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Opinion

  • I tightened the lid on the 24th jar of tomatoes I had canned. Don’t ask me why I do this. I still have 6 jars left from the thirty-something I canned last year. And that doesn’t include a refrigerator full of quart, pint, and half-pint jars of salsa.

  • “Cindy, is that the guy?”

    It was about 6 p.m. We’d just finished up supper when this guy rode up into our drive in a pickup truck. I’d been waiting patiently for weeks for his return.

    “That’s him.”

    “Oh boy, oh boy!” I was giddy with excitement.

    “I wish you wouldn’t get giddy all over the place. Somebody has to clean that mess up. By the way, you do know you’re going to the ‘bad place’ don’t you?”

  • Sometimes we commit crimes that cause the most hurt to those we love.

    I love newspapers.

    And perhaps it’s a bit of a stretch to call what I joined my family in doing a “crime,” but in many respects it was.

    We published one of the first “shoppers” in Kentucky, competing against a very good newspaper.

    Our goal was to get as many business places as possible to pay us for placing advertisements in a monthly publication placed at various locations throughout the community.

  • The Central Kentucky Community Theatre brings to you from the depths of the Great Depression to the depths of our Great Recession the musical “Annie.”

    The year is 1933.  

  • “I’m doing better this time,” my wife Lori said as I answered the phone, “I’m not crying…at least not much.”

  • There are several events in Springfield and Washington County that would be considered staples of the community. We always have a celebration for Independence Day, Christmas, and other holidays, and there’s a fine festival that takes place each fall, known as the Kentucky Crossroads Harvest Festival. That event replaces the Sorghum Festival, which was gone when I arrived in Springfield more than five years ago. I hear it was always a great event, and many people tell me it was the best event in town.

  • I, for one, am gloriously happy that the legislature finally enacted a bill that prohibits texting while driving.

    It will not only make the road safer, but hopefully it will also urge people, especially kids, to learn to have a real-life conversation with others.

    I’ve heard parents say that kids today just text and cannot carry on a face-to-face conversation. Now, I don’t know if that’s true, but I suspect it is.

  • Dear Editor,

  • “You know what I’d do, Cindy? We need a lot of room to take everyone on vacation. I’d just mount up the old ‘White Stallion’ and go down to Gatlinburg on it. It’s got more room than the other vans.”

  • I love talking with people in their 80s and 90s about life and how to live it. When you find someone that has that much experience, then you better take the opportunity to seek them out. I do. Their answers to my questions sometimes surprise me, never bore me, and always inspire me.

    The other day I was fortunate enough to talk for an hour to a beautiful 87-year-old great grandmother. She and her husband are celebrating 68 years of marriage this year.

    My gosh, think about it!

  • Dear Editor,

    I would like to introduce myself to the students, staff and parents of the Washington County Elementary School and the community at large. I am very excited to have been offered this opportunity to serve as principal of your school. I look forward to working with both the parents and staff to meet your child’s/students’ individual educational needs.

  • I had heard the complaint before in other places, at other times. “I struggle with wanting my child to participate in summer Little League baseball and still have time for our family events, not to mention participation in church,” the concerned mother told me over the phone. “It just seems like we can’t do it all.” In her particular situation, baseball games were being scheduled not only on Sundays, but on Sunday mornings, a definite conflict for Christians who want their family to worship together. As a parent, and as a pastor, I understood.

  • No matter what you’ve done for yourself or for humanity, if you can’t look back on having given love and attention to your own family, what have you really accomplished?

    -- Elbert Hubbard

  • It’s hot. We are in the middle of the hottest summer since they started keeping records in 1880. And to think that only a few months ago we were complaining about the cold weather.

    We tramped out of an unusually cold winter, only to find ourselves trudging through a scorching summer. It has proponents on both sides of the global warming issue shouting at each other. The most convinced are the most strident.

  • Summer is well upon us, and as the weather heats up, one of the most popular ways to beat the heat is to head to the water.  While swimming is great exercise and a fun way to cool down, it can also be very dangerous if safety isn’t your number one priority.  

  • Wearing rosary beads has become fashionable, among gangs. That’s right. Gangs are wearing rosaries - beads grouped in series of tens, attached to a crucifix. For hundreds of years, rosaries have been a helpful means of prayer for many Christians. But the gangs are using them for something other than prayer.

    “It’s become part of the look,” said Victor Castro, a detective and school resource officer who leads gang awareness training in Hillsboro, Oregon. “They use it as a reminder of protection.”

  • 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’ve never been lost but I was confused once for three days.”

    Daniel Boone on traveling through Kentucky

    The following lessons are for travelers to the big city.

    Sit down there, Junior Woodchuck, while the wise woodsman passes on some knowledge.

    Lesson 1:

    The Internet lies

  • Dear Editor,

    I believe it is time for all Amercians no matter what your political orientation to move this country forward on a direct path given the current dissatisfaction with Congress (22-28% disapproval) and the current laws they have passed.

    Our vote, and our voices need to be heard throughout the land, that the change in leadership and the changes since the 2008 election have not been appreciated nor desired by the citizens of this great country. We as Americans have the right to ask Congress and the US Government to change.

  • Was it a message from Above? Did the New York City transit system leave it? Or was it an intriguing ad, maybe even an experimental one, coming from Madison Avenue?