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Kay Schwartz will be missed as Whitley County Clerk

Over the last 12 years that Kay Schwartz has served as Whitley County Clerk, if you went into her office to pay your car taxes or any number of other things, you were just as likely to get waited on by Kay as you were one of her deputy clerks most days. I know. I speak from...
Posted On 06 Dec 2019

Being thankful is a state of mind

I was thinking this week (while in the midst of complaining about the frustrations of life), that being thankful is more of a state of mind than a celebration. I’m sure you will agree it’s truly a blessing to wake up each morning and not be in agony. When we swing our bodies over...
Posted On 27 Nov 2019
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Conservatives need balanced perspective on election

Former University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino once complained about Wildcat fans who were “consumed by (the University of) Louisville,” meaning a loss to their rivals in November leaves a permanent asterisk next to an entirely otherwise successful 30-win season...

Corbin loses a true community servant

Trent Knuckles is publisher of The News Journal. I was sitting across from Bob Terrell one day at the old L&N Depot Building conducting an interview with him. I remember it like it was yesterday. He was Director of Economic Development for the city of Corbin at that time. He...

A copy of a column and letter Bob Terrell brought me tells a lot about the person he was

A few weeks ago Bob Terrell came to my office to give me an article I had written in 1995. He had saved it along with a copy of a letter he had written to me while he was living in Oklahoma City. The article I had written was about the bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma...
Posted On 25 Nov 2019

Bevin not wrong to ask for recanvass of vote totals

Some people have criticized Gov. Matt Bevin for asking for a recanvass following his nearly 5,200-vote loss to Andy Beshear in last week’s election, but I think this is entirely appropriate given that the race was decided by less than 1 percent of the vote. Had Beshear lost by...
Posted On 13 Nov 2019

Proclamation signed! Now let’s focus on Corbin’s future

I’ve run for elected office twice in Corbin, and voters trusted me both times to represent them on the City Commission. I met many of you face-to-face while going door-to-door during both of those races. It was a great way to really get to know my town. I consider that a great...

Moving the line right was wrong on Ky. Street

As I turned the sharp corner at Gordon and Kentucky Streets in Corbin, sharp because the center line had been moved to the right, I said to my wife, “Oh good it looks like they are getting ready to repave Kentucky Street.” I assumed that because the center line on the street had...
Posted On 25 Oct 2019

Was Jesus Christ a ‘Super Socialist?’

Jesus Christ, Super Socialist” is Ivonne Rovira’s recent missive on Forward Kentucky in which she equates socialism with true Christianity. “It’s time to re-claim the connection between loving our neighbor and how we treat the poor, the powerless, and the earth itself,” Rovira...
Posted On 25 Oct 2019

Few Americans can name our First Amendment rights

Have Americans always been so ignorant of their First Amendment rights or is this just a modern day phenomenon? In a recent survey sent to us by the Kentucky Press Association only 14 percent of Americans were able to name Freedom of the Press as one of the freedoms guaranteed by...
Posted On 25 Oct 2019