Guest Columns

  • The return of shame

    When I was a kid, we used to sing the taunt, “Shame, shame, everybody knows your name!”
    I don’t remember who taught it to us, but we took great delight in singing it to anyone we wanted to shame and humiliate.
    I was a horrible child. I’m still horrible, but I clean up nicely and mostly refrain from pointing out people’s sin to their face in public.
    Still, what is it about us humans that we love to shame others?

  • State making ‘positive strides’ in education

    There is a saying that you can’t know where you are going until you know where you have been. That’s especially true when it comes to our schools.
    Since education represents the single-largest category in state spending – more than half of every dollar when you include our public colleges and universities – the General Assembly understandably keeps a close eye on its progress, and with a two-year budget to enact in 2016, now is a good time for a more comprehensive review.

  • Tourists

    My husband took me on a long-awaited honeymoon for our fourth anniversary. Since we both love the outdoors we went to the Smokey Mountains. This is one of the most beautiful regions in the country. The mountains, woodlands, streams and falls were amazing. We could have stayed there for a month and found something new and wonderful to explore. Finally, like an errant bear, we wandered into town looking for food. That’s when you discover----Pigeon Forge…….

  • Run toward grace

    You may not know the name Tullian Tchividjian, but you’ve heard of his grandfather, Billy Graham.
    Tullian is the former pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Fort Lauderdale. He resigned last month after admitting to an inappropriate relationship with someone other than his wife.

  • Rand reviews KSP’s comprehensive state crime report

    For decades now, Kentucky State Police has annually compiled a comprehensive look at crime across the commonwealth, giving the public and law enforcement alike a much clearer picture of the challenges we face.
    The reports come out each summer and pull together data from local and state agencies, highlighting both short- and long-term trends. A comparison of 2014 with 1995, for example, shows that DUIs have dropped significantly – from 33,000 then to 22,500 last year – but that drug offenses have sky-rocketed, growing from less than 18,000 to more than 58,000.

  • 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.

  • 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.”

  • 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.

  • 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.