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Today's Opinions

  • Who’s the real straw man?

    Sometimes seemingly small matters turn out to have bigger implications than you originally thought.

    Take for example the Kentucky Tourism Development Finance Authority’s preliminary approval for state tax incentives for the Noah’s theme park in Northern Kentucky.  It seems like a small matter, especially in light of the fact that the park will likely boost tourism in the area.  

    Who could possibly object to that?

    The Americans United for the Separation of Church and State.

  • Remember the white stallion

    This story took place about five years ago.

    I remember it as if it were only yesterday.

    It began when I said:

    “You know what I’d do, Cindy? We need a lot of room to take everyone on vacation. I’d just mount up the old ‘White Stallion’ and go down to Gatlinburg on it. It’s got more room than the other vans.”

  • LETTER: Addressing rep’s stance on Obama

    Dear editor,
    Never in this great country’s 200-plus years has any legislative branch of Congress filed a lawsuit against a sitting president for actions which it deems as inappropriate and illegal by basically by-passing Congress through the presidential power of ‘executive order.’

    No lawsuit was filed by Congress when Franklin Roosevelt circumvented Congress by issuing an ‘executive order’ to intern over 127,000 Japanese-Americans during World War II.

  • Lessons learned teaching in China

    By David Donathan

    I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to round out my summer by teaching a summer English program at Northwest Agriculture and Forestry University (NAFU) in Yangling, China.

    Although I have been a college professor for many years, I did not anticipate the challenge or sense of professional accomplishment a four-week training session would bring.

  • Where is the love?

    Imagine that your 42-year-old son has died after a four-year battle with a rare disease that has destroyed his internal organs. You are grieving at his casket the night of the wake when an official of the church—the church which earlier in this horrid week approved the ceremony—calls you, informing you that they can no longer honor your request to have the funeral in the church as planned tomorrow.

    “Why?” you ask.

    “Because we found out your son was married…to a man.”

  • 1 in 300

    I love this job.

    I get invited to so many interesting events and meet so many fascinating folks that I wouldn’t get to otherwise.

    I mean, I can just walk up to anybody and say, “I work for The Springfield Sun and I was thinking of writing an article on you.”

    Then the magic begins. You never know where a story will come from, either.

  • LETTER: Information about advance directives

    Dear editor,
    There are problems associated with Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act Kentucky HIPAA. Individuals in recovery from mental health issues are often caught in a no-win situation due to regulations in place by the HIPAA laws. The law was enacted to protect people; however, in most cases, the law stops the loved ones of the person in crises from being able to help. Because of HIPAA, a hospital will not even acknowledge that an individual is at a facility.

  • LETTER: MDtoKY reunion thanks you

    To the Editor:
    On behalf of the MD to KY and Beyond Reunion, I would like to thank the   community of St. Catharine’s College and the Springfield area for helping to make our reunion such a success. Your kindness and warm hospitality for our nearly 500 guests from 27 states was most appreciated.We also want to extend a special thank you to the members of the Mid-Kentucky Chorus who provided the beautiful music at St. Rose Church on June 29th. We also appreciated the wonderful concert after mass at the  St. Catharine Motherhouse.