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Today's Opinions

  • Lincoln Days Parade a success

    The 2009 Lincoln Days Parade was easily the largest since I have been working on the parade and perhaps the largest in Lincoln Days’ history, with an almost 50 percent increase in participation. With such growth, I was anxious that the volunteers might be overwhelmed. Instead, this parade was the best I have experienced as a worker anywhere.

  • Insurance business dominated by a few

    When President Obama recently mentioned that one big insurer controlled 96 percent of the market in just one state, a collective (and very loud) gulp went down the throats of insurance industry executives. You see, this domination of the small group market, where small businesses are forced to buy insurance, drives costs up at an unsustainable rate.

  • A basket of thanks

    The basket committee of the Hodgenville Woman’s Club thank all club members who contributed and worked for the Club’s Lincoln Day project “Basket Full of LaRue County.”

    Thank you to the businesses and individuals listed for the donations to the basket and their continued support of Hodgenville Woman’s Club: Lincoln Days, James Ard, The LaRue County Herald News, Lincoln National Bank, LaRue County Extension Service, Lincoln Loft Books, Bault Oil Company, LaHa’s Red Castle and The Lincoln Museum.

  • Lincoln Days rolls out the memories once again

    The theme of Lincoln Days 2009 was “Lincoln, The Man.” But it may be remembered as “The Year of the Strollers.”

    Wherever you turned, you saw young mothers and fathers or grandparents maneuvering strollers through the crowd.

    Others carried toddlers on their shoulders or held the hands of older children as they lined the street for the parade.

  • Change can be challenging

    When I was a young student I wrote a significant paper that dealt with human response to change. I no longer have the paper on hand, but I remember its bottom line and have tried to heed its wisdom over the decades.

    That bottom line: most people generally resist change (granted that some among us seem to thrive on it).

    Given that many of us like change in moderation as we live through a period of history heavy with changes, stress is evident in many sectors of society.

  • Settling myths regarding BRAC

    If there are still any BRAC doubters out there, you should have seen the turn out for the Fort Knox Job Information Sessions at the Urban League Economic Empowerment Tour and Career Fair in Louisville earlier this month. We had hundreds of folks show up to learn more about the employment opportunities coming to the installation. Believe me, most were plenty interested in finding out how to qualify and apply for these future positions. 

  • 4-H experience provided lifelong memories

    A recent story about Winnie Read and her 45-year service to LaRue County’s 4-H program caught the attention of Anna Mae McCubbin.

    While she has lived 52 years in her Elizabethtown home, Mrs. McCubbin takes The LaRue County Herald News to keep up with events in and around the area where she was raised.

    She asked for a couple extra copies of the Sept. 9 edition to share with far away friends.

  • Heritage can be measured by children and tomatoes

    My daughter Amanda is growing tomatoes in a small backyard in Lexington. She is having some luck – but I told her she needs fertilizer. I promised to bring her a bucket of chicken poop for side dressing the next time we visit.

    I’m not sure how that will go over with the neighbors in her subdivision. On the other hand, what they don’t know won’t hurt them.

    My granddaughter Claire, who is not yet 2, is enthralled with the cherry tomatoes – they are “hers,” she says. She eats them right off the vine.