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Opinion

  • “Jesus Wept.”

    John 11:35

    I wrote a small piece in the paper a few weeks ago to my Aunt Clarine on the loss of her husband of 58 years. I didn’t expect that only three weeks later, a double tragedy would come to her doorstep.

  • The last show in the Central Kentucky Community Theatre’s 2009-10 season is almost upon us; “Annie” opens on Aug. 20. Our 2010-2011 season is scheduled, though we’ve had a few exciting last-minute changes. (For instance, we’re doing “Hairspray” in April! Yay!)

  • To the Editor,

    I’m writing in regards to the article in the paper where High Street residents attended the city council meeting voicing their opinions about High Street.

    I do not live on High Street, so I can’t say what’s going on, except what I see when I go through, and it looks almost like it was years ago when I hung out on High Street. This was just a place to get together with your friends. I imagine some of the residents complaining used to do the same thing. It’s just that they’re too old to do it now.

  • A much-heralded Central Kentucky agri-industry that would have hired about 100 employees and paid area farmers to grow possible new crops is now on hold.

    Back in April of 2008, Alltech, Inc., a global company devoted to animal health and nutrition, announced it would convert the vacant Springfield Tobacco Redrying Company building into a biorefinery, turning farm crops into petroleum.

    Based in nearby Nicholasville, Alltech had just learned it qualified for a $30 million matching grant from the U.S. Department of Energy and $8 million in Kentucky state tax incentives.

  • The Washington County Junior Miss competition finished up last week. Miss Anna Pettus took a well-earned first place. The 13 girls were all beautiful, and the program they put on would make anyone, not just a relative, proud of our young women. My hat is off to all involved in this production of talent, poise, and athletic dance routines. I can’t imagine all the work involved behind the scenes.

    I had never been to one of these programs before in its 35-year history. I really wouldn’t have been to this one except that my daughter, Brenda, competed in it.

  • The 2010 Special Session closed with the passage of a two-year budget, a road plan, and an unemployment insurance bill.  After much public pressure, the House Majority agreed to a responsible budget without job-killing taxes and significantly decreased state debt.  It is a fiscally-conservative budget that reflects the common-sense values of Kentucky families who are struggling in this economy.  State government is not, and should not be, immune from the same challenges.   In this vein, the General Assembly also put a plan in place to pay back the federal government

  • Dear Editor,

  • If it proves to be his will that I am first to go

    And somehow I’ve a feeling it will be

    When it comes your time to travel likewise don’t feel lost

    For I will be the first one that you’ll see.

    Lyrics to The Far Banks of Jordan

    A few weeks ago I went to spend the afternoon with a woman who had lost her husband of 58 years a few weeks prior.

    Fifty-eight years of marriage. Can you imagine that?

  • Dear Editor,

    I would like to express how happy I am the road in Evergreen Cemetery at Willisburg has been reopened.

    My husband and I visit my mother and father’s grave real often, and we don’t have to walk a distance since the road has been reopened.

    My mother was very unhappy when the road was closed because she could not walk the distance to put flowers on my father’s grave.

    Other families I have talked with are very grateful the decision to reopen the old road has been made.

    Sincerely,

  • “One advantage of talking to yourself is that you know at least somebody’s listening.”

    Franklin P. Jones (American Businessman, 1887-1929)

    I’ve always tended to talk out loud to myself when I’m writing. You know, just to see how things sound, and such. As I get older, I tend to do this more and more. You may not know it but they say this is a sign of great genius.

    “Who says that,” you ask.

  • Angelo Bartlett Giamatti, former President of Yale University and before his untimely death in 1989 at the age of 51, the seventh commissioner of Major League Baseball, said of the game he loved, “It breaks your heart. It is designed to break your heart.”

  • People sometimes ask me if their dog will be in Heaven. My short answer is, tongue in cheek, “Heaven? Yes. Hell? No!”

    I do believe dogs will be in Heaven, but since they are not capable of making moral decisions, Hell is not an option. It is only by God’s mercy that dogs, or humans for that matter, will be in Heaven. Now, before you protest that mercy is reserved exclusively for humans, since only they are responsible for moral decisions, let me explain.

  • The musical “Godspell” will be performed at the Opera House on Friday and Saturday, June 4 and 5 at 7 p.m. and on Sunday June 6 at 2 p.m. as directed by Scott Fattizzi.

    The word “Godspell” is actually a very ancient way of spelling Gospel.

    This musical itself is based on the parables of Jesus Christ, but told through song and dance. It was first written and performed almost 40 years ago. You may just enjoy the music, and there’s a lot of it, but it’s meant to make you laugh and smile while you’re learning something important.

  • Maybe it was the friend whose life was saved because that friend took five seconds to put on a seat belt.

    Maybe it was the $25 ticket you were handed when a police officer caught you not wearing a seat belt.

    Maybe it’s that seat belts save lives, period.

    Whatever the reason, whatever it takes to put a seat belt on, find it in you to do it.

    Area police agencies are in the midst of an annual program geared at motorists who aren’t buckled up.

  • Dear Editor,

    Some time between Monday night and early Tuesday morning, May 18, 2010, properties around the High Street and Main Street area were vandalized by three young men. Gold paint was used to write racial slurs on garage doors, signs, a telephone junction box and our truck.

    The N word, KKK and Nazi symbol were spray painted in large letters on items throughout town.

  • Sometimes it’s the silent prayers that speak the loudest.

  • We cherish too, the Poppy red

    That grows on fields where valor led,

    It seems to signal to the skies

    That blood of heroes never dies.

    Monia Michael

    Memorial Day was originally called “Decoration Day” for the soldiers that died as a result of combat.

  • The phone rang here at The Springfield Sun last week, and a man on the other end was trying to find out who had called him. He saw our number on the caller ID of his phone, so he called us back to see what we needed. Someone here had dialed a wrong number, and the call was dismissed without issue.

  • Dear Editor,

    Somewhere, someone said to look for hidden treasures in the darndest of places. That thought can be said of Springfield, Ky. Besides the historic value in and around Springfield and the wonderful dining establishments, folks in Washington County can be especially proud of a wonderful gem. It is the Central Kentucky Community Theater at the Opera House in downtown Springfield.

  • Confession is good for the soul. That is, unless you’ve done something really bad and might be sued later.

    Here’s my confession.

    Some men are Baptists, some are Methodists, and some are Catholics.  Me?  I’m a Dodge van man.

    I actually own three vans. I bought them all, including a few others along the road of life, used, and  from my main car salesman, Daniel Mattingly of Springfield.