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Today's Opinions

  • LETTER: Things you cannot put a price tag on

    Things you cannot put a price tag on ... the laughter of children ... the look of pride when a child learns to swim ... the life-saving skill and confidence that comes from a child learning to swim.
    I am an employee of Laugh-N-Learn Childcare Center. Every summer for 10 years I have had the privilege of watching the children of LaRue County learn to swim. Children, not just from our daycare, but also Kids Crew, First Friends and The Life Connection. Now it saddens me greatly to know that will be taken away (as the pool will not open this summer).

  • LETTER: Heartbroken about pool

    Heartbroken about pool
    I was heartbroken after reading the article about the mayor’s decision to not open the pool this summer.
    I am the owner of Laugh-N-Learn Childcare Center and have been taking children to the pool during the summer three days a week for more than 10 years. I have seen countless children overcome their fear of being in the water, learn to swim and improve their swimming techniques each summer. I know the pool is open only for a short time during the summer, but the children look forward to it all year long.

  • LETTER: Blakeman made a difference

    Blakeman made a difference
    On behalf of the Board of Trustees of The Lincoln Museum, I would like to thank the community for their enthusiastic support of Phyllis Blakeman’s art exhibit and sale that benefited the LaRue County Speech and Debate program and the museum.
    We appreciate the efforts of Phyllis’ students (past and present) who helped with every aspect of the show. We also appreciate the outstanding LCHS speech students who shared their talents at the Sunday afternoon reception.  

  • The importance of wrestling ... and other things

    When my son was a little guy, he wanted, more than anything, to play basketball.
    He practiced for hours and turned into a pretty good ball handler and a consistent shooter. It was also obvious that he was not going to inherit the 6-feet 1-inch gene from the taller members of the family. It looked like he was going to stand about 5-feet tall (he finally reached a whopping 5-feet 5-inches) – and I knew what that meant for a basketball player.

  • COLUMN: Thanks, Mr. Ireland. You're the Best.

     Since I married Bud Ireland in 2004, I have counted on him for many things. He changes the oil in the Jeep, makes sure I am wearing matching shoes and generally keeps me going. There is no way to count how many stories or pages of the newspaper he has proofed over the years – or how many photos he has taken for me when I couldn’t get somewhere. 

    He has missed more suppers and listened to more city council stories than anybody.

    And he has done it without complaint for years.

  • COLUMN: Remembering Lincoln aboard his namesake ship

    As USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) continues its third year in its refueling and complex overhaul in Newport News, Virginia, we will see the enhancements to more than 80 percent of our spaces. From the top of the island superstructure to the lowest deck of the aircraft carrier, practically every space will witness some form of rework.

  • COLUMN: Play ball! Reminiscing 1995

    As I was going through some mementos, I came across this column that was published on April 12, 1995. It gave me the idea to republish a few of my early columns in the upcoming weeks. I hope you enjoy the trip down Memory Lane as much as I did.
    My 9-year-old son decided to play little league baseball this year.
    I tried to talk him out of it like I did last year.

  • Frankfort Focus: New law will improve state's film connections

    FRANKFORT – Kentucky may be a couple of thousand miles away from Hollywood, but that hasn’t diminished our connections to the entertainment industry. Some of today’s most famous actors, for example – George Clooney, Jennifer Lawrence and Johnny Depp – were born here, while Tom Cruise spent part of his youth in Louisville.