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Opinion

  • 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.

  • Some moments - unrehearsed, unexpected, perhaps even unintended, become magical -  capturing a feeling, releasing an emotion, finding a destiny, taking on a significance beyond the moment itself.

    Another Masters Golf Tournament has come and gone, now embedded two weeks in history. But Phil Mickelson’s victory will endure as much as for what he did for his wife as for his brilliant performance on the golf course. It was after he won the championship that he seized the moment, and made it magical.

  • Dear Editor,

    Major changes in education tend to occur in lurches rather than in incremental baby steps. That’s largely because it takes time to build a consensus about what’s important for our children’s future. The last major lurch was the Kentucky Education Reform Act (KERA) enacted in 1990. Tweaks to KERA during the past 20 years have included changes in testing and more emphasis on reading, math and science.

  • “The only sure weapon against bad ideas is better ideas.”

    Alfred Whitney Griswold

     

    I’ve been reading with interest the recent push to increase high school graduation rates in Kentucky.  The current idea is to require compulsory schooling to the age of 18, or when the child gets their high school diploma.  

    I think it’s a bad idea.  

    You’re probably asking, “How can that be?  Don’t you care about our kids?  Don’t you care believe in education?”

  • I’m not rich, and I can’t toss money around like it’s nothing, but I must admit that I don’t think much of a penny. If I drop one, I probably won’t bend over to pick it up, and if I get a penny or two coming back in change at a store, I’ll probably leave it in case someone else needs it later. You just can’t buy much for a penny, can you?

  • Sports fans - boy, we sure love our teams, don’t we?

    I’ve always loved my favorites - the Kentucky Wildcats, the Cincinnati Reds, the New York Yankees and Indianapolis Colts - but it dawned on me over the weekend just how personally many of us fans take wins and losses.

  • Dear Editor,

    April is Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month. The Washington County Homemakers are once again sponsoring the Blue Ribbon Campaign.

  • “Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people, and hallelujah is our song.”

          Pope John Paul II

     

    You know the Good Lord could never make anything without two sides to it in this old world.

    If there is light, then there must be darkness.  If there is up, then there must be down. If there is life, then there must be death.

  • Even before the House of Representatives passed its $17.5 billion budget proposal, the Senate Appropriations and Revenue Committee had our first meeting to discuss some of the tax measures that affect business. I am very concerned that these measures will hinder job creation. In the committee, I heard testimony from 10 business representatives who discussed how taxing businesses, including farms, which are already struggling would have a negative impact on employment.

  • “A picture is worth a thousand words,” so the saying goes, and I might add, “It lasts forever when it’s on the Internet.” I have no idea if Rielle Hunter or the eighth grade girl whose boyfriend allegedly sold the nude pictures of herself she sexted (sending sexually explicit messages or photos by mobile phones) him, thought about the implications of what they were doing when they posed, Reille before a professional photographer, the girl before her own cell phone.

    If they didn’t then, they have now.

  • I’m guilty of a grievous breech of southern etiquette. I fail to wave back to people when driving down the road.  

    If you’ve ever waved to me when you’ve seen me driving, then please don’t take offense if I didn‘t wave back.  I never see anything except those white and yellow lines while driving down the road.  I never look into other people’s cars while driving.  I didn’t even know that people were waving to me until my kids mentioned it one day.  

  • All I needed were the lyrics to go with the title of my country music song.

  • “Kids, you can’t beat them.  Especially where it shows.”

    Unknown Parent

     

    I stopped off at St. Dominic to pick up Cindy last Wednesday right after school.  I was surprised to find her rolling around the office while laughing her head off.  

    “Poor old girl.  She’s finally lost it,” I thought.

    I immediately took charge and said, “Get off the floor.  Your clothes will get dirty.”

  • Lean on me

    when you’re not strong

    I’ll be your friend

    I’ll help you carry on

    for it won’t be long

    ‘till I’m gonna need

    somebody to lean on

     

    Stanza of Bill Wither’s song, “Lean on Me”

     

    Years ago I went shopping with Cindy in a mall in Louisville or Lexington.  I can’t remember which.  It must have been before we had kids because it was just us that day.

  • Neither of my high school friends let me in on their secret: they planned to commit suicide. They succeeded.

    Not at the same time. And by then we were miles and years apart. But it still shook me to the core when I heard the news. “Death by suicide.” My friends, they were, at least for some fun years. Football. Friday night school dances. Parties. Cruising. Hanging out.