Guest Columns

  • New laws in effect next week

    The approval of new laws may be a wintertime activity, but in most cases, this legislation doesn’t actually take effect until the heat of summer.
    Unless a law has an emergency clause or a specific enactment date, it becomes official 90 days after the General Assembly completes its work. This year, that falls on June 24th.

  • Head Shot

    “I’ll need a head shot.” The editor informed me. Inwardly cringing, a parade of photographic nightmares paraded before my Mind’s Eye. The Eye closed in horror. In addition to nearly requiring a warning label due to my coordination anomalies, I am absolutely, totally, completely, unapologetically and forevermore unphotogenic. It would appear that I am both physically and facially awkward. In short, I put the bomb in photobomb.

  • Chasing addictions, running from God

    The late comedienne Gilda Radner used to say, “It’s always something.”
    In this life, it’s always something. There’s always something that’s your Achilles’ heel, your kryptonite, your downfall, your master. There’s always something that holds power over you, making you bow down to it, obey it. There’s always something that you start out loving and often end up hating because it eventually crushes you.
    But if you’re fortunate, it brings you to Jesus.

  • State’s automotive production soaring

    In 1913, when the automotive industry first set up shop in Kentucky, few then could have imagined just how much of an impact it would have on the commonwealth in the decades ahead.
    It all began on South Third Street in Louisville, where 17 employees could assemble up to 12 of Ford’s Model T vehicles on a good day.
    Now, we churn out more than 3,500 a day on average at our four assembly plants, or about 1.3 million a year. That’s a traffic jam stretching from Seattle to Miami.

  • My Mad Dog
  • ‘Trust fall’ in a spiritual sense

    I have a friend who Trusts. God. With. All. His. Heart!
    He talks a lot about faith and giving everything over to God.
    Frankly, sometimes I want to smack him.
    The funny thing is, although I’m not laughing, 10 years ago he didn’t have a real soul-transforming faith and he used to come to me, asking about what it means to be a Christian.
    One of his big questions at the time was about the power of God. He was feeling like a dog’s chew toy, as if God and the devil were playing tug-o-war with him.

  • Kentucky a leader in preserving historic landmarks

    Eighty years ago, historical preservation took a major step forward when the federal government began compiling a list of those irreplaceable landmarks that help define our country’s heritage.

  • Grace and roller skating

    By Rev. Chris Kazee
    I have never been good at roller skating (or anything that requires balance for that matter).  However, when I was a children’s pastor in another part of the state, I did take a group of church kids to the local roller rink. One of the boys who went was named Will, and he skated like I remember skating.  He probably fell at least ten times and when he hit the ground, he hit hard. In fact, he fell so hard that the tops of his shins, right below his knees, were completely bruised.  

  • April receipts may help state end budget year in great shape

    After weathering several tough budget cycles, the state is on track to end the current fiscal year next month with much better news to report.
    Two weeks ago, the Office of State Budget Director said that April’s General Fund receipts – which drive the budget – brought in a little more than $1 billion, a high-water mark that had never happened in a single month before.

  • Admiration for those magnificent flowers

    By Dr. James L. Snyder
    The Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and I were sitting on the back porch admiring the close of the day. Nothing is more relaxing than sitting together drinking coffee, glad that another day has quietly slipped by.
    Out of the clear blue sky my wife said, “Aren’t those flowers just magnificent?”
    I grunted a little grunt of satisfaction to which she replied, “Which do you like? The roses or the tulips?”