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Today's Opinions

  • Readers write

    To the citizens of the 11th Judicial Circuit:

    It is with great regret that I have resigned my position as Circuit Judge of the 11th Judicial Circuit in order to enter the Senior Status Judge Program. It has been a pleasure to serve the citizens of Washington, Marion, Taylor and Green Counties as your judge for the past 25 years, 14 as your District Judge and the last 11 years as your Circuit Judge. It has been a very humbling experience for me and I hope that I served you with distinction during that time.

  • Where were you when the power blew?

    Snowmen fall from heaven... unassembled.        

    - Author Unknown

     

    I know, I know. We had an ice storm, not a snowstorm.  But how many good ice storm quotes can you come up with?  That’s what I thought.

    The ice storm didn’t bother me so much.  

    Shoot, being trapped in the house, electricity out, water gone, phones dead, and food running low ain’t nothing.  That’s because my family has been preparing for this for a long time.

    How, you ask?

  • Blessings in disguise

    Over the past week, the residents of Washington County have been through some tough times, but in looking back, we also have a lot to be thankful for in our lives. Now, for those who are still without power, you may find this a little harder to understand, but we are definitely fortunate.

  • Matthew's Story

    Not every young man or woman is meant to go to college.  Some will struggle, for lack of interest, in even completing high school.  In fact, staying out of trouble may even be a major undertaking.  What do you do in a case like that?  

     Today’s story involves a young man named Matthew who took a different and unexpected path toward his life.  He left everything he knew and set out for the adventure of a lifetime at the age of 16.

  • Man wants county-wide cleanup to continue

    Dear Editor,

    The annual spring roadside junk pickup in Washington County is a great benefit to area residents. Once a year we get a great opportunity to clean out barns, fields, garages and homes.  The county gets access to recyclable metals that can be sold to help recover collection costs.

  • Be careful, not paranoid

    I’m sometimes amazed at the actions of others.

    Even with all I’ve seen through my job, some things still catch me off guard and leave me scratching my head in bewilderment.

    I had one of those head-scratching moments this week after watching Cox’s Creek resident Mark Mudd on “American Idol.” The reality show held auditions in Louisville last fall and Mudd decided he would try to earn a spot on the show by singing George Jones’ “White Lightning.”

  • January is National Blood Donor Month

    A real challenge and a lifesaving opportunity in our midst.

    Approximately every two seconds someone in America needs blood. Blood is needed every day for patients with blood disorders, those being treated for burns or undergoing chemotherapy, and premature babies, just to name a few. The need is constant.  

  • 45 minutes from death

    Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send?  Who will go for us?  “Here I am,” I said:  “Send me!”

    Isaiah Chapter 6: Verse 8

    Have no doubt.

    God is listening to you.

    He does answer prayer.  

    Most of the time he answers these prayers through people living around us.  They are the few that answer the call of the Lord when he asks, “Whom shall I send?”