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Columns

  • Remembering the meaning in Christmas

     I find myself in a bit of Christmas quandary this week.

    See, the plan in our house this year was to try to instill the Christmas spirit in our 7-year-old son.

    And I don’t mean a big tree – we’ve covered that – more lights and few extra trips to see Santa.

    No, we have that part covered.

    Our kids love Christmas, and they could not be more excited for it to get here. If I’ve heard “I wish today was Christmas morning!” once, I’ve heard it 50 times.

  • A big, heavy, start to the holidays

    Saturday was a big day – and not just because of the instant classic that the universities of Kentucky and Louisville turned in on the football field – it was the day the Martin clan decided to go out and get the season’s Christmas tree.

    I love Christmas – the tree, decorating, the lights, everything and especially with young children.

  • MARTIN: Finding time for a healthier taco night

    Iused to think that New Year’s resolutions were silly, a weak-minded way to make myself change.

    If I wanted to change during the year, I’d just do it.

    And in my younger years, I would. It was easy, I’d just implement whatever change I needed to make.

    More exercise – no problem. I’ll start running today and hit the gym tomorrow.

    Read more – check. I’ll just set aside an hour each day to devote to my newest book.

  • MY WORD: A good guy is out of the lineup

    On a typical afternoon in 2013, I was sitting in my office as editor of The Sentinel-News when I was paged to the lobby, where I had “a visitor.” I arose and headed up front, expecting to be handed a photo of a large vegetable or prodigal grandchild or hear a scold from a would-be felon’s offspring.

    What I found was a face from my youth and a surge of warmth in my heart.

  • The farce of a flag in South Carolina

    The tragic shootings in Charleston, S.C., last week have left many reeling in the wake of the racist/terroristic events.

    I certainly am one of those.

    It was an event that hit a little too close to home for me.

    Some of you may know that my wife and I attended school in South Carolina. Not in Charleston, unfortunately, but in Columbia at the University of South Carolina. However, we both spent a good deal of time in the Holy City.

    It’s a unique place. We always described it as so much more.

  • Adjust your retirement funds with age

    First, here are two corrections for the column that appeared in the Nov. 26th edition of this paper. In paragraph two of the review of Kate Balchelder’s Wall Street Journal editorial I wrote total spending in 2009 was $3.5 million. That should read $3.5 TRILLION. The second misquote is in the third paragraph. Instead of $30 Billion it should have said $30 MILLLION.

    Sorry about that.

    Let’s talk about pensions: yours and mine and how we differ from the various levels of governments.

  • Poor pollination can hold back corn crop

    Small stalks, small ears, poor kernel development… does this describe your corn crop this year? Or maybe the raccoons absconded with the crop!

    If this sounds like you there may be several factors at work. Drought at the wrong time can stunt your corn crop and cold damage can stunt corn. If you put your crop out early you could see a little stunting from a late spring cold snap. And poor drainage and poor soil fertility, especially nitrogen, can stunt the crop as well.

  • MARTIN: Seeing the Derby like a first-timer

    One of the best things about living in Kentucky and near Louisville is being known for the Kentucky Derby.

    No matter where you go – nationally or internationally – the first thing people bring up when they hear that you’re from Kentucky is horse racing. Well, maybe basketball and bourbon, too, but for now let’s stick with horses.

    That’s why Derby weekend is so much fun. Thousands descend on our area for a uniquely Kentucky weekend.

  • DOYLE: You'll flip over this yarn

    Many dark nights ago, my friend Walt Carpenter tricked me into riding the Rock-O Planes with him at the Shelby County Fair.

    You may recall this ride, in its day the most adventurous on the midway and hidden down in the dark northeast corner, just around from the blare and glare of those infamous hoochie-coochie shows, and cattycornered to the Octopus.

  • MARTIN: A 1st trip to the Oaks will be memorable

    Even though I grew up in Tennessee, which I’m still to this day not very happy about, I was in Kentucky quite a bit visiting family.

    However, now that I’ve been here for more than a decade, I realize how many uniquely Kentucky events I’ve missed out on.

    I still haven’t been to Mammoth Caves or the Corvette Museum. I haven’t been to the Newport Aquarium, although my wife and son have.