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Opinion

  • 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.

  • Ten years from now, my idea of a super saver might be one of those little loyalty thingamajigs you put on your key chain.

    Or, maybe it will be a car that will make the Smart Car look really dumb.

    But as far as a horse? Let’s just say that unless Super Saver takes the Preakness and Belmont, chances are that he’ll be like Cannonade, Sunny’s Halo and Summer Squall to many of us. We’ll remember the name when prompted, maybe even rattle off a few facts about how the horse won the Kentucky Derby.

  • Saving money is fine by me, like I’m sure it is by most of you. But one thing I feel is not needed these days is those ridiculous little discount cards you have to carry around to buy things at most stores.

    Almost every store has them, and if you don’t use them, you’re going to pay the price. To save money at some grocery stores, you need to be a “member,” and present your saver card. If not, then the sale price advertised on TV or in the newspaper isn’t for you. Thankfully our local grocers don’t use this practice.

  • The Central Kentucky Community Theatre Youth Actors will present “Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” at the Opera House on the Fridays of April 30 and May 7 at 7 p.m. and on the Sundays of May 2 and May 9 at 2 p.m.

  • Dear Editor,

    I have my own opinion on “county-wide cleanup.”  I do not think this is necessary that we have a county-wide cleanup.  Is it beneficial to all of us? Well, of course, but the county didn’t help us accumulate the junk we are wanting to get rid of.  We need to dispose of our own junk in the proper way.  

  • I’ve got a real problem with anonymity. There are occasions when someone should remain anonymous, but Internet message boards isn’t one of them.

    I know, I know. The News-Journal allows anonymous comments on its Web site. For the record, I don’t like that either.

    Something about going online under the cover of darkness brings out the worst in people. Or perhaps anonymity allows people to reveal their true nature.

  • The General Assembly adjourned the 2010 session without finalizing a budget.  It is a matter that has caused much frustration and even anger.  People should be mad.  The fact of the matter is that the Senate would not agree to a fiscally unsound budget proposed by the House that raised over $280 million in taxes and bonded over $1 billion in projects that we cannot afford.