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I’m looking forward to seeing what our local candidates have to say

When you call up candidates running for elected office to interview them, you sometimes get some shall we say “interesting responses.” I’ll never forget the one candidate, who said, “Boy that’s a good question! I’ll have to think about that one,” when I simply asked him why he...
Posted On 27 Oct 2020

More local candidates will appear via Internet Monday

A little bit of history was made this past Monday evening through the efforts of the Southern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Director Bruce Carpenter with an Internet version of “Meet the Candidates” for Williamsburg City Council when it was aired on Facebook. I watched it on my...
Posted On 24 Oct 2020

When reporting the news, I promise we are not ‘out to get’ anyone

Every once in a while, a story in The News Journal about someone being arrested will draw outrage from family and friends, and even other members of the community, along with complaints that we have slandered or libeled the individual. Though there is a running joke in the...

They say being negative is effective

I want to be as negative as I can in this column. The “experts” tell candidates for public office that negative ads are very effective. So I’ll be negative. I hate your negative advertisements. If you believe the lies, slander and images that are misleading in political...
Posted On 19 Oct 2020

After an enjoyable trip, allow me to catch up with a few thoughts

Did I ever pick a good time to leave Kentucky and go on vacation, or what? COVID-19 rates have pretty well skyrocketed recently in Whitley County. My wife, Cecelia, and I recently headed south to the Outer Banks in North Carolina for a week, then we headed over to the...
Posted On 13 Oct 2020

Going down memory lane with Roy Bullock

Many of you know Roy Bullock. He ran Bullock’s Cycle Shop on the Fifth Street Road just out of Corbin for many years. I have known him for many years also, but what I didn’t know about was the “Bullock All-Star” basketball team he ran back in the late 50’s and early 60’s. Roy...
Posted On 12 Oct 2020

Additional voting options for Kentuckians should be made permanent

In light of the response in the June primary election to the addition of early, in person voting and excuse–free absentee ballots, Democratic legislators have announced that they plan to introduce a number of bills to make those additions a permanent option when Kentucky voters....

Out & About KY Style: Randy Embry

Randy Embry has never really thought about being anyplace else but in Owensboro. It was at Owensboro High School where he gained a reputation as a player and coach that put him in legendary status in a town as rich in athletics as any in the state.

Historically Speaking: Historical Boycotts

(OpEd by Dr. James Finck, who is an Associate Professor of History at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma in Chickasha. He is Chair of the Oklahoma Civil War Symposium. Follow Historically Speaking at It is often said that words matter....
Posted On 28 Sep 2020
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OpEd: Kentucky students must know the Edison behind the light bulb

(OpEd by Jim Waters, who is president and CEO of the Bluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions, Kentucky’s free-market think tank. Read previous columns at He can be reached at and @bipps on Twitter.) It’s as if the creators of...
Posted On 26 Sep 2020