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Today's Opinions

  • UK’s airsoft gun incident unacceptable, but will be a valuable lesson

    The only sounds that Kentucky football’s Class of 2014 was supposed to cause were Air Raid sirens and cheering on Saturday afternoons.

    Now, after a Sunday night in September, four of them (Dorian Baker, Stanley Boom Williams, Drew Barker and Tymere Dubose) will instead be known for the sound of three airsoft guns being shot into the air in the middle of South Campus, and the subsequent pinging of 30,000 students’ cell phones alerting them to a campus-wide lockdown.

  • Mom’s magic returns for Thanksgiving

    My mother, who has been gone for 10 years, performed magic every Thanksgiving.

    Somehow, she managed to have ripe, garden-grown tomatoes on the table, year after year. They were always the last ones of the season and we knew we’d have to wait another seven or eight months for the next taste.

    A ripe tomato on an Old Town Blue Corelle plate, surrounded by a slice of turkey and a pile of homemade mashed potatoes and green beans seasoned with a bit of bacon: If there is anything better on Thanksgiving – I don’t know what it is.

  • Indisposable Concept documents the world through a $10 lens

    The Indisposable Concept is a photography project based out of Australia, in which people use disposable cameras to take pictures of what they consider “indisposable.” Basically, they want you to document the world around you via the lens of a disposable camera. Afterward, you’re supposed to send the pictures to them, either by email or by mailing in the camera itself. They then post the pictures on their website and social media accounts.

    It started in Australia, but has since garnered a worldwide following.

  • Wedding gowns turned into gifts for grieving families

    My daughter is a NICU (neonatal intensive-care unit) nurse who takes care of some of the tiniest, most fragile babies born in the state. She has never disclosed a name or even hinted at anything that would violate the privacy of her patients. But I can tell – by the few things she has said – it is a difficult job.

    Most of her patients thrive and are able to go home. Some of the families do not get that happy ending. My daughter is sometimes called upon to care for the little ones after they have died.

  • Letter to the editor

    November is National Hospice Month

    With 15 years of experience caring for patients with life-limiting illnesses, I have gained valuable insights into end-of-life issues and the benefits of choosing hospice care sooner.

  • Voters respond to Obama’s shunning

    I was raised on a dirt road. Lots of folks were. That’s rural, all right.

    I’ve never been ashamed of the fact – but the name-calling I’ve heard since last week’s election is proof enough that some people think I should be.

    Several commentators have lashed out at the counties that supported U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell, labeling them as “racist,” “poor,” “ignorant” and “self-defeating.”

  • Newspapers: You’ve got to start somewhere

    I’ve always said writing isn’t something I decided to do. It’s just something I did. Of course, there were teachers, professors, friends and mentors along the way to give me encouragement or advice. But no one ever had to force me to write.

  • Forget election, it’s Santa letter time!

    I had the privilege of speaking to four classes of first-graders last week at Hodgenville Elementary School.

    Naughty or nice? Only Santa knows for sure – but the students were well behaved at school.

    And speaking of the Jolly Old Elf ... that was the subject we all wanted to talk about at HES.

    That’s right ... it’s time to start thinking about Santa letters. There is a lot to do before we publish our annual Christmas edition.