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Columns

  • ‘Tell’-ing everything without saying a word

    I love watching and studying people and trying to figure them out. I learned recently that a “tell” is the physical manifestation of the truth. A card player uses tells to determine if his opponent is bluffing. He watches for certain mannerisms and associates them with winning and losing. The opponent might raise his eyebrows or clench his fist when he has a winning hand or clear his throat or rub his chin when the cards don’t fall his way.

  • Fire causes changes

    The paper might look a little different this week.

    Due to a fire at one of our corporate printing plants, changes had to be made for all of the newspapers in our group in order to re-route printing jobs from Standard Printing in Shepherdsville to other available plants.

  • Leave the fear and worrying to God

    Two gas company service men, a senior training supervisor and a young trainee were out checking meters. They parked their truck at the end of the alley and then worked their way to the other end. At the last house a woman looking out her kitchen window watches the two men as they check her gas meter.

  • Does science threaten the Bible?
  • Learning to protect your heart during February

    It’s no coincidence that during the month of February Americans celebrate both Valentine’s Day and American Heart Month. When you celebrate the love in your life – be sure to include yourself! That means learning about your risks for heart disease and stroke and staying “heart healthy” for yourself and your loved ones.

  • Academies help prepare kindergarteners

    Recent headlines screamed: “only half of Kentucky’s children are prepared for kindergarten.”

    So, now what?

    What will it take to ensure our children are prepared for kindergarten, ready to learn?

    Through public/private partnerships in the state of Kentucky, I believe we’ve found a way to give young children a stronger foundation, to get them ready for school, before they even enter kindergarten. We think a big part of the solution is United Way Born Learning Academies.

  • Cupid plays too many practical jokes

    As I sit here eating my way through my second bag of Conversation Hearts, trying to ignore the fact that there are 60 calories per serving and 34 servings in a bag, I reflect back on what made this Valentine’s Day so “special.” What exactly brought me to this lowly state of sugar binging?

    Hubby and I don’t have a great Valentine’s history. Out of 26 (or is it 27 now?), years since he became my valentine, we have had probably three good ones. Actually, make that two. I forgot about that year there was a rat in our dinner.

  • Time to stop double taxing Social Security

    On Jan. 28, I introduced the Senior Citizens Tax Elimination Act (H.R. 589). This bill would assist our struggling middle class by eliminating an unnecessary and unjust double-tax on seniors.

  • Can something happen by chance?

    I am not sure where I found these, but I was entertained. Some people are kind, polite, and sweet-spirited, until you try to sit in their pews. Many folks want to serve God, but only as advisors. When you get to your wit’s end, you’ll find God lives there. People are funny; they want the front of the bus, the middle of the road, and the back of the church. Quit griping about your church; if it was perfect, you couldn’t belong. If the church wants a better pastor, it only needs to pray for the one it has. Coincidence is when God chooses to remain anonymous.

  • Local option tax will affect more than just one county

    As I write this, there is a bill moving through the Kentucky Legislature concerning what is known as a “local option tax.” It would allow local governmental units, both cities and counties, to put the question of an increase in local sales tax for specific capital projects to a vote of the citizens.

    The mayor of Louisville, Greg Fischer, has been a vocal proponent of such a tax and has been working hard to help push it through the legislature.