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Columns

  • Forgotten things remembered

  • S. Wiley: Theater carpenter

    It was breakfast last Saturday at the Ken Begley house. Everyone was asleep except for me and my 89- year-old former New York City financial advisor, Mr. S. Wiley. I’ve been holding Mr. Wiley hostage for the last few years, ever since he lost all my retirement money in the stock market bubble when it popped.
    Mr. Wiley was drinking his coffee and reading the paper when he said, “My, my young man, I’ve lived 89 years I’ve never seen such a shellacking in all my life.”
    “You mean Obama and the Democrats in the last election?”

  • Protect your home from bed bugs


    Remember the nursery rhyme – “Good Night, Sleep Tight, and Don’t Let the Bed Bugs Bite?” No longer is this just a nursery rhyme. Bedbugs are considered to be public health pests by the Center for Disease Control (CDC), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). Recent complaints about bed bugs are increasing and have prompted a joint statement on bed bug control by the CDC and the EPA.
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  • Overstuffed with stuff


    I have too much stuff. I know I do.
    But on second thought, do I? How do we know when we have too much stuff? Who is the judge of that?
    My guess is, I’m not alone in thinking I have too much stuff; most Americans would join me in the “I’ve got too much stuff” confessional.  In our consumer driven society, owners of speciality stores make money helping us find ways to store more of our stuff so they buy more stuff for themselves.

  • A word from Begley's better half

    Being the wife of Ken Begley has led to my mention in his weekly column more than once.  Many people come up to me and ask what keeps me from killing him.  I just smile and say that it is all in fun, and I take everything he says with a grain of salt.  So many read his columns and believe everything he has written is the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.  I have to explain to them that Kenny has a very overactive imagination, and most things he writes about never happened the way he described in The Springfield Sun.  

  • A crime that needs more punishment

     

    By Francesca Tabor-Miolla, Guest Columnist
    Animal cruelty and pet abandonment are due to ignorance, stupidity and lack of compassion and the act is unconscionable.
    On a 100-degree afternoon in August, a lone car pulled into the Lebanon Wal-Mart parking lot, opened the door and dragged a poor unsuspecting seven-month-old pup out of the car taking off her collar and simply drove away.

  • Show your support to military families

    Veterans make up 10.4 percent of Kentucky’s population according to the 2008 figures from the U.S. Census Bureau.
    We have military members, including active duty, National Guard and Reserve, who are called up and deployed as the state and country need their help.
    Deployment may be sudden or expected. When a deployment happens, it leaves a large hole in the heart and in the family’s daily habits, tasks and activities. 

  • The bully in you


    It seems bullying is epidemic these days. The cruel facts reveal that 23 percent of elementary students report being bullied one to three times in the last month; 77 percent of students report having been bullied; and each day 160,000 kids stay home from school for fear of being bullied.

  • Phantom


    A great musical called “Phantom” is now playing at the Opera House in Springfield. It played to sold out crowds this past weekend and will play again this Friday and Saturday, Nov. 5-6 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 7, at 2 p.m.
    Please believe me when I say that this is not a high school play.
    Directors Jan and Scott Fattizzi and the Central Kentucky Community Theatre group have created their most impressive production to date that will blow your mind with song, dance, and multiple staging. This cast of 32 is putting on one heck of a show.

  • Political ads gone wild!

    Mama always said, “Not all attention is good.”
    Whew, we’ve seen the truism of mama’s dictum in political ads this campaign year. Politicians, Republican and Democrat, conservative and liberal, have in an effort to draw attention to the flaws of their opponents, used attack ads, and more often than not, drawn negative attention to themselves.