I read with great interest an old children’s book I found in an antique store, “Aesop’s Fables.” It was printed in 1950, I think, so it was old enough to be interesting to me but probably not to a serious bibliophile. The watercolor images of the "Hare and the Tortoise" and the "Boy Who Cried Wolf" were still bright though the pages were smudged around the edges by countless little hands that held up the book to have it read just once more before bedtime. I read the ageless wisdom set in a Century Schoolbook font and one fable made me think about House Bill 5, which has now become our law.

The bourbon distillers decided that paying a tax on all the millions of barrels of bourbon whiskey gently expanding and contracting in thousands of rickhouses dotted all over the Bourbon Trail counties was negatively impacting their bottom lines.

John Arnett

John Arnett

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