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Columns

  • Restoration of felon’s voting rights bill has flaws

    Over the past couple of months, I’ve written some “feel good” columns about worthy causes in our community.

    It’s about time to step back into politics and take up something a bit more controversial, like cat leash ordinances – wait, not even petty tyrants would be foolish enough to try to leash cats. So moving on…

    Spinning the big wheel of controversy, we have: abortion, guns, taxes, immigration, felon voting rights, Israel, gay marriage, click, click, click, and we come to rest on – voting rights for felons.

  • Summer no break for OCS

    I’ve been a bit jealous watching our neighboring school districts get started this week — I’m ready and excited to welcome everyone back to school here in Oldham County. We’ve had a very active summer with major renovations finishing at Oldham County Middle School and other building projects at South Oldham Middle and the Arvin Center, where we created new space for our OCS Engineering Academy. We also completed numerous facility projects across the district’s 22 schools and facilities.

  • Going through hell and hot curlers

    Last week, my dad gave me all the pictures from my childhood. Among them are seven snapshots of the Pittsboro Kindergarten graduation of 1976. I can still remember the coolness, and slightly musty smell, of the church basement where the ceremony was held. I also recall the battle I had with my mom beforehand while she was trying to fix my hair.

  • Theodicy - the question of why there is evil

    If God is good why is there so much evil? This is the question of theodicy that can never be fully answered. This is one of the most difficult questions in all of theology. God is eternal, infinite, omniscient, omnipresent and omnipotent and the creator of the universe. So why is there so much pain, death, struggle and evil in the world? Over the next four weeks I want to look at different facets of the problem of evil: 1) demonic evil, 2) human evil, 3) evil from the perspective of eternity and 4) trusting in the goodness of God.

  • Roll out those hazy, crazy, lazy days of summer

    Since boyhood, the lazy, hazy days of summer have been hubby’s favorite season, but in his grown-up world, he is typically out of the country from June through August. So, when a job was recently postponed, he wanted to fill the unexpected time home with as much summer fun as possible. We have crammed so many activities into the past two weeks that I feel like I’ve been in a time-warp dreamland and any minute now I am going to wake up exhausted.

  • Love and remember your pets

    My wife Kathy and I love our dogs. In fact, it’s a three dog night at our home. We have a lhasa apso (Sadie), a Cavalier King Charles spaniel (Stella) and a maltipoo tripod (Tigger). Over the years we have had four poodles (Niki, T-Bear, Toby and Tucker) and a lhasa (Sassy). I like to say that dog is just God spelled backwards.

  • Uncle Bob: Adding some new flavor to your summer meals

    My appreciation for food started when I was very young. I grew up exposed to great food from my Italian grandmother and German Irish food from my other grandmother. My mother cooked with an American and international flare. Family gatherings were about fun and really great food.

  • Keys on how to handle conflict and adversity

    Like it or not, conflict and adversity are as much a part of life as eating, drinking and breathing. Conflict and adversity serve very important purposes in our lives that are rarely accomplished by any other means. If you deal with them correctly, they will produce positive outcomes and strengthen your relationships at work and at home. If you don’t handle them correctly, they will produce negative outcomes and harm your potential for happiness and success.

  • Riding a bike like a ‘cute, European girl’

    The upside of being in my mid-forties is that I don’t particularly care anymore what people think of my behavior or my clothing. This gives me the freedom to push against what is expected from a woman my age. For the most part, hubby is totally on board when I try new things, change my style or randomly buy a house after living in the same place for 18 years. But sometimes, he’s a little too honest about my attempts.

  • Does God still bring judgment through natural disasters?

    Does God still use natural disasters to punish people for disobedience and evil? Pat Robertson of the 700 Club apparently believes God does. Just following the earthquake in Haiti he said, “Something happened a long time ago in Haiti and people might not want to talk about it. They were under the heel of the French. They got together and swore a pact to the devil…But ever since, they have been cursed by one thing after the other.”