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Today's Opinions

  • The Easter people

    “Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people, and hallelujah is our song.”

          Pope John Paul II

     

    You know the Good Lord could never make anything without two sides to it in this old world.

    If there is light, then there must be darkness.  If there is up, then there must be down. If there is life, then there must be death.

  • Proposed tax changes concern Higdon

    Even before the House of Representatives passed its $17.5 billion budget proposal, the Senate Appropriations and Revenue Committee had our first meeting to discuss some of the tax measures that affect business. I am very concerned that these measures will hinder job creation. In the committee, I heard testimony from 10 business representatives who discussed how taxing businesses, including farms, which are already struggling would have a negative impact on employment.

  • Mistakes along life's way

    “A picture is worth a thousand words,” so the saying goes, and I might add, “It lasts forever when it’s on the Internet.” I have no idea if Rielle Hunter or the eighth grade girl whose boyfriend allegedly sold the nude pictures of herself she sexted (sending sexually explicit messages or photos by mobile phones) him, thought about the implications of what they were doing when they posed, Reille before a professional photographer, the girl before her own cell phone.

    If they didn’t then, they have now.

  • Things aren't always as they seem

    I’m guilty of a grievous breech of southern etiquette. I fail to wave back to people when driving down the road.  

    If you’ve ever waved to me when you’ve seen me driving, then please don’t take offense if I didn‘t wave back.  I never see anything except those white and yellow lines while driving down the road.  I never look into other people’s cars while driving.  I didn’t even know that people were waving to me until my kids mentioned it one day.  

  • Life without lyrics

    All I needed were the lyrics to go with the title of my country music song.

  • What goes around comes around

    “Kids, you can’t beat them.  Especially where it shows.”

    Unknown Parent

     

    I stopped off at St. Dominic to pick up Cindy last Wednesday right after school.  I was surprised to find her rolling around the office while laughing her head off.  

    “Poor old girl.  She’s finally lost it,” I thought.

    I immediately took charge and said, “Get off the floor.  Your clothes will get dirty.”

  • The story behind "Lean on Me"

    Lean on me

    when you’re not strong

    I’ll be your friend

    I’ll help you carry on

    for it won’t be long

    ‘till I’m gonna need

    somebody to lean on

     

    Stanza of Bill Wither’s song, “Lean on Me”

     

    Years ago I went shopping with Cindy in a mall in Louisville or Lexington.  I can’t remember which.  It must have been before we had kids because it was just us that day.

  • Life after suicide

    Neither of my high school friends let me in on their secret: they planned to commit suicide. They succeeded.

    Not at the same time. And by then we were miles and years apart. But it still shook me to the core when I heard the news. “Death by suicide.” My friends, they were, at least for some fun years. Football. Friday night school dances. Parties. Cruising. Hanging out.