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Opinion

  • 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.  

  • A big step was taken last Thursday night by the Washington County school board members, and I feel it was a step in the right direction.

    Robin Cochran was hired as the new superintendent of schools, filling a position that was vacated when Rob Stafford resigned earlier this year. Stafford was hired at the start of last school year, and his tenure here was quite short, but understandably so. With some family concerns on his mind, Stafford left Washington County to be closer to home, his wife and two young children, and I don’t see how anyone can blame him for that.

  • “It doesn’t matter if you win or lose, it’s what you do with your dancin’ shoes.”

    Vince Fontaine from the movie “Grease”

  • “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here I am. Send me!”

    Isaiah 6:8

     

    Sometimes people pray, and sometimes the actions of a person is a prayer in itself.

     There’s an extremely interesting article in a Catholic newspaper called The Record out of Louisville on former resident Hugh Haydon, son of C.H. and Frances Haydon of Springfield.  Record Staff Writer Marnie McAllister wrote it, and you can read the article on the Internet at www.readthesun.com.

  • This letter is in response to Sr. Claire McGowan’s Column of Aug. 5.

    Dear Editor,

    Science uses data and analysis to determine how our natural world functions. Neither emotional arguments nor unsubstantiated claims comprise a scientific debate. Sr. McGowan’s column used talking points Al Gore and the extreme environmentalists have been using to scare people into funding their causes.

  • School has almost started, and it’s time for me to pass along some words of wisdom to these high school kids that they can use for the rest of their lives.   I don’t have much wisdom, so read closely.  

    First, I need to ask you a few questions.

    Who would you really like to hang with?  

  • Wild claims and plenty of scare tactics are emerging about the dangers of reforming national energy policy.  Cooler reasonable heads are essential as we examine our current situation.  We need a major new national energy policy for four reasons:

    • Energy independence.  Currently we are almost completely dependent on other countries for our national oil supply.  This is a source of danger on many levels, including the hope of eventually achieving world peace.

  • Dear Editor,