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Columns

  • Decorating with room to spare

      I stopped by my girlfriend’s house the other day and saw that, once again, she was moving furniture.  Lots of people enjoy rearranging their furnishings from time to time, but she takes it to a whole new level.  

  • What is true freedom in today’s world?

     “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”  These words from the first line of the second paragraph of the Declaration of Independence continue to guide our nation as we seek a balance between freedom (liberty) and a controlling government that protects our freedoms.  

  • Financial Advice

     The fiduciary versus suitability standard has been a hot topic in recent months.  I was recently asked when speaking to The Pewee Valley Woman’s Club in April about the Department of Labor’s recent proposal that would require those who provide advice on assets held in retirement accounts to be held to a fiduciary standard.

  • It's always something

     We are tiny complex humans in a huge complex world and an even bigger universe.  It’s all so unimaginably, fantastically strange that we’ll never be able to understand everything.  And that applies at all levels and in all areas of life.  Once you grasp this rule you’ll sleep easier at night.

  • What happens to people who don’t believe?

     A very popular philosophical idea about salvation is known as the religious mountain.  We are at the bottom and God is at the top.  There are many paths to God (Hindu, Muslim, Judaism, Buddhism, Witchcraft, in addition to Christianity), and it doesn’t matter which one you take.  Take a path, any path, mix and match them, and we will all end up at the same place, the top of the mountain with God. 

  • It really is a good world

     It was the beginning of a hectic weekend.  The supermarket had been jammed.  The lines were long, and the girl’s voice was already tired and bored as she mechanically told me, “Thank you.  Have a good day.”

    “Good day?” I thought cynically, remembering all the chores waiting for me when I got home.  “Not a chance in the world.”

  • The Truitt Five

     It has been quite an exciting month around our house.  My oldest daughter, Shelby, graduated from Indiana University, and middle daughter, Abby, graduated from high school.  

    Son, Alex, is heading into his junior year at Purdue, and the babies, Hudson and Phoebe, are going into second and third grades.  

  • Kentucky cuts to higher education place it among worst in country

    By Kenny Colston

    A new report on state trends in funding for higher education places Kentucky at or near the bottom in several categories for its continued cuts to public college and university funding. That disinvestment threatens to limit access to higher education and opportunities for economic growth.

  • Turkey run with Australian Sam

       Last Saturday, my teen daughter and our houseguest, Australian Sam, decided it was time to get outside and explore nature. I’ve recently hit a rough patch in life, and while I was initially uncertain about going along, they convinced me that fresh air and sunshine were exactly what I needed.  

  • This Mother’s Day

    Working Kentucky moms are never off the clock. Between juggling jobs, after-school activities and help with homework, moms put in a lot more than a full day’s work. And every dollar they work for is hard earned.
    But this Mother’s Day, what’s happening in Washington also matters to Kentucky moms. Congress can help nearly 300,000 families right here in the Commonwealth by making permanent key improvements to tax credits, putting money back into the pockets of moms who’ve earned it.