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Opinion

  • To the Editor,

  • Do you hear that?   

    It’s getting louder!

    It’s the steady tick-tock of the clock winding down.

    St. Valentine’s Day is almost here, and time is running out for great ideas.  You guys are going to be either the hero or the goat come the 14th.

    I was doing drills this past weekend in Louisville with my Army Reserve unit.  Yet my mind was preoccupied by this subject.  I had no idea what to get Cindy.  So I did what all men do in cases like this.  I asked another guy for advice.

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.”

  • 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.  

  • 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?”

  • For several years now, I’ve heard stats released at the start of a new year about how much time the American workforce wasted in the past year, and how that time was spent.

    Without fail, fantasy sports are credited, or blamed, depending on how you look at it, as being the largest waste of time in the average American’s work day. Anywhere from 30 minutes in some cases, to as many as two hours are spent on fantasy sports by some workers, and the employers are footing the bill while their productivity suffers.

  • Children nowadays are tyrants. They contradict their parents, gobble their food and tyrannize their teachers.

    Socrates, died 399 BC

    I’m philosophically opposed to engaging in debate with the younger generation when it comes to standards of morals and behavior.

    Does that make sense?

    No?

  • Thanks to the trust of the people of Kentucky, I’ve received the privilege of another term in the U.S. Senate. That’s an extraordinary gift from the voters, and I’m grateful to have the next six years to serve our Commonwealth and our country.

    As a new Congress and a new presidential administration begin, I look for lessons from great Kentuckians who have served our state in public office in the past. One who stands out is Wendell Ford.

  • To the Editor:

    I am writing to publicly recognize Kentucky legislators who supported Senate Bill 96 and House Bill 162 in the 2008 legislative session. These bills require insurance companies to provide a health benefit for colon cancer testing. Gov. Steve Beshear signed these bills into law on April 15, 2008, and they are effective Jan. 1, 2009. Requiring insurance companies to provide for colon cancer screening will go a long way in helping reduce the impact of colon cancer in our state.

  • Changes are coming to almost all businesses in today’s world, and the economy is behind many of those changes. We see people doing things differently in the way they provide services, and often, those changes are not for the better.

    In our business here at The Springfield Sun, we realize we are part of a very different industry these days than just a few years ago. In fact, things are changing by the minute in the newspaper business in our country and even around the world.

  • The River of Life Church, located on Highway 555 across from Idle Hour Park in Springfield, will be giving a free showing of the marriage-building movie “Fireproof Your Marriage.” It will be shown on Saturday, Jan. 10 at 7 p.m. at the church. The doors open at 6:30 p.m. and everyone in the community is invited. More information can be had at (859) 336-7604.

  • When you get married you become as one with your wife or husband. What you do affects him or her as surely as it affects you. You’re responsible to that person by a bond of love. That love demands you make every decision in your life centering on protecting that relationship.

    When you have children that bond and commitment multiplies.Major decisions you make at that point in your life can become complicated. It leads to conflict within you.

  • Motivational speaker’s visit was a success

    Dear Editor,

  • The Birth of Jesus

    1In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2(This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3And everyone went to his own town to register.

  • “The Lord is with you.”

    The Angel Gabriel speaking to Mary

    The quote you see above was said by the Angel Gabriel to Mary announcing the coming of Jesus Christ. Mary was about to conceive a child without ever knowing man. God knew, as good a woman as Mary was, she would still need his help, his divine protection, for the road that was ahead of her.

    Divine protection.