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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • It’s time to say ‘whoa’ in Washington

    My husband Bud can’t distinguish black from navy.

    Every Sunday morning before church, he asks me whether his suit jacket matches his pants. Since my eyes are nearly as bad as his, I have him take the ensemble to the sun porch where the light is better.

    I’ll spend several minutes trying to figure out whether the navy is actually dark blue or a faded black. And if both the pants and the jacket are navy, are they the same navy?

    Finally, Sunday, I gave up and shared one of my grandmother Vada’s tidbits of wisdom with him.

  • Lincoln Days blends the old with the new

    It has been my pleasure to serve as Lincoln Days president for these last two years.

    It is always a big job, but working with a good board makes it fun. The officers are Jeff Hughes, vice president; Rob Barnhill, treasurer; and Carolyn Mather, secretary.  Members at large are Jimmy Curle, Philip Setters and Hollie Sexton.  We are all dedicated to making our festival better each year.

  • What is a Christian nation?

    Just what is a Christian nation? A long list of past American leaders admonish us not to abandon the Good Book – a warning I believe Christians, including me, should take seriously. But when we claim to be a Christian nation, I begin to wonder if we’re not engaged in a bit of selective reading of the sacred scriptures.