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Opinion

  • Tipping Point: The critical point in an evolving situation that leads to a new and irreversible development.

    We’re all going to die!

    Well, that’s true, but just not today.

  • We are now halfway through the 2010 General Assembly Session and while the House of Representatives continues to labor, as constitutionally required, on a budget proposal, the Senate’s work, while on a smaller scale, is no less important. Both House and Senate Appropriations and Revenue chairmen are in close consultation so that when the House budget proposal is finalized and moves to the Senate, we can hit the ground running.

  • “Robin is better than the girl of my dreams. She’s real.”

    - From the movie “(500) Days of Summer”

    Our obsession with reality television has run amuck.

  • “M’Lynn, your husband is the boil on the butt of humanity.”

    Ouiser’s line from Steel Maganolias

     

    Hey, Margaret Chelf!  I’ll be waiting in the front row when you belt out that line!

    Steel Magnolias is the latest play being performed by the Central Kentucky Community Theatre. It will be playing February 26-28 and March 5-7. Showtimes are 7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays.

  • I’m an outdoor guy. I enjoy the warm, sunny days that come along with baseball season, and even the cooler days that bring the college and NFL football seasons.

    That’s why even I have been surprised to find myself enjoying the winter Olympics so much this year. Other than basketball and hockey, I’d rather be playing an outdoor sport, or even watching one played outdoors. That’s just me. But this whole winter Olympics thing has found me sitting in my chair with, well, let’s say, other events on the TV.

  • Dear Editor,

    What a wonderful and welcoming facility we have in our Washington County Library.

    As soon as you enter, people are at the computers, others choosing a video, while some are deciding which book they want, or just sitting at a table reading. If you need help finding anything...no worry...a smiling face will be right there for you. Need a copy or two run, they’ll do that also.

  • To the magistrates of Washington County

    I am writing to you in reference to your recent vote that eliminated the yearly county cleanup program. While I realize that no one enjoys being told they have made a mistake, I believe it is my duty to inform you that your vote to discontinue this program was indeed a HUGE mistake!

  • Dear Editor,

  • I owned three pairs of shoes when this story began.

    A pair of shoes showed up at my house a few years back.  That’s not all that unusual, except these showed up by themselves, with no one attached.

    I was coming up the drive to the garage one day when I saw a plastic Wal-Mart bag with something in it lying against the house.  There’s always something laying around our house, mostly kids, so my curiosity wasn’t peaked until a couple of days later.  The bag was still there.

  • Some winter, huh?

    Did you ever think about the positive side really bad weather brings?

    It’s rest and being with your family.

    Sounds funny doesn’t it?  But sometimes the weather gets so bad that life slows down to a crawl.  You can’t go anywhere because the roads are snowed in.  Even if you could go somewhere, everything is pretty much shut down.  

    So what happens?

    You stay home and bundle up for a day or two.  Maybe play in the snow, watch television, play cards, or get out some old board games.

  • Numbers don’t lie, but they can be deceiving. That was the case in an article published in the Jan. 27 issue of The Springfield Sun about the salaries of bus drivers in Washington and surrounding counties, and it’s only appropriate to clear those numbers up and paint the picture as clearly as possible.

    After bus drivers approached the local school board requesting pay raises, I wrote an article that explained how salaries for drivers in Washington County compared to those in surrounding counties, including Marion, Mercer and Nelson counties.

  • Over the past couple of years, too many Americans, including officials in high places, have criticized the United States for actions resulting in terrorism.  Blame has been placed at our own feet for heinous attacks visited upon our citizens and soil.  Interpretation of American “transgression” has even been stated as coming from an enemy that lacks acceptance of, and is against our founding principles: liberty and freedom.  An honest review of history argues against that theme.

  • What was I thinking?

    It’s been my experience in life that you can’t make a silk purse out of a pig’s ear.  No, if you start with a pig’s ear, you’re pretty much going to end up with a pig’s ear. That’s just the way it is.

  • The earthquake that has devastated the capital city of Haiti is an unbelievably cruel disaster for a country that is already one of the poorest and neglected countries in the world. The thousands of lives that have been lost and the devastation that has been left behind are almost too mind-boggling to comprehend.

    But it’s real.

    It may be thousands of miles away from us, but there is a simple way we can help the starving people of Haiti who, we might add, have been starving long before this disaster occurred.

  • Dear Editor,

    On Jan. 12,  I attended a girls’ high school basketball game that Washington County played against Nelson County. This game was a very close game until the end.

  • During the last nine or 10 years, we as Americans have become victims of political correctness by our government. We have continued to argue about the process of how to handle those that have been captured and where they are to be housed. We have been told that these attacks are nothing more than man caused disasters, and we cannot even use the word terrorist as it may create problems with the culture of hate and those responsible. Apparently we have not learned anything from history. It is important to look at history because it may give us some clues to the future.

  • At a time when our state and country face a lot of important issues, it seems some of our government officials are finding more ways to concern themselves with things besides our government.

    In looking through area newspapers recently, I discovered just how unimportant some of the business is that is being addressed by our legislators.

    Did you know some lawmakers made a motion recently in Kentucky’s General Assembly to enshrine former UK basketball coach Joe B. Hall in the Basketball Hall of Fame?

  • My high school days saw a lot of bad choices. Most concerned my clothing or my hair.

  • “When you’re married you should never go to bed mad -- stay up and fight.”

    - Phyllis Diller

    June is traditionally the month for marriages.  This ain’t June, but I’m so tired of freezing my . . .  hands off in the cold weather that all I do is think about June.  Global warming, my Aunt Franny!  What a gullible bunch of people we are.  I’m cold!  

    Anyway, I love big weddings.  

  • Let me start this column by saying that I, by no means, am a perfect pet owner.

    I don’t give my pets their vaccines exactly when I’m supposed to. I don’t give my dog baths as often as I should. I don’t brush my cats regularly (my mom does, however). And, I’m sad to admit it, but I don’t play with my pets as often as I should. Believe me, I feel horrible about that last one. In fact, just writing it makes me feel ashamed. But, like I said, I’m not a perfect pet owner.