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Opinion

  • “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?

  • “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?