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Today's Opinions

  • Leaving behind a legacy

    As many of you have already heard, Hodgenville Fire Chief Wally Sparks passed away on Wednesday, May 17 and his funeral was on Monday, May 22.

    A lot of people have shared their memories of Wally on social media sites. When someone has served in a community for almost three decades, a lot of memories have no doubt been made by many people.

    I came to know Wally really well after I started working at The LaRue County Herald News in June 2015. Actually, he was the first person I talked to on the first day of my job.

  • Remembering the meaning of Memorial Day

    While Memorial Day weekend is a wonderful time for gathering with family and friends for picnics, pool parties, and parades, I write to you with the annual reminder not to forget the true meaning of the event. Memorial Day is a time to remember the brave men and women who have put everything on the line so we may live in freedom in the greatest nation in the world.

  • Kids must be tech enabled

    My wife and I have four grown children and fourteen grandchildren, yes fourteen, ranging from a sophomore in college to 4 months. All our grandkids are tech enabled, but perhaps much differently so than you and I, or their parents were.

    For the grandkids, technology is just a part of life. Texting or Snapchatting a friend is little different than my generation picking up a phone and calling someone, or listening to an AM/FM radio. Oh, how our parents thought we were on the road to ruin.

  • The importance of play time

    As the school year has ended and nicer weather is here, it is time to get your children outside to play.  There are many advantages for children engaging in outside play, including reducing their screen time. All winter they have spent their free time connected to a screen —TVs, smartphones, video games, notebooks, etc. This is a habit that may have long term results. 

  • Superstitious Cleaning

    Stevie Wonder sings about being Superstitious. It’s a great song with an awesome beat and rhythm that keeps you working at a quick steady pace. The song, and cleaning make me think about Superstitions.

    I’m not superstitious, I’m really not; however I find myself doing these peculiar things that really superstitious people do.

    “They aren’t calling for rain this weekend… KNOCK ON WOOD” or when someone says the same exact thing I say at the same time I find myself, at least thinking, “JINX!”

  • Is someone tracking your browser?

    For those of you who actively use your browser thinking that you are secure because you use anonymous sites or anonymous browsing, where your history is erased when you exit, be ready for the new world.

    Last November 2016, it was disclosed that the FBI operated a child porn site using what is called an anonymous Tor (think dark web, untraceable – used to be) network called Playpen for almost two weeks in 2015.

  • Spring Cleaning, Caregiving

    We feel more energized by the longer days and warmer temperatures of spring. UK Eldercare reminds us now may be a good time to consider a spring cleaning with your loved one in their home.

    It may provide valuable insight into how your loved one is managing as they age. It also provides a chance to improve the safety of your loved one’s home; increase the ease of their living condition by reorganizing and replacing worn out items; and evaluate the quality of your loved one’s life and assess if additional help may be needed.

  • Leading up to marriage

    I am now a married man.

    I married the love of my life, Danielle Sexton, on April 22. Despite the rain, the wedding was everything that we both dreamed of it being.

    We decided to do a common ritual that couples often do before they say “I do.” We didn’t see or talk to each other on our wedding day before the ceremony, but we wrote each other a letter. We had decided to write it in a way to where our children could read it years later and know what their parents were thinking before they said their vows.