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When I first read a story about Houston officials issuing a subpoena for the sermons and some correspondence of five ministers in the city, I mumbled, “What were they thinking?”

It appears I was not the only one landing on that spot.

The controversial subpoena serves as a byproduct of the city’s efforts to protect gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender residents through the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance.

Ordinance No. 2014-530 passed on 11-6 roll call vote in June.

 
 

If I am like most Americans, the spread of the Ebola virus seemed like the least of my worries when it came to my health.

How could it make its way to Bowling Green, Ky.? And if by some long shot it did, how could I come in contact with it?

My attitude about that changed when I started grasping at the straws of fear.

 
 

I have not watched “The Roosevelts: An Intimate History,” which started airing on Sept. 14.

I plan to watch it, but 14 hours of video — even Ken Burns-produced video — I could cannot handle at the time.

But it seems to have drawn quite a bit of attention, and friends and colleagues who have watched it have provided rave reviews.

Historians — those that come with portfolio and those with less cachet — routinely place the Roosevelt presidents in the Top 10 of all who have served in that office.