When a drug can save an addict

The words “clean” and “sober” have merged in the popular lexicon and also underpin much drug control and treatment. A growing body of science suggests we need to rethink that widely held belief about addiction. Rather than abstinence, a substitute drug may provide the safest, or even the only, road to sobriety for many. This is especially true for people […]

Richard E. Yinger dies at 74

Richard E. Yinger, 74, of Big Cowan, died April 4 at Pikeville Medical Center. Born in York, Penn., he was a son of the late Robert Strohm Crouthamel and Marguerite Yinger Steiniger. He was also preceded in death by two sisters, Delores Gohn and Karen Richie, formerly of York, Penn. Surviving are his wife of 56 years, Patricia A. Yinger; […]

Jenkins police report ‘fake pot’ arrest

A Jenkins man found unresponsive after using synthetic marijuana in August has been arrested again, this time for selling fake pot. On August 1, Richard Earl Mullins Jr., 21, of 224 Wrights Hollow, was found lying unresponsive on the shoulder of Cove Road in Jenkins. Mullins was not breathing when Assistant Jenkins Police Chief Crystal Davis arrived on scene and […]

Last 30 days in Germany

I was coming to the end of my three-year assignment at Lindsey Air Station, located in the center of Wiesbaden, Germany. We had no planes or runways; it was the garden spot of Germany. Lindsey Headquarters was the largest building in the Air Force, and commanded all Air Force bases in Europe. I was the noncommissioned officer in charge (NCOIC) […]

The money game

I remember years ago asking then House Majority Leader Dick Gephardt why we Democrats persisted in the losing game of trying to raise as much “soft money” as the Republicans. Gephardt, the son of a milkman, the spokesman for working people (and for unions, who for a brief time thought they could beat business at the money game), shook his […]


The best shortcake recipe ever

To celebrate the arrival of strawberries, I’m sharing what I consider the absolute best biscuit recipe I’ve ever encountered. It was while I was working in Gourmet magazine’s test kitchen during the ‘80s that I was put on the quest for the best biscuit. I tested dozens of versions, using a variety of fats and liquids in different proportions — […]

Kiley Short named Rogers Scholar

Letcher County student Kiley Short has been selected by The Center for Rural Development to attend the 2015 Rogers Scholars program. Short, a sophomore at Letcher County Central High School, will join 63 high school students from southern and eastern Kentucky this summer for the 18th annual Rogers Scholars youth leadership program. Rogers Scholars — The Center’s flagship youth program […]

A less conservative America

WASHINGTON If Republicans are baffled by Hillary Clinton’s persistent lead in the polls despite months of bad publicity, they need only examine the tensions on display in their party over the last few days. It would be hard to conceive of a worse stretch for Clinton than a period that began with scrutiny of her use of a private email […]