Today's Opinions

  • LETTER: Please, reconsider opening the pool

    Please reconsider opening the pool
    The recent news about our public pool not opening has caused a bit of controversy. For not only the people who attended it regularly each season but also for some who have actually never been to it.
    One of the deciding factors of the pools closing was stated by our mayor a couple of weeks ago in The LaRue County Herald News.

  • COLUMN: Beware the old man in the hat

    I’ve spent the last few weeks driving down Memory Lane and came across this column from 1995. Funny how some things have changed – while others – like the old man in the hat – never do.
    I like driving on the old E’town Road.
    It’s not as scenic, but it’s faster than the parkway unless I get behind HIM.
    Him who?
    The man of my nightmares –
    The man who inspired the theme to “The Twilight Zone” –
    The old man in the hat.

  • 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.