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Today's Opinions

  • LETTER: Legislators dropped the ball

    Dear editor,
    Most Kentuckians overwhelmingly regard themselves as Christian and pro-life. So why did our legislators in committee again this session vote down Senate Bill 3 requiring face-to-face consultation 24 hours in advance of, and House Bill 575 and Senate Bill 8, which would have mandated an ultrasound before an abortion. These three bills would give women better understanding of the procedure and promote “informed consent” before they decide whether to terminate a pregnancy.

  • Behind enemy lines

    As was the case for any UK fan, my weekend was filled with a roller-coaster of emotions, from desperation to worry to unmatched joy. The NCAA tournament games on Friday and Sunday were nothing more than two-hour heart attacks, and I can’t take much more of it.

    In what was clearly an effort to wrack my own nerves to an irreparable level, I even decided to head to Louisville to watch the games with friends.

    But there’s more.

  • Sing a song of happiness

    “The sun is finally out, the weather is warming up, I’m definitely heading home and putting on my Beach Boy records,” a friend once told me one bright, sun-shiny spring day, back when people still played records.

    I now know why she was thinking about those good vibrations: We tend to invoke music that parallels the circumstances of our lives.

  • Then I’ll be happy

    ‘Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.’
    - Abraham Lincoln

    Probably one of the greatest traps that I ever fell into as a young man was deciding that I would be happy if and when some predetermined event took place in the future. I would think “If this happens, then I’ll be happy. If that happens, then I’ll be happy.

    People do this all the time.

  • The kindness of a stranger

    Dear Editor,
    I recently encountered a selfless, anonymous person and had to let everyone, especially the people of Springfield, know that there are Good Samaritans everywhere among us.

    I recently visited a friend in Springfield to help him run an errand that he could not afford to do himself. I also didn’t know for sure if I had enough gas to get from my home (Lebanon) to Springfield and back, as I am currently broke and unemployed.

  • Newspapers let the sun shine light on government

    There’s a lot of information out there, and you have the right to almost all of it, especially when it comes to your government.

    This week is Sunshine Week in the news industry, and it’s a time to recognize the importance of letting light shine on open government and freedom of information, thus the name.

    We are often asked why we publish some things in our paper, like property transfers, food service inspections and other items of public record. The answer is an easy one; you have the right to know.

  • The Bible’s message is not just in words

    If you were to insist that what makes the Bible a special book is not its outward appearance—whether it’s bound in leather or cloth, colored bright pink or plain brown — but what’s inside — its message, meaning, and purpose, I would heartily agree.

    But then again, the very presence of the Good Book can not only speak to the soul, it can even save a life.

  • The shoe story

    I owned three pairs of shoes when this story began.

    A pair of shoes showed up at my house a few years back. That’s not all that unusual, except these showed up by themselves with no one attached.

    I was coming up the drive to the garage one day when I saw a plastic Wal-Mart bag with something in it lying against the house. There’s always something laying around our house, mostly kids, so my curiosity wasn’t peaked until a couple of days later. The bag was still there.