sing in the street with a hobo” because I would now be able to mark that item accomplished. 

    While strolling the cobblestone of Vilnius, Lithuania, we happened upon an elderly gentleman. He had a long white beard and blue eyes that sparkled as he sang.  His age and the fact that he had no musical instrument, save his voice, set him apart from other street musicians.  He stood with outstretched hands and upturned face while singing traditional folk songs from the Baltic region. 

  • The essentials we need as humans

    There are several essentials which we all must possess.  The first one of these is identity.  We want to be known.  We want people to call our names.  We like to see our names in print.  One of our greatest fears is the fear of anonymity.  When people feel that they are nobodies (nobody knows them, nobody cares about them, nobody thinks of them) then defeat becomes very real for that person.