• This is a book review “41: A Portrait of My Father” by George W. Bush (Crown Publishers, 2014, 280 pages). The review is submitted by Dr. Harry Toder, a professor at St. Catharine College.

  • I’d like to take this opportunity – that is, a big blank white space on tomorrow’s editorial page - to thank everyone for being so kind to me since my arrival in Washington County. I rolled into town like a Beverly hillbilly from West Virginia a couple weeks ago with my two beloved dogs and a trailer full of camping gear and clothes. I broke camp at my mountain hideaway and got down here as quickly as I could, because I knew The Sun needed an editor right away, so some folks could get some time off.

  • The Oscar nominations are in, and the 85th annual Academy Awards will be aired on Sunday, Feb. 24, so make sure you watch to see who goes home with the gold.

    And by the way, I read that gold 14-inch high statue weighs more than eight pounds and costs $500 to make. 

    The Oscars are one of my favorite awards presentations. When my favorite stars walk the red carpet, I can see the worst- and best-dressed in all the latest fashion. I love playing fashion police. 

    Joan Rivers and I could have a blast. Her wit is a little quicker than mine, though.

  • Most of us know what it’s like to laugh at the wrong time.

    The character Ray Barone in the sitcom, Everybody Loves Raymond, got himself in a peck of trouble when his wife Debra confided in him that her parents were getting a divorce. Typical of Raymond, instead of being empathic, he found the situation laughable and couldn’t restrain his snicker. Debra made him pay severally for his faux pas.

  • Combatives: A term popularized by the United States Army referring to hand-to-hand combat training. 

    I’m getting old.

    I first enlisted into the military in 1975.

    Yep, I’ve seen a bunch during nine years of active duty and another 29 years of reserve time in both the Navy and the Army. The trouble is, as I near 55, I just can’t remember much of it anymore.

  • I’m guilty of a grievous breech of southern etiquette.  I fail to wave back to people when driving down the road.  
    If you’ve ever waved to me when you’ve seen me driving then please don’t take offense if I didn’t wave back. I never see anything except those white and yellow lines while driving down the road. I never look into other people’s cars while driving. I didn’t even know that people were waving to me until my kids mentioned it one day.  

  • The Internet: That daily source of information upon which so many of us depend for so much —from the daily news to updates on friends and their status — cannot only be an avenue offering help for today and even hope for tomorrow, but also unfortunately, an escort to our demise, bouncing us along the boulevard of broken dreams, pointing us finally to the exit ramp that lands us in a parking lot bound by past mistakes.

  • St. Dominic Elementary School will host its inaugural “Night of Knights” alumni celebration on Feb. 9 at St. Dominic Parish Community Center. I’ll give you a little more information about this at the end of the column.
    But first, as in all good schools, let’s have a history lesson.

  • "You don’t seem like a preacher, at least not a typical one. You’re ‘the real deal.’”

    The comment, coming from an inmate in jail, I took as a compliment, although I frequently ask myself if I’m really real.

    His comment was followed by a question: “How did you ever get to be a preacher in the first place? (“Do you think I should have been something else?” I am tempted to ask.)

  • Thank God everyday you live here in the United States.   

    For all our problems, I believe it is still the most free country in the world. We may not follow the Bible very well but we do have the right to read — or not to read it — and then use our God-given free will to do what we please.

    In many other countries, people are so threatened by the Bible that you would be shot down where you stand if you professed a faith in Jesus Christ. Forgive me, but if you don’t believe this to be true then you are most incredibly ignorant or naive.

  • By Governor Steve Beshear
    You teach in a small community and suspect a student is being abused.

    You want to report it, but you fear retaliation.
    Can you come forward without the newspaper naming you as the accuser?
    Or maybe you’re a grandmother. You worry about the man your daughter is living with, in fact you’re afraid of him. But you love your grandchildren, and you think they’re being neglected.

  • Although the Republicans have been going at it for several months, we are not yet into the heat of the presidential race, and already some Christians are praying for the early demise of President Obama.

    When I say, “demise,” I mean death.
    At least that’s the implication of the recent email sent by Mike O’Neal, the Republican speaker of the Kansas House of Representatives.  That email followed a previous one in which O’ Neal had referred to Michelle Obama as “Mrs. Yomama.”

  • As a member of the House Energy and Commerce Health subcommittee, I have voted to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) and participated in dozens of hearings that revealed astronomical costs, billion-dollar slush funds, and countless other negative consequences of the health care law.

  • We are now a quarter way through session.  Bills are flowing through the committee process and arriving on the Senate floor for consideration before the entire chamber.

    Three bills won passage this week and will now head to the House of Representatives. Senate Bill 55 allows for interstate mutual aid agreements among first-responders and other emergency response personnel. That is to say, that if an emergency occurs near local or state borders, emergency personnel can respond regardless of their home base.


    By Amanda Cox

    If you didn’t know about the Heartland Youth Coalition, then this is the time to learn about it.

  • Years and years ago, I knew an adult that was extremely difficult to work with. 

    They had a tongue like a bullwhip and would lash out at anyone and everyone that remotely “offended” them in any way, shape or form whether the “offender” meant to or not.

  • This was one time I wish I had missed the press conference.

    It is usually a perk when I have the opportunity to work a major college athletic event. It’s a time when you get to talk with those highly-paid coaches and some players whose earnings will someday make those coaches comparative paupers.
    And, being in the newspaper business, it is always a chance to hobnob with the local – and occasionally the national – heavyweights in the field.
    I won’t lie. It’s a lot of fun.

  • Tom, our black lab dog, exploded from his bed on the front porch after midnight in a frenzy of excited barking. 

    The coyote pack on the hill, responding to some unknown signal, were in full chorus.  Wild high-pitched yells echoed back and forth under the winter wolf moon, then stopped as abruptly as it started.  

  • The Central Kentucky Theatre is presenting its latest production at the Opera House and it could not be a more entertaining selection, especially to people of my generation.

    A “B-grade” movie called “Forbidden Planet” was originally made around 1956.
    You ever wonder where the term “B-grade” came from?

  • In early December, the Dominican Sisters of Peace (a congregation of Catholic Sisters) approved a corporate stance on immigration reform that states:

    “We, Dominican Sisters of Peace, call for comprehensive immigration reform that would provide additional viable legal avenues for immigration, reunite families, legalize undocumented persons, and establish opportunities for permanent residency.”