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Today's Opinions

  • What matters

    Last week I put together an article where local elementary school youngsters ages seven to 13 asked questions that I put to local oldsters in their 90s. It was the largest column I ever put together, but it could have been several times that size. I spent about five hours relaying questions from these two totally different generations.

    You know what?

    I found talking with Mr. Hugh L. Gundy, Mrs. Mary Ann Hardin, and Mrs. Sadie Kate Leachman very calming and reassuring in the distressing times we live in.

    Let me explain.

  • County pride

    It never ceases to amaze me how impressed visitors to our county are with our community and the positive comments they make about our county. They speak of the beauty of our countryside, the obvious pride that our citizens take in their property, and the friendliness of the people they meet here.

    Why do these themes seem to be prevalent among those who don’t know us well?

  • Time to work together across party lines

    To many people, it must have been a remarkable picture.

    After months of bitter campaigning, President-elect Barack Obama sat next to Sen. John McCain for a meeting a few days ago. They talked at length about how they could reach across party lines to discuss - and move forward on - some of the nation’s most challenging issues.

    If they can do this on a national level, why can’t we do it in Kentucky?

  • Life now and then: 277 years of living

    History can be read from a book, but there is nothing like learning real history, or lessons from life, from people who have lived it.

    The following article taps into 277 years of living from Washington County residents Mr. Hugh L. Grundy (age 92), Mrs. Sadie Kate Leachman (age 94), and Mrs. Mary Ann Hardin (91).

    The rest of this column comes from questions raised by Mrs. Heather Purdom’s North Washington Elementary School first graders and Mrs. Inez Grider’s eighth graders at St. Dominic Elementary School.

  • Remembering Mrs. Chris Sisk

    The recent passing of Mrs. Chris Sisk triggered 1950’s memories of the “Ben Franklin Five and Ten Cent” store on Springfield’s Main Street. The glass bins of candy filled with chocolate stars, corn candy, malt balls, and many other candies come to mind. Mrs. Sisk was the proprietor who was also a gifted whistler. She was often called upon to provide entertainment at local events.

  • Black Friday is not for weenies

    “Shopping is a woman thing. It’s a contact sport like football. Women enjoy the scrimmage, the noisy crowds, the danger of being trampled to death, and the ecstasy of the purchase.”

    Erma Bombeck

    You want to live life on the edge? Then my suggestion is to go shopping on the day after Thanksgiving, infamously known as “Black Friday.”

  • St. Dominic community Thanksgiving dinner

    “We cannot do great things on this Earth, only small things with great love.”

    Mother Teresa

    A community Thanksgiving dinner will be served at the St. Dominic Elementary School cafeteria on Thanksgiving Day at no charge from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. All ages, cultures, and religions are welcome. It’s meant for people who just want to share this blessed time with others.

  • What goes around, comes around

    I can’t remember the first time I heard the old saying “What goes around, comes around” but I’m pretty sure it was during a lesson by my grandmother about the virtues of being kind or staying out of trouble. It can really apply to many things, but have you ever thought about this phrase as it relates to our local economy?