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Opinion

  • I don’t want to alarm you or interrupt your daily Rep. Anthony Weiner twitter updates but while you were watching the jabs taken by the Democrats over Sarah Palin’s recount of Paul Revere’s famous ride and the Republicans rip Obama on any topic under the sun, we had a primary election in Kentucky.
    It’s been almost a month now that the election took place but I thought it was probably a good idea to mention it since only around 10 percent of the voters even bothered to head to the polls in May.

  • A soul for a piece of bread. Misery makes the offer; society accepts.
    Quote from Les Miserables

    I must sound like a broken record, but something really unique and breathtaking is happening down at the Opera House. I’m talking about the performances being put on by The Central Kentucky Community Theatre Group.

  • Oops, he missed it again — the date for the rapture, that is. But that’s OK. Miscalculating the date for the end times is nothing new for Harold Camping.
    In 1992 he published his book, “1994?” in which he predicted Sept. 6, 1994, as the beginning of the end.  Undeterred by that non-happening, Camping did some re-calculating and published another book in 2008, “We Are Almost There!” He conveniently forgot to mention his 1994 prediction’s failure to launch.

  • And so we talked all night about the rest of our lives; Where we’re gonna be when we turn 25
    I keep thinking times will never change
    Keep on thinking things will always be the same
    Lyrics from “Graduation (Friends Forever)”

    You ever hear of the above graduation song before?
    I love it, yet it always leaves me a little sad.

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  • I could have sworn my dog, Max, quietly napping on my left side, perked up when Diane Sawyer introduced the story about the Navy SEAL dogs on the evening news. Max’s brother, Baylor, with eyes half closed, was perched like a cat on the arm of the couch. But when Diane mentioned those heroic dogs, he snapped to attention, instantly turning his head in the direction of the television.
    At least I thought he did.
    My miniature Schnauzers are about as close to being Navy SEAL dogs as I am to being a Navy SEAL. But we three enjoyed the story anyway.

  • What is famous?
    If you take Merriam-Webster’s word for it, the word famous means that a person is widely known, or honored for achievement.
    If you take my word, famous has a whole new meaning, and it’s kind of sad.
    I was working The Kentucky Derby this past Saturday, and the main reason I was there was to photograph the race for newspapers throughout the parent company of The Springfield Sun.


  • At some point, we’ve all had to learn a skill.

    If you’re a student, you’ve had to learn how to write an essay or how to solve a math equation.
    If you’re in the work force, you’ve had to learn skills for your job.
    In my job, I had to learn how to take pictures and write (hopefully) compelling news and sports stories.
    I was lucky enough to attend school to learn these skills from some of the finest professionals around the country, with some of the best equipment.

  • The State Senate adjourned Thursday night having signed the Senate Committee Substitute to House Bill 1, legislation to resolve the Medicaid budget shortfall. Without even a need for a conference committee, the bill passed the House of Representatives overwhelmingly with only two no votes.

  • Tick. Tock. Tick. Tock.
    That’s the sound of time, and it’s running out, at least if you listen to the statements made by the Washington County Fire Protection Association’s leaders.
    In last week’s issue of The Springfield Sun, the WCFPA was represented by John Goatley, who said in not so many words that he doesn’t see the deadline going away for his organiztion to stop providing fire protection to the citizens of Washington County who pay a $45 annual fee for that protection.


  • Bernard Smalley must have been really good last year because he found favor in Santa Claus. In fact, he came a little early for the coach.

    Right before Christmas, the coach was looking at an 0-5 record. His team was getting outscored, on average, by 30 points.
    The offense sputtered for 37 points a game. The defense was giving up 67 points a game. Things were not going well.
    Fast forward to Saturday night. The scene is dramatically different, almost like a different season entirely.


  • When I was very young, I used to have growing pains in my shins.

    It hurt at the time but later in life I enjoyed the benefit of my father’s height. Well, some of his height. I’ll never catch up to his 6-4 frame.
    The St. Catharine College athletics program is also experiencing growth. Lucky for them, they are not experiencing any shin pain that I am aware of.
    The local sports community is buzzing about SCC right now, and I look for that to increase as the athletics program expands.

  • “We are so happy to be alive. Life means a lot more today than yesterday,” said Panama City, Fla. school board member, Jerry Register, the day after deranged gunman, Clay Duke, opened fire on the school board and the school superintendent, William Husfelt.

  • Well, Christmas is over. 

    Have you gotten your after-Christmas “thumping” yet?
    Don’t know what a Christmas thumping is? A thumping is what you get when you foolishly buy something for your spouse that they don’t truly want.  The thumping itself can take many forms of retribution.
    I’ve never had to give Cindy a thumping.  Cindy is the queen of gift giving in our house, except maybe when it comes to clothes for tween and teen girls.  Take me, for instance.

  • Well, hello there Washington County. It’s nice to meet you. 

  • Dear Editor,

  • I love quotes.  The shorter, the better.  

    So without further ado, here are my favorite political quotes for this festive carnival season which leads up to America’s “Election Tuesday”.

     

    “What kills a skunk is the publicity it gives itself.”

    Abraham Lincoln

     

    “Politics has become so expensive that it takes a lot of money even to be defeated.”

    Will Rogers

     

  • The pick-up truck was barreling straight towards me, oblivious to the fact that I was prayer-walking, blind to my existence, ignorant of my conversation with God. Glancing at his menacing headlights, I scooted across the road, tucking my tail like one of my Schnauzers when scared, and gasping for breath as I reached the entrance of Gethsemane Abby. I was grateful that I was secure on the other side of the road, a side where I longed for and found, time and time again: calm, peace, tranquility.

  • Cindy and I have been married almost 22 years.

    I always tell people, “That’s a long time with one woman.”

    Of course Cindy’s better at English and would probably use more descriptive words. She’d say something like “the years just flow by like a fast-moving stream with such a wonderful, kind, generous-to-a-fault, humanitarian and credit to the human race as that eloquent, yet humble writer of our times as my Kenny.”

    Sure, she’d say something like that.

  • The United States Supreme Court will soon listen to arguments that will test the very fabric and mettle of the First Amendment’s right of freedom of speech.

    The case stems from members of the Topeka, Kan., Westboro Baptist Church’s constitutional right to picket at military funerals.

    On March 10, 2006, seven members of the Phelps family picketed at 20-year-old Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder’s funeral in northern Maryland.

    More than 1,000 people showed up to support Snyder’s family and to protest against the Phelps’ message.