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Today's Opinions

  • Childhood argument gives lesson about forgiveness

    After years of struggling with emphysema and 18 days in the intensive care unit, my cousin recently died.

    David was 48 — three years and three months younger than me.

    When family members die out of order, it often can be unsettling. It’s heartbreaking to watch his wife and daughter confront their pain and devastating to experience the grief of his father and my other aunts, uncles, cousins and sisters.

    Through the experience, my memories of our shared childhood experiences returned to one isolated conflict.

  • ‘When I am on that road I am in the heart of myself’

    The title? That’s a quote from one of my favorite short stories – “Mrs. Todd’s Shortcut” by Stephen King.

    Re-reading that story, combined with something I saw at the side of the road brought back a few memories.

    It was a pair of tire tracks in the ditch beside the intersection of Old E’town Road and Phillips Lane. Someone did some fancy driving to avoid rear-ending another vehicle.

    And that reminded me of my dad.

  • Sharing a slice of Shepherd’s Pie

    I would like to thank Brother Andrew Singh, president of the LaRue County Ministerial Association, for the invitation to attend the Thanksgiving service at First Baptist Church. It was a wonderful service. I would especially like to thank all the people who brought canned goods to contribute to our Shepherd’s Pie Food Pantry. That was a great idea and that gift will help make it possible for our church to continue serving families in our community.

  • Feeding America

    With the winter months upon us, many people will be confronted with difficult choices such as paying for food and paying for utilities or heating fuel. More than 49 million Americans are food insecure; meaning they lack consistent access to enough food at some point during the year.

    Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland, a member of Feeding America, has been serving Central Kentucky for 27 years, helping 63,000 people every year.

  • Kelly Dean Sanders dinner a success

    On behalf of the Kelly Dean Sanders Memorial Fund, sincere thanks to all who assisted to make the Kelly Dean Sanders Memorial Fund annual dinner a success. 

  • Stand up for your constitutional right to say 'Merry Christmas'

    I’m sure everyone is aware that some people want to remove God from our lives. They want to remove “under God,” from the pledge, remove the Ten Commandments, have no prayer in school and the list goes on.

    Why are we letting these people take away what this nation was founded under? We put contact information in the paper regularly so you can write to the politicians and tell them what you think. If these politicians that we elected don’t work for “we the people” then “we the people” need to remove them.

  • Lincoln's lessons on civility and communication live

    As citizens of this great democracy, we have the right to openly express our political viewpoints and to freely share our ideological differences. When we exercise these rights in a thoughtful and respectful manner, we have the potential to foster greater good. Yet when we refuse to listen to opposing perspectives or when we treat each other with blatant disrespect, ill-will and mistrust are often the result.

  • Beauty is in the iris of the beholder

    I’ve just returned to work after taking a few weeks vacation. I needed some quiet time as the date Nov. 2 loomed. This was the one-year anniversary of the death of my 22-year-old son and if I could have crawled in a cave somewhere and avoided any pain associated with that date, that would have been fine with me.

    But that isn’t the way it works.

    If you try to hide from it, it waits for a chance to jump out and knock you down when you’re not expecting it.