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Today's Opinions

  • Lessons from God

    Jesus Christ was the ultimate storyteller, and he did it through what they call “parables.”   The parable leads the listener to one important moral lesson that can’t be denied or rationalized away.  

    I think God sent me a parable to live out this last year.

    Let me tell you about it.

  • What more needs to be said?

    If I were God, I would create humans with rewind buttons on their mouths or a 10-second delay device.

    We tend to say some really dumb things.

    Once I met a man at a gym who said he’d been a bodybuilder for 48 years. Since he wasn’t all Hulk Hoganish, I asked, “When did you stop?”

    Although he laughed, he looked at me with a combined horrified amazement as if to say, “I can’t believe you said that!”

  • S. Willey: Personal Grooming Assistant

    My 80-year-old New York City personal advisor, Mr. S. Willey, is riding around the country visiting all of his clients.  He stopped by my house last week to see me and pass out some of his sage wisdom.  I know everyone can’t have a personal advisor, so I thought I’d let you in on what he had to say during his visit.

    Yep, I remember it like it was yesterday, mainly because it was.  There was a knock at the front door and…

    “Mr. Willey, come on in!  What a surprise!”

  • 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.