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Opinion

  • 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.

  • 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.