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Guest Columns

  • It is well with our souls

    The news was horrific and sordid: Church staff member arrested for a sexually salacious crime.
    Sadly commonplace, it happens all over the U.S. -- you just never expect it to happen to your church.
    But last week, it happened to mine when our former worship director was arrested and charged with multiple sex-related crimes against minors.
    A local sheriff’s detective called him a “textbook predator.”
    We as a church loved him -- still love him. And we as a church abhor what he has done.

  • Conventions offer economic boost to Louisville facilities

    What do the National Rifle Association, National Farm Machinery Show and Kentucky State Fair have in common? They were top draws for visitors to the Kentucky Exposition Center and Kentucky International Convention Center (KICC) in Louisville in 2016.

  • Ark encounters resistance

    By Richard Nelson
    The Ark Encounter celebrated its first anniversary this month but instead of fanfare and praise, some news media and protestors poured rain on its parade. The Biblical theme park, which consists of a life-size replica of Noah’s Ark based in Northern Kentucky, faced 75 protesters and criticism from a columnist who said the group promotes “fringe beliefs.” But hey, it’s the Ark, right?  Compared to criticism that Noah faced, I’m sure this modern-day rendition will weather the storm.

  • Making Washington work for Kentucky

    After celebrating our nation’s Independence Day, I traveled around the Commonwealth to hear directly from Kentuckians. By engaging with families, individuals, and community leaders across the state, I am better able to bring their concerns to the United States Senate and serve as their voice in Washington.

  • Rapid DNA testing demonstrated for legislators

    Laura Sudkamp with the Kentucky State Police crime lab remembers when it took months to process one DNA sample.
    “You literally had to stick the film in the freezer for six to eight weeks,” the KSP Central Lab manager told the Interim Joint Committee on Judiciary last week. Her lab can now generate a profile on a DNA sample in one or two days, she said, but even that’s a bit longer than need be under some new technology.

  • Washing the car

    I’m afraid to wash my car. On my list of neurotic behavior this is one of the most embarrassing; second only to being unable to sleep with the closet door open. This will be explained in a subsequent article.
    I tend to overdo every task I undertake. By that I mean that despite my forgetfulness and breathtaking disorganization, I become obsessive when I determine to actually finish something; gardening in ridiculously hot weather being only one of a host of examples.  

  • Impact of nonprofit business on state’s economy HUGE

    We hear quite a bit about how invaluable for-profit small businesses are to our economy and our workforce. What we don’t hear as much about is the economic impact that nonprofit organizations have on our state and individual communities.
    That impact is far from small.

  • Caution: Zika virus remains a national health concern

    Yard signs advertising mosquito control are about as common as shaved iced shacks around Kentucky this summer. And if you’ve been watching the news over the past year, I’m sure you’ve guessed why.

  • Founders’ values still to be treasured

    Over two hundred years ago, our Founding Fathers put their lives on the line to create a new country in which freedom reigned. These men had a vision of a nation unafraid to face its enemies and win. We, the people of the United States, have faced insurmountable odds since our young country’s conception but continue to fight for our God-given rights unique to the United States of America.

  • Don’t miss our local patriotic events

    When our forefathers put their signatures to paper to declare our independence as a nation 241 years ago on July 4, 1776, there was no doubt it was a time to celebrate.
    Public readings of the freshly-written Declaration of Independence were held in Philadelphia’s Independence Square amid bells ringing and bands playing. Bonfires and fireworks were added to the celebration the next year and then the tradition spread, with towns large and small joining in the merriment.