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Today's Opinions

  • Judges should apply the law, not make it from the bench

    The highest court in the land has an opening. With Justice David Souter’s retirement, President Obama will nominate and the Senate will debate the confirmation of someone new to take his place.

     It is no secret to anyone who has followed my career that I believe the role of a judge is to apply the law as written, not create law from the bench. Perhaps the best expression of this sentiment is found in the oath of office every federal judge in America, by law, must take. That oath reads:

  • D.C. road trip

    I just finished a five-day bus trip to Washington, D.C. with St. Dominic’s eighth grade class and their parents.  Well, let me tell you something.  You never met a rowdier bunch in your life.  Sure, the kids were OK, but those parents need some sharp edges rounded off.  

    This trip started at the “crack of dawn.” I always wondered what that looked like.  Cindy drove me, my brother Tom, my son Will and nephew Christopher down to meet the bus at the school.  I was determined to be on time for the early departure.

  • Loretto is a place to reconnect

    The Loretto Motherhouse will be featured on Kentucky Life on KET1 May 16 at 8 p.m. and May 17 at 4:30 p.m. and on KET2 at 7 p.m. on May 17. The description in my email reads, “The program visits the sisters of Loretto’s Motherhouse, a community of active and retired nuns, who farm, host retreats, maintain an art gallery and conduct tours detailing the history of one of the oldest convents west of the Appalachians.”

  • Bible-reading is a success, and a blessing

    Last week, our community was fortunate enough to host the fourth-annual Bible-reading marathon on the steps of the Washington County Courthouse.

    This event, while a blessing to those who get to read the word of God in public over this 90-hour event, is also a blessing to our community. Some folks who never hear God’s word get the opportunity to sit on a quite, cool evening and listen, while others might just drive by and hear a few words in their cars.

  • A late Mother's Day story

    Mother is the name for God in the lips and hearts of little children.

    - William Makepeace Thackeray

    Being a parent is a tough and frightening job at times.  But being a mother is always twice as hard as being a dad.

    Listen to my story.

    Before I married Cindy, we talked about many things.  Most was about our future together and what we wanted from life.  I came from a big family and I wanted a big family.  You know, that’s not a very popular choice these days.

    We all know why.

  • Professor opposed to death penalty

    There is an ongoing debate about the merits of capital punishment in Kentucky.

    For me, the debate ends just as soon as one brings up the morality of the death penalty. Is it right to kill another human being, regardless of what that human being does? For me, the answer to that question is a resounding “no,” unless it is a matter of self-defense.

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  • Making the right decision can be costly

    Miss California Carrie Prejean expressed an opinion during the April 19 Miss USA contest based on her Christian faith, and it probably cost her a beauty pageant crown, endorsements, fame and fortune.

    Prejean, a student at San Diego Christian College, said she saw the question from contest judge Perez Hilton about whether every state should legalize same-sex marriage as a test of her faith.

    Prejean replied that she is opposed to gay marriage, and her answer may have cost her the crown. She finished second to Miss North Carolina Kristen Dalton.