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Opinion

  • 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.

  • “Hey, buddy, how are you doing? I haven’t seen you in years!”

    We’ve all been there - you’re out in a store or restaurant, and suddenly you see someone you recognize, and they recognize you - but you just can’t remember their name. You try hard, but you can’t seem to come up with that name you once knew well, so you just call them “Buddy” or “Pal”, or some other vague name like that, trying to conceal your forgetfulness.

  • Last week I put together an article where local elementary school youngsters ages seven to 13 asked questions that I put to local oldsters in their 90s. It was the largest column I ever put together, but it could have been several times that size. I spent about five hours relaying questions from these two totally different generations.

    You know what?

    I found talking with Mr. Hugh L. Gundy, Mrs. Mary Ann Hardin, and Mrs. Sadie Kate Leachman very calming and reassuring in the distressing times we live in.

    Let me explain.

  • It never ceases to amaze me how impressed visitors to our county are with our community and the positive comments they make about our county. They speak of the beauty of our countryside, the obvious pride that our citizens take in their property, and the friendliness of the people they meet here.

    Why do these themes seem to be prevalent among those who don’t know us well?

  • To many people, it must have been a remarkable picture.

    After months of bitter campaigning, President-elect Barack Obama sat next to Sen. John McCain for a meeting a few days ago. They talked at length about how they could reach across party lines to discuss - and move forward on - some of the nation’s most challenging issues.

    If they can do this on a national level, why can’t we do it in Kentucky?

  • History can be read from a book, but there is nothing like learning real history, or lessons from life, from people who have lived it.

    The following article taps into 277 years of living from Washington County residents Mr. Hugh L. Grundy (age 92), Mrs. Sadie Kate Leachman (age 94), and Mrs. Mary Ann Hardin (91).

    The rest of this column comes from questions raised by Mrs. Heather Purdom’s North Washington Elementary School first graders and Mrs. Inez Grider’s eighth graders at St. Dominic Elementary School.

  • The recent passing of Mrs. Chris Sisk triggered 1950’s memories of the “Ben Franklin Five and Ten Cent” store on Springfield’s Main Street. The glass bins of candy filled with chocolate stars, corn candy, malt balls, and many other candies come to mind. Mrs. Sisk was the proprietor who was also a gifted whistler. She was often called upon to provide entertainment at local events.

  • “Shopping is a woman thing. It’s a contact sport like football. Women enjoy the scrimmage, the noisy crowds, the danger of being trampled to death, and the ecstasy of the purchase.”

    Erma Bombeck

    You want to live life on the edge? Then my suggestion is to go shopping on the day after Thanksgiving, infamously known as “Black Friday.”

  • “We cannot do great things on this Earth, only small things with great love.”

    Mother Teresa

    A community Thanksgiving dinner will be served at the St. Dominic Elementary School cafeteria on Thanksgiving Day at no charge from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. All ages, cultures, and religions are welcome. It’s meant for people who just want to share this blessed time with others.

  • I can’t remember the first time I heard the old saying “What goes around, comes around” but I’m pretty sure it was during a lesson by my grandmother about the virtues of being kind or staying out of trouble. It can really apply to many things, but have you ever thought about this phrase as it relates to our local economy?

  • Dear Editor,

    Washington County Middle School students will be initiating a project titled “Pay It Forward”.

  • I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his place will be proud of him.

    Abraham Lincoln

    One Iraqi war veteran, Phillip Campbell, told me that Washington County does more for veterans than any other community that he knows. The biggest celebration has been the one at Washington County High. My father, a World War II vet, attends every year and positively beams when he talks about it.

    Yet there are numerous other smaller events that don’t always receive mention.