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Today's Opinions

  • Yet another hidden gem

    I’ve been at The Springfield Sun for two years now, and I can say without question that I still learn something new about Washington County every single week.

    Whether it’s meeting an interesting new person with a story to tell or discovering a place I had no idea existed, the story of Washington County is always unfolding in front of me.

  • What murders cannot kill

    There’s a surprising grace that falls our way whenever someone unexpectedly sings a beautiful song.

    It was a Susan Boyle moment whenever Angela Hockensmith began her solo in our church one Sunday morning. I could sense people looking wide-eyed at each other. Like me, they were silently saying, “I didn’t know she could sing like that.”

  • ‘Beyond glory’

    “Beyond Glory is as stirring as taps at dusk.”
    - Wall Street Journal Review

    You know I come from a family that has a long history of serving in the military.

    My grandfather served in France during World War I.

    My father and six uncles served in both the Pacific and European theaters during World War II. One of those uncles was captured during the Battle of Kasserine Pass in North Africa and spent the next 26 months as a prisoner of war.

  • It’s a festive time of year

    We’re midway through September and headed straight for October. That can only mean one thing: the festivals are on the way.

    It’s a unique time of year for many, but especially those of us in central Kentucky.

    Events and holidays come and go throughout the year, but nothing has a community feel like a local festival.

    In Springfield it’s the Kentucky Crossroads Harvest Festival, while Marion County has Ham Days and Nelson County the Bourbon Festival.

  • Who is rich?

    The real measure of your wealth is how much you’d be worth if you lost all your money.
    - Author unknown

    Every so often I’m tempted to buy a lottery ticket. Especially when you see the dollar figure get up into the hundreds of millions.

    The chances of winning are about as likely as getting struck by a meteor or Congress doing something useful.

    Still, it’s a nice little dream isn’t it?

  • Remember where you were

    Today is the day that we all remember where we were.

    I can’t recall speaking to a single person who doesn’t remember where they were on Sept. 11, 2001.

    I was in my eighth-grade language arts class at St. Charles Middle School, watching as the news unfolded. I still remember hearing that something terrible had happened, before seeing for myself when the TV was wheeled into the room from down the hall.

  • Enjoying the prime of your life

    Usually when someone makes a positive comment about a picture I’m in, I take it because it doesn’t happen often. Mr. Photogenic I am not. So when a dear, saintly lady in my church complimented the “wonderful” picture of my son Dave and me taken during this year’s Vacation Bible School, I had to take a second look at it because there was something about it I didn’t like.

  • ‘Can you sew up my teddy bear?’

    I want to talk with you today about a new organization in Washington County called The Mary Ministry.

    It’s named after The Most Blessed Virgin Mother of Jesus Christ and focuses on changing the lives of single mothers who are raising children through a training and mentoring program.

    But first I want to tell you about the quote that is the headline of this column.