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Columns

  • Who’s the real straw man?

    Sometimes seemingly small matters turn out to have bigger implications than you originally thought.

    Take for example the Kentucky Tourism Development Finance Authority’s preliminary approval for state tax incentives for the Noah’s theme park in Northern Kentucky.  It seems like a small matter, especially in light of the fact that the park will likely boost tourism in the area.  

    Who could possibly object to that?

    The Americans United for the Separation of Church and State.

  • Remember the white stallion

    This story took place about five years ago.

    I remember it as if it were only yesterday.

    It began when I said:

    “You know what I’d do, Cindy? We need a lot of room to take everyone on vacation. I’d just mount up the old ‘White Stallion’ and go down to Gatlinburg on it. It’s got more room than the other vans.”

  • Lessons learned teaching in China

    By David Donathan

    I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to round out my summer by teaching a summer English program at Northwest Agriculture and Forestry University (NAFU) in Yangling, China.

    Although I have been a college professor for many years, I did not anticipate the challenge or sense of professional accomplishment a four-week training session would bring.

  • Where is the love?

    Imagine that your 42-year-old son has died after a four-year battle with a rare disease that has destroyed his internal organs. You are grieving at his casket the night of the wake when an official of the church—the church which earlier in this horrid week approved the ceremony—calls you, informing you that they can no longer honor your request to have the funeral in the church as planned tomorrow.

    “Why?” you ask.

    “Because we found out your son was married…to a man.”

  • 1 in 300

    I love this job.

    I get invited to so many interesting events and meet so many fascinating folks that I wouldn’t get to otherwise.

    I mean, I can just walk up to anybody and say, “I work for The Springfield Sun and I was thinking of writing an article on you.”

    Then the magic begins. You never know where a story will come from, either.

  • Stories from the baptistery

    Connor rocked back and forth on his heels, biting his lip as his eyes darted back and forth, scanning my office.

    It was his baptism day.

    “It’s OK to be nervous,” I said, trying to put him at ease as he left my office with his parents on the way to the baptistery.

    His father had warned me earlier that Connor was anxious about being baptized.

    “He’s worried that you’re going to ask him a lot of questions,” his dad had grinned.

  • Seeking advice

    Years ago, I was having my uncle, Jimmie Carrico, build an addition on to my house. Uncle Jimmie is a true craftsman who can construct most anything that involves wood, concrete or running heavy construction equipment.

    I, on the other hand, couldn’t hammer a nail straight into a 2x4 even if my life depended on it. As we were talking about what I wanted done, Uncle Jimmie kept politely saying, “Now, if I was you, I would do this” and “If I was you, I would do that.”

  • ‘I’m not sports’

    By Brooke Coulter

    My four-year-old, Cate, tells me, “I’m not sports” and she gets this very honestly not from her father, whom will play anything that involves a ball, but from me.  Growing up, I was always taller and not athletic. I would often get frustrated by the never-ending question, “Do you play basketball?” to which my answer would always be “no” in an annoyed tone.

  • How about some accountability?

    Something that’s been hard to miss in the national media recently, particularly if you follow sports media, is what has been unfolding in the aftermath of star NFL running back Ray Rice’s suspension.

  • All the world’s a stage

    “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players. They have their exits and their entrances, and one man in his time plays many parts.”
    - William Shakespeare

    Community theater production seems to really have taken off here in central Kentucky. Washington County’s theater group is now joined by live theater in all of the surrounding counties, as well.