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Today's Opinions

  • Saying thanks to our veterans

    “Surrounded?  I like to be surrounded.”

    Unknown U.S. Army Ranger

    I love that quote.

    The story behind it involves a convoy that had been ambushed by Taliban fighters in some forsaken mountain pass in Afghanistan.  The fight carried on for some time with the Taliban closing in.  Frantic radio calls for help seemed to go unanswered.  The officer leading the convoy began to expect the worst would happen. 

  • Richard, Stella and me

    Hey everybody! How’s it going?

    The old “Great Recession” seems to still have a lot of steam left, doesn’t it?  Well, let me tell you, things are pretty sparse around the old Begley household while I wait for my next paycheck.  

    The other day we were down to our last jar of peanut better with only dribs and drabs left.  We had one  final piece of bread, as well.  So, being the good dad that I am, I decided to make the ultimate sacrifice to ensure the kids got full benefit.  

  • Readers Write: Isaiah House needs your support

    To the Editor,

    I have lived here in Willisburg for the last 25 years.  It is a little town in North Washington County that many like myself call home. 

  • Thieves invade 'handbag heaven'

    It all started with a purse.

    A very, very expensive purse named “Stevie.”

    No, really, I’m serious. The very, very expensive purse’s name - or its design rather - was “Stevie.”

    So, obviously, it was the perfect gift for my twin sister to surprise me with on our 30th birthday. You see, I had never been the “expensive purse” type. Give me a cheap handbag from one of our local department stores (or should I say our only department store) and I was good to go. That is, before I was introduced to “Stevie.”

  • It's a duct tape world

    The other day, my wife was picking out a newborn baby gift for a friend.  It was their  first kid.  We were at Wal-Mart and she asked me,  “Should I get diapers or an outfit?”  I replied,  “How about duct tape and rubber cement glue instead?”

    She gave me a look too tired and disinterested to even ask for an interpretation.  “I think I’ll just put money in a card instead.”

  • 13 ghosts

    The Central Kentucky Youth Actors will be performing Dracula at the Opera House on Friday, Oct. 23 at 7 p.m., and Sunday, Oct. 25 at 2 p.m.  My little girl, Jenny, is in the play, and I’ll be watching the Sunday performance.  Come on out and see what these kids can do on stage, and we can talk at intermission.  That is unless I owe you money or something.

    You know what?  You don’t?  Well that’s what I’m here for.  I’ll tell you what.

  • Think pink for October

    October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

    This year, more than 182,000 American women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. Breast cancer is currently the second leading cause of cancer-related death in women, following only lung cancer. While the disease affects primarily women, approximately 1,700 men are diagnosed with breast cancer each year as well.

  • Showbiz really pays!

    Talk about a great day; we sure had one in Springfield Sunday.

    After a weather delay on Friday, Sunday saw sunshine and blue skies as the crew of Two Popes Production Company began filming a TV commercial for Bluegrass Cellular on Main Street.

    When filming was ready to begin, Kathy Elliott and the folks at Springfield City Hall made it known that they needed extras for the shoot. A few people showed up early Sunday morning, and lots of others came later that afternoon for the parade scene.