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Columns

  • The prayer of Ruby Bridges

    It’s too bad we don’t know the person’s name who said it, for there is much truth in the statement: “What man does not understand, he fears; and what he fears, he tends to destroy.”

    Michael Dunn claimed fear was the reason he shot to death the young black man, Jordan Davis at a Jacksonville, Fla., gas station in an argument over loud music. Did Davis point a gun at Dunn, as he alleged? No gun was ever found.

  • V for Valor: Clyde Ray Logsdon

    Last week I was glancing through The Sun and noticed an obituary on Mr. Clyde Logsdon. He passed away at the age of 93. I only met Mr. Logsdon once when I was kid over 40 years ago. If I remember correctly, he wasn’t a very tall man but for some reason his demeanor and presence stuck out in my mind when others didn’t. He just seemed a manly sort of man.

    The obituary made a small comment on his military service. But what little it said was a mouthful if you know history.

  • This one’s on us

    One thing I’ve come to realize about Washington County is that the people here love to give back.

    Regardless of the event and what local organization is behind it or what person is in need, the people of this community pride themselves on being able to lend each other a hand any time they can.

    From the theater to the athletic fields to charitable organizations and government entities, you can count on any number of local folks to pitch in wherever they can.

  • Reaching across the table

    With his gray hair, radiant smile, erect posture, suit coat and dress tie, he could have passed as an emissary sent by an official to deliver an important message.  I guessed he had something to say to me, something urgent it seemed. After briefly introducing himself, he quickly got to the point.

    “You know what you are?”

    I had a feeling I was about to find out.

  • Thoughts on advice, growing up

    “When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.”
    Mark Twain

  • iProblem

    As I sat in McDonald’s last week, in one of the seemingly rare moments I have that’s not in full-on rush mode, I noticed an old couple eating lunch—with what was presumably their grandson—at the next table down from me.

    The kid was maybe eight or nine years old, undoubtedly off from yet another day of school.

    This is where I would normally describe him in greater detail, but the only way I would have been of any help in that department was if he had committed a crime and was in a lineup.

  • Make it stop!

    OK, I’ll say it. I’m sick of this weather!

    Outlandish claim, I know. I’m sure I’m only the two-dozenth person you’ve heard declare that since the arrival of the new year, but come on, there seems to be no end to this winter.

  • To gift or not to gift?

     “Let’s not get anything for each other this Valentine’s,” Lori announced to me.  “We don’t have time to look, and besides, we need to save the money.”

    But how do I know she means it?

    A man can never be completely sure. Sometimes his Valentine’s underlying message is: “I really want to be wowed but want you to figure that out without me having to tell you because if I tell you it won’t be the surprise I’m totally expecting you to surprise me with.”

  • Best column

    I’m not much on Facebook. In fact, I’m not on Facebook but my wife Cindy is and she’s an avid follower.

    I have to admit it does come in handy for keeping up with folks.

    Sometimes it even helps you keep up with yourself.

    Take the other day for instance.

    Cindy was on the couch in the living room with her laptop and going through her Facebook page. I just had a shower and was walking in when she said, “Have you entered any writing contests lately?’

  • Rep. Kim King

    FRANKFORT – You wouldn’t buy a major product or service without knowing the cost, and the Kentucky General Assembly should ensure the same consideration for our local school districts.

    This week, House Bill 154 was inaccurately presented as a transparency bill because a last-minute committee substitute added extra training for local school officials. Committed to government transparency, I have filed or cosponsored several bills to make government more accountable, but this bill is more complex than a simple transparency measure.