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Columns

  • Tragic events 50 years ago leave mark on state, nation

    On Friday, our country will mark the 50th anniversary of one of its most tragic events: the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

    Like the attack on Pearl Harbor before it and 9/11 after it, Nov. 22, 1963, is one of a handful of dates in history where those old enough to remember it will never forget where they were and what they were doing.

    What many Kentuckians may not know about that day, however, is that a future resident of our state broke the news of President Kennedy’s death to the world. 

  • Students face many challenges as they prepare for college

    There will be several challenges that my friends and I will have to conquer throughout our senior year as we prepare for graduation. It may be ideal to attend college after graduation or maybe even enter the military. Whatever it may be there will always be challenges that surface.

    I think the three biggest challenges for the class of 2014 are procrastination, perfectionism and fear. To overcome them may seem simple, but it’s not. The motivation will come from the doing.

  • State efforts look to reduce traffic accidents, fatalities

    One of the more persistent challenges facing our country is finding ways to reduce the number of people killed or injured in a traffic accident.

    In one sense, we have come a long way.  Four decades ago, for example, the number of highway fatalities regularly topped 50,000 a year, but the figures for 2011 were the lowest the United States has seen since 1949, a testament to tougher laws, safer roads, more focused enforcement and better technology in the cars and trucks we drive.

  • Research ‘scratched surface’ of locals in Revolutionary War

    As a history geek, I really had a great time delving into the lives of those men, long forgotten, who served in the Revolutionary War and had actually lived here in Carroll County – Gallatin County, of course, at the time.

    I have a Revolutionary War solder on my father’s Hackett line. Josiah Hackett, born 1754 in Middleboro, Plymouth, Mass., first signed an oath against being in the war as a Quaker but later was lured into service while living in Westmoreland County, N.H.

  • New procedures in place for child support division at County Attorney’s Office

    Every day we all get notices in the mail regarding our privacy rights, our bank’s privacy policies and what information is protected by these rights and policies. The County Attorney’s Office is no different.

    Due to privacy policies and federal and state guidelines, the County Attorney’s Office has had to implement some new procedures and change the way we do business in the child support division.

  • Nation must stay committed to veterans

    On this day, in this month, 94 years ago, the guns of World War I went silent and our nation remembers this moment each year by recognizing the service and the sacrifice of our country’s veterans.

  • American Legion commander says not to forget veterans

    During the recent government shutdown many numbers were thrown around. But there is one number that stands out and it has nothing to do with the debate over the federal budget.

     More than one a day. That is how many members of our active-duty military, National Guard and Reserve forces have committed suicide over the past year. Simply put, we are losing more servicemembers by their own hands than we are by the enemy in Afghanistan.

  • Take a moment to pay respect to state veterans

    He may have been referring to the members of the Royal Air Force, but when British Prime Minister Winston Churchill said, “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few,” he could easily have been talking about our own country’s veterans.

    They make up less than 8 percent of the U.S.’ population, but it is no overstatement to say our lives would be very different without their countless contributions and sacrifices.

  • Take the opportunity to honor all who served

    As I sit here, I think about all the honors and privileges I have been given over the years of my life – getting to do things I dreamed of as a young boy.

    How many people ever get to, actually, live out their dreams?

    Well, I can say that I did. I started playing in the dirt as soon as I could crawl. When I was a little boy, my mother would take me to Fourth Street to see the soldiers getting on the buses to go serve their country.

  • Mentors can face greatest fears too

    No few people live on the cusp of becoming a mentor through Big Brothers Big Sisters of Carroll County. The benefits are obvious, the need even more obvious, but still people hold back. I think I know why.

    The great fear out there is finding yourself with a child who asks too much of you. I mean that in the sense of a Little Brother or Sister that needs what you cannot give in discipline or direction. There is un-doubtedly a belief among some that the children in the program bring extensive challenges to the adults who mentor them.