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Today's Opinions

  • Stories from the baptistery

    Connor rocked back and forth on his heels, biting his lip as his eyes darted back and forth, scanning my office.

    It was his baptism day.

    “It’s OK to be nervous,” I said, trying to put him at ease as he left my office with his parents on the way to the baptistery.

    His father had warned me earlier that Connor was anxious about being baptized.

    “He’s worried that you’re going to ask him a lot of questions,” his dad had grinned.

  • Seeking advice

    Years ago, I was having my uncle, Jimmie Carrico, build an addition on to my house. Uncle Jimmie is a true craftsman who can construct most anything that involves wood, concrete or running heavy construction equipment.

    I, on the other hand, couldn’t hammer a nail straight into a 2x4 even if my life depended on it. As we were talking about what I wanted done, Uncle Jimmie kept politely saying, “Now, if I was you, I would do this” and “If I was you, I would do that.”

  • ‘I’m not sports’

    By Brooke Coulter

    My four-year-old, Cate, tells me, “I’m not sports” and she gets this very honestly not from her father, whom will play anything that involves a ball, but from me.  Growing up, I was always taller and not athletic. I would often get frustrated by the never-ending question, “Do you play basketball?” to which my answer would always be “no” in an annoyed tone.

  • How about some accountability?

    Something that’s been hard to miss in the national media recently, particularly if you follow sports media, is what has been unfolding in the aftermath of star NFL running back Ray Rice’s suspension.

  • All the world’s a stage

    “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players. They have their exits and their entrances, and one man in his time plays many parts.”
    - William Shakespeare

    Community theater production seems to really have taken off here in central Kentucky. Washington County’s theater group is now joined by live theater in all of the surrounding counties, as well.

  • LETTER: Protect your pets from the heat

    Dear editor,
    Hot weather is upon us and with the rise in temperatures comes much suffering for animals.

    Dogs are descendants of the wolf, an animal who spends his days in the cool forests or in rock shelters. Just as the wolf seeks shelter from the sun, dogs also need shade. Rather than providing shade, a doghouse sitting in the sun quickly becomes an oven. Deprived of shade, a dog can die a slow and painful death from heat stroke. Doghouses need to be placed under a large tree or a side porch needs to be built on the house to provide shade.

  • LETTER: A hat tip to the fire department

    Dear editor,
    This letter is to express our gratitude to the Springfield Fire Department for their good work extinguishing a grass fire at our property on July 4. Our family has recently moved to Springfield from southwestern Pennsylvania. We have found the town to be the friendliest place we have lived after trying out several areas throughout the United States. We are blessed in our new home with excellent neighbors and many new friendships. It’s a great place to raise a family.

  • Look into my father-in-law’s eyes

    The eyes that once danced with life — eyes that could focus with the intensity of an eagle after its prey or love with the affection of a mother for her baby — now stare blankly at nothing, emotionless. I peer into those eyes, hoping for something: maybe the reboot of a soul, the reemergence of then into now, the return of the Old George I miss so much.