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Opinion

  • “Posterity — You will never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve YOUR freedom. I hope you will make good use of it.”

    John Quincy Adams

    You’ll agree that John Quincy Adams left us powerful instructions. This is a great time to cozy back up to our core values and examine the power and responsibility of our right to vote.

  • It’s been years since I’ve tried to set anything down into print, but when Jeff Moreland agreed to let me submit a guest column, I couldn’t resist taking a shot at it; good publicity’s been hard to come by this summer. Jeff wastes a lot of ink on his headlines, but he’s a fair man, he prints a factual story, and he has never misquoted anything I told him. So with apologies to all the English teachers in the Washington County schools, and the help of my daughter and her laptop, I’ll give it a try.

  • They say records are made to be broken, and as a sports fan, I’ve seen over the years just how true that statement can be. Unfortunately, as the current political season is in full swing, there are plenty of politicians out there who also believe promises are made to be broken.

    Have you listened to them lately?

  • Financial advisor.

    Definition: Institutional investor - Past year stock market investor who’s now locked up in a nuthouse.

    Hey everybody!

    You guys watch that stock market lately? The bubble popped and I was sitting right on top of it when it happened.

  • A couple of weeks ago, the United States was shell-shocked. Wall Street plummeted, leaving many Americans in a state of awe and panic. Likewise, the election of this year is likely to go down in history as the most controversial ever. Both Senators McCain and Obama are showing their true colors when it comes to the economic crisis. They believe that ripping each other’s throats out is going to steady the free-falling economy. A war between the presidential candidates is not what we need.

  • St. Dominic Grade School squared off against Washington County Middle School in the third annual Middle School Football Championship game a couple of weeks ago.

    On one side you had the St. Dominic Knights. A school, which had won the first and second championship games and had big winning seasons in each of those years.

    On the other side you had the Washington County Generals, a team that hadn’t had a win in five years.

  • County needs to support Red Cross

    Dear Editor,

  • Hi, my name is Louise Yates and 10 weeks ago I lost my soul mate, my best friend, and most of all, my husband.

    Ronnie fought cancer eight years and one month to the day. He died but he always said he wouldn’t give up and to the very end he didn’t. Cancer did not win – Jesus did!

  • Reader says abortion is biggest issue for election

    Dear Editor,

    The economy may be an important issue, but the economy strengthens and weakens with changing times, always has, and always will.

    It is my firm belief that the most important issue in the November election is that of pro-life. Nothing else can possibly be as important as “a matter of life or death”.

  • Do you like to waste your money? Probably not. How about having someone else waste it for you? That would be unthinkable, wouldn’t it?

    These days, when finances in our households as well as our government are in shorter supply than we would like, we need to watch how our money is being spent. Yet with money becoming more limited, there appears to be no limit when it comes to what our tax dollars are buying at the Washington County Public Library.

  • “Father, forgive them; they do not know what they are doing.”

    Jesus Christ to His Father while being crucified

    Forgiveness.

    How sweet the sound, how wonderful the feeling, how great is our God.

    Yet truly forgiving people when you have been gravely wronged can seem impossible to do. Sometimes forgiving yourself when you’re the one that did the wrong may be an even harder task.

    This might help.

  • Dear Editor,

    The Springfield-Washington County Rescue Squad is inviting you to assist us in money donations in order that we may continue to provide the services offered to our community. This annual event enables us to provide services such as vehicle extrication, assistance to the ambulance service, traffic control at accidents and special events, search and rescues, farm rescues and water rescues. These are just a few of the services that we render to our community. The money raised will be used to ensure that these services will continue to be available.

  • I’ve got a Christmas column that I’m planning on writing. I’m hoping some of you readers out there might help me out on two problems I have.

    First, I’m looking for a few local residents from Washington County in their 90’s. The project is to ask them a series of questions about changes they’ve seen and experienced in their lives.

    Second, I don’t want the questions to come from me. I want them to come from kindergarten and elementary children.

    Wouldn’t that be interesting?

    Think about it!

  • There’s one thing I’ve never understood about living in the South. When a crisis like a hurricane or snow storm looms, what’s the first thing we do? Pray? No. Run to the root cellar or basement? Nope.

    We run to the grocery store to buy bread and milk.

    I read the following on MSNBC.com talking about people’s reaction to Hurricane Ike’s sending gas prices to nearly $5 a gallon in Knoxville Saturday.

  • Dear Editor,

    How does a taxpayer get assistance from the local “officials” in Washington County, Kentucky?

    I have been trying to get two problems resolved. The first for 1 1/2 years, the replacement of a street sign, and the second for six months, the repair of two potholes.

  • I stopped off at the doctor’s office the other day. Doc’s always so glad to see me.

    “Hey Doc! How’s it going?” I said as he entered the examining room.

    It was like he hit an invisible wall when he suddenly looked up. We made eye contact and he shuttered.

    Doc suddenly got this pained look on his face. He must suffer from acid reflux or something. He’s always like this every time I come to see him. Poor fellow.

  • This is probably the most difficult, but I hope not controversial, articles that I have ever attempted to write.

    All juvenile sports programs are difficult to run and frequently lead to clashes between kids, coaches, and parents. By juvenile, I’m talking mainly about grades one through eight. These clashes tend to leave everyone involved with hurt feelings that may take years to heal due to things said in haste at the heat of the moment.

  • You probably don’t know, but Washington County is moving forward in defining the next generation of our school system. What do I mean? The Washington County School Board is in the process of selecting an architectural firm to help define our requirements and needs for our children and grandchildren.

  • It’s an obvious combination, and it only makes sense when you think about it.

    Newspapers and education are pretty much partners in the community. The goal of the newspaper is to inform and educate its readers about what happens in the community, and we strive to do that each week as we produce The Springfield Sun for our readers.

  • You know, it’s a really crazy, fast-paced world we live in. It’s so fast paced that we frequently get on each others’ nerves and the resulting stress makes you just want to run away.

    You ever feel that way? You ever wish you could be on some deserted island or off in some faraway mountains? Go where no one was there and you had nothing you had to do? If so, then you might enjoy a couple of stories I have and the answer might be surprising.