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Columns

  • Don’t underestimate those nuns

    A very telling scene occurs in the movie, Promised Land---the film about two corporate salespeople, Steve Butler (Matt Damon) and Sue Thomason (Frances McDermond) who visit a rural town in an attempt to buy drilling rights from the local residents. They represent an energy company specializing in obtaining natural gas through a process known as fracking, which critics claim involves a variety of environmental hazards.

  • Quotes from Abraham Lincoln

    “Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?”
    - Abraham Lincoln

    I always feel a great deal of pride that Washington County is literally the “Land of Lincoln.” Abraham’s roots in life run deep here and I never forget it. That beautiful statue of Abraham gazing over his small town, in thoughtful contemplation, always makes me stop and wonder when I see it.

  • The Stranger Returns from A Far-Away Land

    The bible will sometimes refer to a “stranger in a far-away land“. It’s a poetic way of referring to a person that has wandered away from our loving God and is now separated from Him. I met an old schoolmate the other day that was both literally and figuratively in a far-away land when what looked like a great tragedy in war brought him back to God.

  • Through Mama's eyes

    Standing fully in the present moment, there are times when you can touch the past and the future, all at once and at the same time. You can even feel eternity sliding through your fingers.

    And sometimes it happens through someone else’s eyes.

    I see my mama’s eyes in a black and white photo of her when she was six, maybe seven years old--- about 85 years ago now. She’s standing next to her mom somewhere out there on the Oklahoma prairie with the Great Depression swirling around them.

  • Through Mama’s Eyes

    Standing fully in the present moment, there are times when you can touch the past and the future, all at once and at the same time. You can even feel eternity sliding through your fingers.

    And sometimes it happens through someone else’s eyes.

    I see my mama’s eyes in a black and white photo of her when she was six, maybe seven years old--- about 85 years ago now. She’s standing next to her mom somewhere out there on the Oklahoma prairie with the Great Depression swirling around them.

  • Senator Jimmy Higdon’s Frankfort Report

    FRANKFORT – There were several Interim Joint Committee meetings this past week, including a Special Subcommittee on Energy that focused on Kentucky’s struggling coal industry and the adverse impact of impending federal regulations.   The decline in coal production that could result from these regulations is not just an Eastern Kentucky issue, but a serious statewide issue, as well.

  • Senator Higdon Frankfort Report

    FRANKFORT – The past couple of weeks have been busy in and around Frankfort with joint committee meetings on a wide range of issues including the DOD’s planned forced brigade reduction at Ft. Knox, the possible ways to help SNAP recipients better balance their food budgets, and the impact of impending federal regulations on coal.

  • When you can't care enough to care

    You can often see it in their eyes, if you take the time to look: That far away gaze tells you they are somewhere else---maybe in the future or the past but not the present.

    Or sometimes their eyes dart this way and that, like those of a trapped animal searching for an escape route.

    And if you have occasion to be with them for very long, you’ll notice a restlessness---an inability to move forward with any kind of fruitfulness---even though they might exhibit workaholic tendencies or conversely, extreme lethargy.

  • Final curtain call for Jan Fattizzi

    "All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players: they have their exits and their entrances.”

          - William Shakespeare

    It was a sad day at the Opera House this past week with the departure of Mrs. Jan Fattizzi. Jan is handling over the reigns as the Central Kentucky Community Theatre Director and heads to her next job in Florida.

  • Remembering a friend

    Jeff Moreland
    Publisher CKNJ

    A newspaper, like many work places, can make your co-workers feel like family. You spend a lot of time together, often more than you spend at home with your real family.