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Today's Opinions

  • Motherly love

    I’ve spoken before about finding “hidden gems” in Washington County; places that unless you’ve lived here your entire life, you may not have had a clue existed.

    Last week, I was introduced to the St. Catharine Motherhouse, and though it’s certainly not hidden, it may best be described as an “underappreciated gem.”

  • Let’s just fist bump

    John Lennon and Paul McCartney couldn’t have known the danger in the words they wrote with the Beatles first major hit, “I Want to Hold Your Hand.”

    “And please say to me, you’ll let me hold your hand.”

    In case you haven’t heard, holding and shaking hands can be hazardous to your health.

  • The young ambassadors say buy local

    My 11-year-old daughter, Belle, is one of several young people in elementary and high school called “Young Ambassadors” for Washington County. It’s a neat program that gets these leaders of tomorrow to focus on what they can do to promote our community.

    One of the programs they are working on right now is a “Buy Local” campaign.

    Belle gave me a big list of reasons the young ambassadors came up with as to why you should buy local at our own small businesses for all your needs.

    It’s interesting.

  • A little on the culture of sports

    By Harry Toder

    Yesterday (Saturday, Feb. 22) I heard what I thought represented a very ugly side of sports. A caller called in to the Wildcats’ Men’s Basketball pre-game show, saying in so many words that the fans of Kentucky would only put up with Calipari’s record for a couple of more years (before there was trouble).

  • Readers write: Pipeline concerns

    Dear Editor:
    As distraught landowners along the proposed route for the Bluegrass hazardous liquids Pipeline, we wish to express our dismay upon finding stakes on our property on Sunday, February 16.  On two occasions, we have adamantly told the pipeline reps that we said “No” to the pipeline and did not want them on our property.

  • Readers write: Archery team needs community support

    Dear Editor:
    I was very glad to see the Washington County archery team finally get some recognition as a sport in the “On target” article in the Feb. 19 issue of The Springfield Sun. Mr. John Overby did a fine job on the article and photos.

    I think Coach Jeff Grigsby does an awesome job with these kids and I know that they have been trying to recruit more kids to be a part of this team, but that is hard to do when archery is not recognized as a sport like football, basketball, volleyball, etc. are.

  • The coalition needs you

    During my time in Springfield, the Washington County Heartland Youth Coalition has stuck out to me as one of the most impactful organizations in the area.

    It’s been a way for adults to reach teenagers about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse, while also allowing the teens to lead the charge themselves.

    Plenty of other counties have programs such as D.A.R.E. and other anti-drug campaigns, but the hands-on approach that the youth coalition has taken with students is what sets it apart from other organizations.

  • The great dodgeball shootout

    There was a gathering last Friday night at the St. Dominic “Tween Night” dodgeball shootout.

    It was one of those epic sport moments like when Secretariat won the Triple Crown or the Ali vs. Frazier prize fight or maybe the 1980 Olympic USA hockey team beating the Soviet juggernaut.

    The sixth-graders of St. D had dropped the gauntlet against their parents for a game of dodgeball.

    When I heard the challenge go forth, I pitied the fools.