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Opinion

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Dear Editor,

    I was very surprised and disappointed to read in the “Springfield Sun”, Sept.  30, 2009 edition, that the county denied the request from the Chamber of Commerce to continue their annual funding of $5000.

    My husband and I worked in the Chamber of Commerce booth on Saturday morning of the Festival and had numerous people from out of town stop in to talk. Most had ties in the county from way back and looked forward to our Festival each year for a chance to visit with family and friends.

  • It actually happened.  The Central Kentucky Youth Actors cast of ‘Grease’, under the direction of Jan Fattizzi,  really did make it to Disney, and they had a truly fabulous performance.  The crowd loved it!  The applause was huge!  A couple from Germany wanted to know the time of their next performance because they wanted to watch our kids again because they were so good!  

    Yes, the CKYA cast of ‘Grease’ played to an international audience at Downtown Disney during Magic Music Days.  

  • It’s hard to imagine that anyone could call it common, but it seems these days, getting attention from a movie company or some other group that can bring publicity to our little town of Springfield is, well, kind of common.

    In the four years I’ve lived here, we now have our third brush with stardom. First, it was the 2007 shot at hosting the world premier of “The Simpsons Movie.” We didn’t win the grand prize, but we were recognized around the globe, and had voters casting their ballots for us to be the true home of the animated television series.

  • “Enjoy your family and the life you have now.”

    Norma Goode

    I like that quote.  It came from a card Norma sent me last week.  

  • Did you ever stop to think who was really a hero in your life, aside from giving it a fleeting thought?  I know the latter had been the case for me, that is, until I took the time to prepare this article.  What had changed for me?  Actually, it is the person who this article is about.  That person is Myles Brand, recently deceased president of the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

    What makes Myles Brand a hero in my eyes?  Actually, it is many different things, but mainly it is the courage he displayed in many challenging situations.

  • To the citizens of Washington County

  • My father was never a hunter, so therefore I didn’t become a hunter.  

    I always felt like I missed something when guys would start talking about hunting deer, wild turkey (not the kind in a bottle), squirrel, and so on.  It just seemed so neat going into the woods and bringing back the equivalent of a side of beef.  Mind you, until I had kids, it seemed neater to just go to Hardee’s and pick up my beef already cooked and served on buns in an air-conditioned restaurant, but that’s another story.

  • It’s all too easy to become complacent when we’re doing something that’s second nature to us.

    Accidents most often happen when we’re doing something we’ve done hundreds - if not thousands - of times before.

    But when it comes to farming, that can be especially dangerous.

    According to the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety, farmers face a variety of hazardous environmental factors. Weather, terrain and atmospheric conditions all present a host of hazards and risks to agricultural workers.

  • The national health insurance debate has been going on for some time.  If there is anyone out there who can solve this knotty problem with a painless solution, then I’d hope they would also take the time to look into budget deficits, a Middle East peace plan, a cure for AIDS, and an energy substitute for oil, if they have the time.

    When I was young and single, I never thought this area would be of great concern.  My first individual insurance policy cost me $327 for one year.  I never filed a single claim on it.

  • Dear Editor,

  • You will need help at some point in life, no matter how good or strong you might be today.

    This is without a doubt.  Sometimes the hardest thing to do is accepting that fact and doing something about it.  The House of Hope in our little county is one shining, loving example of where hope and help can be found.

    The House of Hope, located at 108 Progress Ave. in Springfield, is a non-profit outreach center providing free mental, emotional, physical and spiritual support to pregnant women among our friends and family.  

  • True creative genius is seldom appreciated, and sometimes flashes of brilliance can be blinding to those all around you.

    Why, just the other day I had such an occurrence when I hollered for Cindy and . . .

    “Cindy, come here, come here, come here!!!”

    “What now?”

    “I just had a flash of brilliance and know how to get filthy rich.”

    “Really? Well, that’s great.  I’m going back to watch television.”

    “Don’t you want to hear my idea?”

  • Dear Editor,

    I would like to address the government health care proposal.

    On the surface, it looks like a great idea. All of the “poor people” will be able to access medical services at little or no cost to them. I think it was 46 million with no coverage who will be brought under the government’s plan.

    That is great until one looks at the cost, or who is going to pay (that is you and me — the ones who have worked and saved all of our lives to try to have a decent, secure retirement).

  • “The most remarkable thing about my mother is that for 30 years, she served the family nothing but leftovers. The original meal has never been found.”

    Calvin Trillin

    We always have a lot of leftovers at our home.  Did you know leftovers could be dangerous in certain circumstances?  You should read the rest of this article to discover why.

  • Dear Editor,

    This is an important notice to Washington County tax payers.

    The school board is asking for a general fund tax levy of 52.9 percent this year! This is 2 percent over the compensating increase of 50.9 percent.

    Your only chance to voice your opposition to this additional increase is at the school board meeting Wednesday, Aug. 26 at Central Office, 120 Mackville Hill.

  • I have a degree in liberal arts. Do you want fries with that?  

    Author unknown

    My oldest girl has headed off to the University of Louisville.  Renee will be rooming with her buddy, Kaly Edelen, at the Betty Johnson Dorm.

  • Dear Editor,

    Growing up in Washington County (White Hall) I always felt pride in our court house.

    I take The Sun, and when the issue came with the pictures of the new judicial center, I was so filled with pride, and awe, and we came to see it one Saturday this summer.

    Wow! It is so majestic and so beautiful, and I am sure Mr. Lincoln is proud to be standing “on guard”.

    Of course, we saw only the outside. Someday, maybe I can come and see the inside!

  • To the Editor,

    As you have all heard, the cast of Grease has been honored with an invitation to perform at Disney this October, and you can see by our list of fund raisers, the kids and their families have invested a lot of sweat and heart into this project.  These fundraisers are to defer the expense of travel and lodging, and any additional funds will be put into an account to support student scholarships.