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Guest Columns

  • Fundamentals of the faith

    It seems we’re all recovering from something.
    Recovering drug addicts, recovering alcoholics - I’m a recovering nice person.

    For about a year or so I’ve been reading a blog for recovering Christian fundamentalists, “Stuff Fundies Like,” at www.stufffundieslike.com.

  • July marks start of fiscal year

    July may not be a time normally associated with a rush of legislative activity, but in a key way, no month is busier.

    That’s because it marks the beginning of the state’s fiscal year, and it also is when most of the new laws adopted earlier in the year by the General Assembly take effect.  Unless there is an emergency clause or another specified date, all enacted bills officially go on the books 90 days after the end of a legislative session.  This year, that falls on July 12th.

  • Former editor enjoys reunion with Stripes newspaper staff

    Sometimes, with the right group of people, it doesn’t matter how much time passes from the last time you were together.

    That’s the way it was for me the weekend of June 23-24, when my best friend and I took a road trip to a tiny town in the Catskills of upstate New York to reunite with some of my co-workers from the past.

  • Christians running the race

    I know I’ve been writing about my kids a lot lately, but if not for column fodder, really, what else are kids good for?

    I jest.

    My daughters are runners, Alison more so than Laura. Alison and her husband both run marathons and “fun” little 13 or 18-milers.

    Alison loves to run around her historic town, Alexandria, Va. She likes the history and the scenery and the Starbucks coffee at the end of her runs as a reward for not dying.

  • Kentucky’s auto industry celebrating a century of success

    Kentucky has long been a major player in the automotive industry, but few know that this relationship is fast approaching its 100th anniversary.

    It all began in 1913, when Henry Ford’s fledging company set up an assembly operation on South Third Street in Louisville.  Seventeen people worked there, including the on-site sales team, and they churned out 12 vehicles a day while being paid about eight cents an hour.

  • Attitudes to accomplish your goals

  • Tortures of travel time

    When it comes to traveling, my oldest daughter thinks she’s cursed.

    I don’t know about “cursed,” but she definitely has had her share of mishaps.

    Last summer she and granddaughter Caroline took a trip from their home in Virginia to visit my other daughter in Charlotte, N.C.

    The three of them went to Charleston, S.C. and Caroline barfed, which put a damper on their plans. Then Caroline stayed sick, ending Alison’s plans for a side trip to visit a friend on the way home.

  • Energy production, use high in Kentucky; research ongoing

    When it comes to energy, it could be said that Kentucky burns the candle from both ends. That’s because only four states produce more power than we do, and only seven use more per person.

    That’s not surprising, of course, since Kentucky plays prominent roles nationally in coal production as well as manufacturing, especially in the auto and aluminum industries.

  • Hospital care gets high marks in Ky.

    If today turns out to be an average one for Kentucky’s hospitals, here is a glimpse of what is taking place: More than 6,600 patients will be treated in emergency rooms; 14,000 more will be helped with other outpatient services; 1,500 will be discharged after a stay of about four-and-a-half days; and 150 of the state’s newest citizens will be born.

  • Crosses of Mercy

    They’re called Crosses of Mercy, three tall crosses - two pale blue and one gold - planted across at least 29 states and Washington, D.C., plus Zambia and the Philippines.

    Where I live in Florida, I’ve seen several sets of them and I’ve always wondered about them since they don’t seem to be connected to any one church. They’re usually out in the middle of nowhere, randomly planted on the highway.