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Opinion

  • The first week of the General Assembly was a busy one with about 300 bills filed, committee assignments distributed, and the Governor’s State of the Commonwealth Address.

    I have been assigned to the Appropriations and Revenue Committee, the Education Committee, the State and Local Government Committee, and the Transportation Committee.  In addition, I am pleased to report that I have been appointed the Chairman of the Budget Review Subcommittee on Transportation.

  • But the angel said to them, “Fear not. I bring you tidings of great joy that will be for all the people.  Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.”

    Luke, Chapter 2, Verse 10 and 11

     

    When God sends us help, he’s always chosen to do it the same way.  It’s by sending someone just like you or me.  He did it with Abraham, he did it with Moses, he did it with David, and most of all he did it with his only son, Jesus Christ.

  • Urban Meyer, the head football coach at the University of Florida, shocked the Gator Nation last weekend by announcing that he was leaving the Gator program for health reasons.

    Meyer had been complaining of stress-related chest pains and he said it was time for him to spend more time with his family.

    What shocked me most was not the fact that he resigned; after all, his teams have won two national championships and he clearly is one of the best coaches in the country.

    What disturbed me most is the disconnect between his Christian faith and what he actually does.

  • My New Year’s resolution is to lose weight.  

    Now wait a minute.  Don’t think it has anything to do with some vain effort at improving my appearance.  I’m 52, married, and have five kids.  It’s been my experience that at this point in life, no one is really paying attention to me, let alone looking at me.  It’s one of my most favorite parts about growing old.  I’m becoming invisible as I shuffle along in life.

    Nope, I’m losing weight due to health concerns.  Not mine, but my doctor’s.

  • At the beginning of a new year, many Americans try to get healthy and kick bad habits. If you smoke, quitting should be at the top of your list.

    Cigarette smoking kills about 178,000 women each year in the US. Smoking shaves an average of 14.5 years off the lives of female smokers, yet nearly one in six women 18 and older still light up.  

  • “I am not a role model.”

    Charles Barkley, former NBA star in a 1990s Nike campaign

    “Hero” is a word that gets tossed around these days like a ball being thrown during a game. In fact, it is more often than not used in reference to someone who does throw or hit a ball, and in my opinion, it’s misused more often than most of us realize.

  • 18 This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit.

    19 Because Joseph her husband was a righteous man and did not want to expose her to public disgrace, he had in mind to divorce her quietly.

  • This time of the year conjures up many different images, but one theme is common: Christmas is a time of excitement and joy.  Neighborhoods and store windows brightly shine with lights and decorations.  Children dream of the toys that Santa Claus will deliver.  Adults pause a moment to remember the joys of Christmas past, reflect on time with loved ones and look ahead at the year to come.    

  • Dear Editor,

    Now that Mr. Jimmy Higdon has won the state senate special election by making vague and misleading statements on the national healthcare debate and negative comments about national politicians, I hope he will now turn his attention to the many local health, education and regressive taxation issues that affect the lives of every Kentuckian.

  • I never feel so alive or at peace with the world as when something or someone makes me laugh.  

    Three weeks ago, I wrote a short funny column about my friend, S. Wiley, and I ended it with sending him to Mark Simms for a job interview. Mark replied last week with a very funny column where S. Wiley comes to visit him.  Put the two columns together and you have the whole story.

  • Finally. It’s all over. At least for a little while.

    Now, when I go home, I won’t find a door hanger on the knob asking me to vote for this person, or telling me how bad that guy is, and how his opponent is a much better person, citizen and candidate for office.

    Politics are important in the way our government operates, and I understand that, but I still get sick and tired of them after all of the commercials blasting the candidates.

  • There are three surefire signs of getting old.  The first is forgetfulness.  I don’t remember what the other two are.

    Must not have been important.

    Anyway, now that I’m in the upper part of middle age, I can tell you that my memory isn’t what it use to be.  If I didn’t, then Cindy would.

  • Editor’s note: The following is a guest letter by Mark Simms, president of M&J Construction in Springfield. Simms and his company were referenced in a Nov. 25 article by Sun columnist Ken Begley, and he writes the following in reply.

    Dear Mr. Begley,

  • Dear Editor,

    Please accept this letter as my endorsement for Rep. Jimmy Higdon for State Senate.  I want to encourage everyone in Washington (part of the 54th House District which I represent,) Mercer, Taylor, Marion, and Nelson counties to go out on Dec. 8 and cast your vote for Jimmy Higdon. 

  • This electronic, microchip-driven world we live in never ceases to amaze me. Electronic gadgets and gizmos that weren’t around a few years ago now seem to be indispensable to most people.  You know what I mean.  We have cell phones, Internet, Facebook, e-mail, texting, computers, pagers, fax machines, and on and on.

  • If you’re looking for entertainment that’s different and will brighten up your day, then come on down to the Opera House in Springfield to see “A Tuna Christmas."

     

     It’s showing at 7 p.m. on Nov. 20 and 21, then again on Nov. 22 at 2 p.m.  

     

  • Dear Editor,

    Although I am a resident of Marion County and have known Jimmy Higdon for many years, I would like to urge the voters of Washington County to vote for Jodie Haydon in the December 8th special election for State Senator.

  • November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month and the month we celebrate the Great American Smokeout. On Nov. 19, many Americans will participate in the Great American Smokeout which is a day that honors people’s efforts to stop smoking - for a day, for weeks, forever. Are you ready?

  • Dear Editor,

    There is a provision in the “Healthcare” (power grab) bill that would put Planned Parenthood clinics inside your child’s school, according to the American Family Association of Tupelo, Miss.! Isn’t 52,000,000 killed by abortion enough? It’s a mean group that wants to kill the unborn; to saddle the grandchildren with tremendous debt; and to tell grandma to take pain pills instead of having the operation!

  • When then-Governor Ronald Reagan introduced returning POW John McCain at a speaking engagement in 1974, the future president asked, “Where do we find such men?”

    He was speaking of many veterans, when he answered, “We find them in our streets, in the office, the shops and the working places of our country and on the farms.”

    In other words, President Reagan was referring to ordinary people accomplishing extraordinary things. And it isn’t just the men.