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Opinion

  • 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.

  • I’m going to turn 51 in October. That may sound old to some people, but I’m a spring chicken in the prime of my life. That’s what my 82-year-old daddy tells me every time we talk about age. He wouldn’t lie.

    You may doubt this, but I do all kinds of exercise because I’m still in the Army Reserve. I’ll have you know that I beat most everyone in my unit in the two-mile run. Of course my unit is a division headquarters where men less than 55 are called “sonny”.

  • Dear Editor,

    The Public Notice – 2008-09 Proposed Tax Rate Hearing, is Sept. 4, 2008 at 6:30 p.m. at Central Office, 120 Mackville Hill, Springfield to hear public comments regarding a proposed general fund tax levy of 52 cents on real property and 52 cents on personal property. This is the amount they are asking for, and will get if there is no question or opposition to the request.

    The 2008 tax levied was 50.8 cents, which costs us 50 cents on $100, on everything.

    After the fact people had questions and said they didn’t know about it.

  • Will you vote Nov. 4? Within 11 weeks we will have another presidential election, deciding the direction of our country and the influences it will have on the world. The U.S. Census Bureau indicates that less than 64 percent of registered voters actually voted in the 2004 election, or six out of every 10 registered voters. The numbers decrease as the elections become more intimate at the state, county and city levels. Why so few? Can our vote make a difference?

  • By Lauren White

    Washington County High School Senior

    As the program that I have anticipated for a year draws to a close, I can’t help but feel a bit of sorrow.

  • By Jeff Moreland

    Editor/General Manager

    I’m a sports fan, and there’s no questioning that.

    I can sit and watch any team play baseball, basketball or football, regardless of whether I have an interest in them prior to tuning in to the game. It’s just one of those things where I love to see a good contest between two teams decided on the field of play, with nothing but the skills of the individuals playing the game to decide its outcome.

  • By Diane Casey-Landry

    Guest Columnist

    Headlines can be misleading, and in a time of financial crisis, that can make matters worse.

    Pick up a paper, or listen to the quick bursts of news on TV or radio, and what you get are reports of a subprime crisis, a “banking” crisis and market turmoil. That’s only intensified on the rare occasion that a bank fails.

  • By Ken Begley

    Guest Columnist

    We learn best, not from what we are told, but from what we have lived. We appreciate and treasure least, what we have in abundance. Here’s a story that might surprise you. I hope you make it to the end.

    China is in all the news these days with the Olympics now in full swing. I love watching the Olympics. The sheer variety of sports, competition and nonstop action lures in even us with little athletic ability. But I have a different story I wanted to tell you about. It’s on China itself.

  • Dear Editor,

  • By Ken Begley

    Guest Columnist

     

    “I want to die in my sleep like grandpa did. Not screaming and hollering like all the riders in his car.”

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    Everyone has at least one personal “button” that can be pushed to guarantee instant explosive “fireworks”. Most of the time the person pushing the “button” does it innocently enough but the result is still the same.

    Do you know what my button is?

  • By Jennifer Corbett

    Sun Summer Intern

    It’s August now, and students across the country are preparing to start school. As they start a new chapter in their life, I’m closing one of mine.

    Since May, I’ve been interning at The Lebanon Enterprise and The Springfield Sun. It’s crazy thinking back to my first day in my apartment.

  • Dear editor,

    I wanted to share an issue that has been irritating a lot of teenagers around Springfield. We recently lost our right to sit around and hang out in our own town. I don’t understand why it is such a big deal if we sit in town on the weekends. I understand that people were leaving their trash in the parking lots, but if people would agree not to litter, then we should get our old freedom back.

  • Our local 11-12-year-old boys all-star team visited the Pleasure Ridge Park High School Sports Complex July 19-23 and competed against very strong teams from Nelson, Boyd, and Monroe counties at the Kentucky State Tournament.

    Though their 1-2 record did not make them eligible for the semi-finals, we missed going to the semi-final game by only six runs given in the Nelson county game. Not making the semi-finals was a heart-breaker, but I and many others who watched the all-stars play saw that they as a team did not give up.