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Guest Columns

  • New law targeting prescription drug abuse effective

    Earlier this year, when the General Assembly approved legislation designed to curb the state’s heroin epidemic, many called the law a national model because of the way it blended additional treatment, smart-on-crime measures and tougher penalties for traffickers.
    On Monday, we learned that another comprehensive law in this field, this one targeting prescription drug abuse, is making the significant difference that other legislators and I had hoped when we passed it in 2012.

  • Answers to interesting questions gargoyles ask

    The other day I got a letter from a Mark Gould of Southampton, New Jersey.
    He had just finished reading my book “Prayers God Always Answers” and he had some questions for me. He said, “I do like to question authors, more kindly now than in the past — once a gargoyle, not always one.”

  • The Infernal Wheel

    Many years ago I had a horrible, yet ridiculous encounter with a playground merry go round. I was somehow sucked beneath the thing and was trapped for the entire recess period. Even now I have absolutely no idea of what caused the phenomenon I encountered that fateful day. Maybe the spinning of the wheel triggered a vortex beneath that pulled me under? Stranger things have occurred. That or I have an uncanny ability to find myself in the most ludicrous predicaments imaginable.

  • Finding your place

    A few weeks ago, a caller to our Sound Off line opened up a can of worms by saying he or she has visited many churches and has concluded that the people who want to pay attention to the sermon sit up front and the people who want to gossip and talk about people sit in the back two rows.
    The caller asked, “Is that a tradition? It seems like every place I go and talk to people it’s the same problem everywhere.”

  • Four for Freedom

    Washington, DC has the bad news blues.  Whether it’s Congress passing bills that spend billions of dollars we don’t have, rogue Supreme Court justices ignoring the clear text of the Constitution, or yet another unelected executive branch agency bureaucrat issuing a “regulation” that punishes free enterprise, it often seems that victories for freedom and liberty are rare.

  • MSU to open state’s second specialty high school

    Next month, Morehead State University will open what will be the state’s second specialty high school geared toward our best and brightest students.
    The Craft Academy for Excellence in Science and Mathematics will ultimately be home to 120 high school juniors and seniors from across the state, all of whom will have a chance to earn up to 60 college credit hours over a two-year period.

  • Health tips for the peak of summer

    By TIM DAVIS, M.D.
    The peak of summer is nearly here. The hottest summer temperatures for the Louisville area tend to occur from July 16-20, according to 30-year averages calculated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

  • Water hazard

    I am able to swim, it’s just not pretty. I’m really not built for swimming. I have the most pathetic set of shoulders to ever grace a human; Therefore, no swimming muscles. Be that as it may, I have spent my share of summers floating in the water.

  • How far will love go?

    Years ago, my granddaughter Caroline couldn’t be trusted to not make a run for it in a crowd.
    As a toddler, she was notorious for breaking loose from my daughter’s grasp and taking off running. She was also fearless and overly friendly when it came to approaching strangers and, if given the chance, would follow anyone anywhere, especially if offered candy or a puppy or a sip of Diet Coke.

  • State officials look to help identity theft victims

    As a crime, identity theft is anything but new. It dates back to biblical times, when Jacob pretended to be his brother to deceive their father, Isaac.
    The term itself was coined in the mid-1960s, but it found new life with the popular rise of the Internet. Now, barely a month passes without news of another breach of personal information that often affects millions of Americans.