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Columns

  • Weather doesn’t delay work in State Senate

    Despite the rough weather conditions, the Senate convened this week and worked on a variety of legislation. I hope you are managing the weather safely and have avoided problems.

  • Valentine’s Day: A Celebration of Love

    A wife woke up one morning and said, “Honey, I just had a dream that you bought me a new gold necklace. What do you think it means?”

    “I don’t know, but Valentine’s Day is coming soon. Friday, you’ll know,” he replied.

    A few nights later, she again woke up after having a dream, “This time, I dreamed you gave me a pearl necklace. What do you think it means?”

    “You’ll know Friday,” he replied. Another dream about a pearl necklace elicited the same response.

  • State contest proves Era is worth it

    Each year, the Kentucky Press Association (KPA) hosts a statewide contest, Excellence in Kentucky Newspapers, among newspapers that awards reporters, editors, photographers and advertising designers in several categories. Newspapers are grouped by size into different divisions, then each entry is judged by out-of-state professionals who name the winners.

  • The gentle art of caring

    My growing up in first and second grade was done in a small Midwestern town – Decatur, Ill. As I think back, it seems to me we kids had the modern psychologists figured out before our time.

  • Truitt: Finally out of my annual holiday fog

    During the holidays, I begin to lose any semblance of control over my life. Late night chats with Santa’s elves cause me to lose sleep. Cheeseballs and egg nog cause me to gain weight (15 pounds this year). And for some inexplicable reason, between Thanksgiving and Christmas I steadily lose the mental capacity to accomplish even the most basic household tasks. It’s like I’m on Santa’s naughty list, and instead of putting coal in my stocking, he chooses to sabotage my life.

  • Senator: Legislative session warming up

    This week in Frankfort, the Senate passed key pieces of legislation that help our students and school districts, provide economic development and give law enforcement time-saving investigation procedures.

    Two Senate Bills regarding Education and Education Funding passed the Senate this week.

  • The Odd Marriage of Hosea and Gomer

    The prophets of the Old Testament spoke for God. Sometimes they spoke with actions more than words. The Prophet Hosea loved God and would do anything God asked him to do. God wanted to communicate that His love for Israel was unconditional so God called Hosea to marry a prostitute named Gomer. She was not a woman looking to become better. Even when Hosea showed her unconditional love that she did not deserve, she deserted him and returned to her prostitution.

  • Push for education doesn’t end with governor’s proposal

    Previously, in theJan. 9 edition of the Oldham Era, Dr. Will Wells, Superintendent, Oldham County Schools, submitted an article calling for legislators to step up for education. His voice ignited a spark in the Oldham community, and potentially further, that started people talking.

  • Mueller: ‘Tis a gift to be simple

    “Tis a gift to be simple,” sang the Shakers, and the lyric still rings true. Simplicity in its essence neither demands a vow of poverty nor a life of rural homesteading. It requires neither a log cabin nor a hairshirt. It does require a deliberate ordering of priorities to distinguish between the necessary and the superfluous, the useful and the wasteful, the beautiful and the vulgar.

  • Al Earley: Can You Define Humility?

    How humble are you? I think of humility as one of those things that is easier to recognize than it is to define. For example, my dictionary defines humility as a state or quality of being humble of mind or spirit. It is the absence of pride or self-assertion. That doesn’t really capture the power of encountering a truly humble person, does it?