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Today's Opinions

  • What I learned from Junior Miss

    The Washington County Junior Miss competition finished up last week. Miss Anna Pettus took a well-earned first place. The 13 girls were all beautiful, and the program they put on would make anyone, not just a relative, proud of our young women. My hat is off to all involved in this production of talent, poise, and athletic dance routines. I can’t imagine all the work involved behind the scenes.

    I had never been to one of these programs before in its 35-year history. I really wouldn’t have been to this one except that my daughter, Brenda, competed in it.

  • Special session brings sensible decisions

    The 2010 Special Session closed with the passage of a two-year budget, a road plan, and an unemployment insurance bill.  After much public pressure, the House Majority agreed to a responsible budget without job-killing taxes and significantly decreased state debt.  It is a fiscally-conservative budget that reflects the common-sense values of Kentucky families who are struggling in this economy.  State government is not, and should not be, immune from the same challenges.   In this vein, the General Assembly also put a plan in place to pay back the federal government

  • Readers Write: Cemetery improvements appreciated by families, visitors

    Dear Editor,

  • The Far Banks of Jordan

    If it proves to be his will that I am first to go

    And somehow I’ve a feeling it will be

    When it comes your time to travel likewise don’t feel lost

    For I will be the first one that you’ll see.

    Lyrics to The Far Banks of Jordan

    A few weeks ago I went to spend the afternoon with a woman who had lost her husband of 58 years a few weeks prior.

    Fifty-eight years of marriage. Can you imagine that?

  • Readers Write: Readers pleased with cemetery improvements

    Dear Editor,

    I would like to express how happy I am the road in Evergreen Cemetery at Willisburg has been reopened.

    My husband and I visit my mother and father’s grave real often, and we don’t have to walk a distance since the road has been reopened.

    My mother was very unhappy when the road was closed because she could not walk the distance to put flowers on my father’s grave.

    Other families I have talked with are very grateful the decision to reopen the old road has been made.

    Sincerely,

  • Talking to yourself

    “One advantage of talking to yourself is that you know at least somebody’s listening.”

    Franklin P. Jones (American Businessman, 1887-1929)

    I’ve always tended to talk out loud to myself when I’m writing. You know, just to see how things sound, and such. As I get older, I tend to do this more and more. You may not know it but they say this is a sign of great genius.

    “Who says that,” you ask.

  • It breaks your heart

    Angelo Bartlett Giamatti, former President of Yale University and before his untimely death in 1989 at the age of 51, the seventh commissioner of Major League Baseball, said of the game he loved, “It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart.”

  • Will my dog be in Heaven?

    People sometimes ask me if their dog will be in Heaven. My short answer is, tongue in cheek, “Heaven? Yes. Hell? No!”

    I do believe dogs will be in Heaven, but since they are not capable of making moral decisions, Hell is not an option. It is only by God’s mercy that dogs, or humans for that matter, will be in Heaven. Now, before you protest that mercy is reserved exclusively for humans, since only they are responsible for moral decisions, let me explain.