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Fathers: Are they important?

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Do you read Leonard Pitts’s columns? Is he too focused on the subject of race for you to be comfortable with his words. A person I know declares, “Race is all he writes about.”My response is, “That’s what he knows. As an African American writer, of course, he writes about what impacts him, and this is one of the factors.I read Pitts’s column every week in the Dayton Daily News. Almost invariably, I agree with everything he says. It’s Father’s day tomorrow, and I want to share with you a subject about which he wrote in his May 11, 2014, column.

 

The Law School Hall of Fame and dead lawyers

It was a session of the Kentucky Bar Association, but it felt like a wake. A reasonably large crowd came to hear about the downbeat topic of attorney suicides. Two years ago, a number of Kentucky attorneys took their own lives. All men, mostly middle aged.Some of the people who killed themselves were my friends. One was a good friend. Like I did, he grew up on the banks of the Ohio River in Northern Kentucky, just a few miles from where the convention was taking place. When I looke...

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Today in History — July 9

By the Associated PressToday is Wednesday, July 9, the 190th day of 2014. There are 175 days left in the year.Today’s Highlight in History:On July 9, 1944, during World War II, American forces secured Saipan as the last Japanese defenses fell.On this date:In 1540, England’s King Henry VIII had his 6-month-old marriage to his fourth wife, Anne of Cleves, annulled.In ...

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Side by side symbols

I awoke on a Sunday morning where I was visiting, a ray of light coming through the window. The window view showed side-by-side symbols; one of liberty, as represented by a small community of multi-colored and multi-shaped living structures with residents going about their business oblivious to the second symbol, represented by large, grey, ugly, windowless government buildings spying on and recording everyone’s communication. The contrast of liberty and totalitarian intent was startlin...

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Today in History — July 8

By the Associated Press Today is Tuesday, July 8, the 189th day of 2014. There are 176 days left in the year.Today’s Highlight in History:On July 8, 1889, The Wall Street Journal was first published. (Price of a copy: two cents.)On this date:In 1663, King Charles II of England granted a Royal Charter to Rhode Island.In 1776, Col. John Nixon gave the first public read...

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How to prevent rose diseases

Spectacular blooms and diverse types and varieties make roses a favorite of many Kentucky gardeners. However, warm, humid growing conditions create an ideal environment for serious problems each year with black spot and powdery mildew.Gardeners can nip these fungal diseases in the bud by planting resistant or tolerant varieties and creating an unfavorable environment for disease development. It may be necessary to use fungicides throughout the summer, especially on susceptible vari...

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Letter to the Editor

This being the Fourth of July, I felt led to share my feelings about the stagnation we see in Harlan County.Basically, nothing seems to improve for the average citizen of our county. We can only blame the Obama regime for so many of our problems. A lot of what we are experiencing in Harlan was here a long time prior to Barack Obama.I remember so well the stories that my mom told us about her growing up poor in Harlan County during the Great Depression. She recounted to u...

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What did the founders of America say about God?

Hanging over my office desk is a picture of General George Washington in humble prayer in a pine grove, with his horse, at Valley Forge. It is an inspiring picture of an inspiring man of prayer. Skeptics want to claim that all representations of our first president as a devout man of faith are false.

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A garden in the wilderness

More than a decade ago, former Chief Justice Roy Moore of the Alabama Supreme Court installed a massive granite monument inscribed with the Ten Commandments in the rotunda of the Alabama State Judicial Building. Two years later it was removed by court order as a violation of the separation of church and state. Shortly thereafter, Justice Moore was also removed by court order from the Alabama State Judicial Building.Not long after these events played themselves out across our cable ...

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Take credit for your own sin

When was the last time you did something wrong? If an answer doesn’t immediately pop up in your mind, think about it for a minute then continue reading.One trend I’ve seen growing recently is how people don’t take credit for their own sin. There is always some sort of excuse; usually some circumstance or another person, which is the reason a person is thrust into doing what they did. The individual explains that if it had not been for such and such, they would nev...

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The church must nurture a family atmosphere

I saw several ghosts the other night at church. Actually, I dreamed I saw them. I dreamed I was in the attic of First Christian Church and suddenly ghosts started coming out of the walls everywhere. They weren’t frightening, though. It was as though they were strangely happy. They belonged there.Now, ghosts are not real. God does not allow our souls to wander after death. This dream, though, illustrated a point; church is a place in which we should feel at home just like thos...

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Jesus and the Declaration of Independence

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. Perhaps there are no more envied words in the world of political and geographic boundaries then those found in the second paragraph of our Declaration of Independence. People from so many nations have so longed to experience these promises. They have left family and familiar settings to...

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And you think retirement ain’t fun?

We were sitting out on the front porch last Saturday afternoon when a big, red, late-model pick up whizzed by on Charlie Brown. It looked like there was a man driving and a woman riding shotgunNow, the only things that separate my front porch from Charlie Brown Road are about 50 feet of mostly-crabgrass and clover, gently-sloping lawn and an old rock wall that keeps the front yard from sliding out into the road.

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Today in History — July 5

By the Associated PressToday is Saturday, July 5, the 186th day of 2014. There are 179 days left in the year.Today’s Highlight in History:On July 5, 1954, Elvis Presley’s first commercial recording session took place at Sun Records in Memphis, Tennessee; the song he recorded was “That’s All Right.”On this date:In 1687, Isaac Newton first published his Princip...

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New distillery bringing more than bourbon to Bardstown

The bourbon demand is an all-time high and the state of Kentucky is reaping the benefits. In less than a month, two new distilleries have announced plans to locate in the heart of Kentucky.On Thursday, the “Bourbon Capital of the World” got another economic boost as Bardstown Bourbon Company announced plans to break ground on a $25 million, 45,000 square foot distillery, warehouses and visitor’s center. The 100 acre facility will be located in Nelson County Indust...

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Quiz: Doolittle’s Tokyo Raiders

When you’ve worked in higher education as long as I have, you get reacquainted with former students who have retired from one career and now are on to a second one. Such is the situation with one of my former students James Copes, a retired high school English teacher who now takes incredible photographs of “people, places and things” instead of teaching students the parts of speech.Now that your celebration of July 4 has come to an end, let’s look at a litt...

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How to prevent rose diseases

Spectacular blooms and diverse types and varieties make...

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An empty chair and a life that ended much too soon

Returning to my classroom Thursday on the last day of...

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