Today's Opinions

  • LETTER: From the editor

    Thank you
    Thank you to the many people who have stopped by the office to offer encouragement and kind words over the years – and most recently as I leave my job at The LaRue County Herald News.
    Thank you also for the flowers, cards, gifts and phone calls.
    Friday’s reception was lovely and I appreciate my co-workers for putting it together.
    A special thanks to Colonel Perkins AKA Meat Loaf for sharing his vocal skills at the reception. Hot patootie, indeed.
    Linda Ireland
    The LaRue County Herald News

  • COLUMN: It's a duck thing, you wouldn't understand

    Over the years I’ve written more stories than I can count about tragedies, court cases, local government, closings, openings and even a few features. Some are forgettable – in fact, I’ve forgotten them myself. But the story – or more accurately, a column – that readers have asked about more than all the others combined was one of the first I penned.

  • COLUMN: Remembering Harvey Lee DeSpain

    Dream as if you’ll live forever. Live as if you’ll die today. James Dean (Feb. 8, 1931 – Sept. 30, 1955)

    My cousin Harvey was 23 when I was born. He was the son of my Aunt Marie – my dad’s sister – the one I was named after.

    Harvey Lee DeSpain spent the first years of his life in LaRue County, but he had already moved to the big city of Buechel when I met him. He didn’t visit us often, but his visits were memorable.

  • LETTER: Project Graduation 5K

    Running with Project Graduation

    The Project Graduation 5K was held Saturday.

    The overall winner was Gabe Lafollette at 20:43. He also won his age group.

    Second place winner and overall female runner was Misty Bivens at 23:31. She also won her age group.

    Mollie Thompson won the 21-30 age group and Dee Hutchins won the 40-plus age group.

    A special thanks to Duke's Sporting Goods for their sponsorship of the event.

    Deena Bradley

    Magnolia Bank

  • Conway owed voters defense, despite personal views

    We take Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway at his word when he says he thinks Kentucky's ban on same-sex marriage is discriminatory. He says he believes the state's constitutional amendment forbidding recognition of such unions will be overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court, which heard arguments on the matter last week. He may well be right.

    But we don't think his personal views on the subject, no matter how sincere, excuse him from refusing to defend the law on the state's behalf in his capacity as attorney general.

  • 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).