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Columns

  • Saying goodbye


    Goodbyes are never easy, but they are often necessary. This one is no different.

    For those who may not know, I have received a promotion and will now serve as publisher and editor of the Central Kentucky News-Journal in Campbellsville. The CKNJ is owned by Landmark Community Newspapers, Inc., which also is the parent company of The Springfield Sun.

  • An old practical joker

    Some 38 years ago I worked on Main Street at a clothing store called Cunningham’s.  You wouldn’t know it now, but Cunningham’s was a family-run business that operated for almost 150 years in Springfield.  
    It was the anchor of all commerce in downtown Springfield, and probably hit its peak in the 1940s.  It was located right across from the present-day Springfield State Bank.  The last Cunningham, Clifton, died a few years ago, and the store sits empty today.

  • Let's put a stop to school bullies

    Not because I was a “green” freshman or because I was a little fish in a bigger pond. Rather, it was terrifying for me because I was bullied.
    There were a group of girls that got a rise out of picking on my twin sister, our best friend and me. It started out with spitballs being thrown at us in the gymnasium bleachers. The spitballs eventually turned into big wads of bubble gum. And, of course, name-calling was a common occurrence.

  • Empty rooms filled with memories

    “All that had been used to make it a dwelling place, by my folks on back, by Grover and me… all the memories of all the lives that had made it and held it together, all would come apart and be gone as if it never was.”
    from Sold, a short story by Wendell Berry

  • The Music Man

    “You watch your phraseology!”
    Jerry Grider as Mayor Shinn, to the wild kid.

     
    Great honk!
    “The Music Man” has rolled into The Opera House in Springfield, and this town will never be the same.

  • Smoking: The truth never hurts

    The purpose is to get people to quit. Simple as that.
    The Federal Drug Administration recently announced that beginning September 2012, it will require larger, more prominent health warnings on all cigarette packaging and advertisements in the United States.
    The changes will be the first in more than 25 years and are “a significant advancement in communicating the dangers of smoking,” according to the FDA.

  • Excellence at WCHS

    “The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.”
    William Arthur Ward

    Teaching is more than an art. It’s extremely hard work when it’s done right.  

  • Burning bridges

    All the burning bridges that have fallen after me
    All the lonely feelings and the burning memories
    Everyone I left behind each time I closed the door
    Burning bridges lost forevermore

    Lyrics to “Burning Bridges”

    When I was young, I was always a loner.

  • My stuff's not junk

    “You’ll find you’ve brought too much stuff.”
    The words were softly spoken — almost as if to himself — by a retired pastor, a resident of my parents’ retirement community. He seemed to know by observation and personal experience: we take too much stuff with us.

  • Grateful for their service

    The black and white picture of the B-24 on the front of the time-worn postcard caught my attention. I flipped it over to find my dad’s barely legible handwriting, smeared as it was by an aged water stain. It was postmarked, Dec. 12, 1944, from San Marcos Army Air Field, San Marcos, Texas.