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Today's Opinions

  • Reducing mail service would save billions

    Remember when it was exciting to get mail with your name on it. As a child, it was like Christmas morning in the mailbox. But the thrill of seeing your name on an envelope loses its excitement with maturity and the arrival of bills.

    In this period of economic hardship, news of corporate restructuring, downsizing and a general woe-is-us attitude, the U.S. Postal Service has lined up behind the banks and carmakers in approaching Congress for support.

  • Some of our games have become too ugly to play

    Game: A contest governed by set rules, entered into for amusement.

    When I was a kid, which I admit was a long time ago, sports were great. The neighborhood kids would gather in the abandoned field next door and play baseball, football or any other game we could think of. It was innocent and fun. Sports are great for our children. They gain pride, self-esteem, team spirit and they strive for good grades so they can remain on the team. The benefits are tremendous, but, the saying, “You’ve come a long way baby” is painfully true.

  • Paul Harvey delivered smiles for 50 years

    He’s been called the most listened to man in America. Paul Harvey’s unique delivery, style and story-telling skill set him apart in broadcasting.

    After paying his dues and impressing his bosses and audiences in St. Louis and Chicago, Harvey got a crack at a national audience. For more than 50 years, his news and comments broadcasts entertained and informed America.

  • Don’t call me cat crazy just because Buu has his own Facebook page

    Being an animal lover, particularly cats, has been full of ups and downs. And not from the cats.

    I’ve been called “Crazy Cat Lady,” “Cat Woman” and even “The Cat Whisperer.” (I secretly like that one). I’ve seen Dr. Berry look at me askance when I answer his questions in my “Buu voice” or make impertinent comments on Buu’s behalf. The thermometer remarks were not too welcome.

  • Heart transplant patient enjoyed every moment with family, friends

    I met Hubert Wright in 2002. He was sitting in the Hodgenville Service Center, spinning yarns and cracking jokes worthy of the late humorist Jerry Clower.

    When I learned he was a beekeeper, I asked to write a story about him. During that interview at his home in Magnolia, he told me about his heart.

    Hubert had a series of heart attacks in 1986. His cardiac muscle was nearly destroyed. His only chance at survival was for a heart transplant.

  • Lincoln would have been proud of his old hometown

    It is said that Robert Dale Owen, a social reformer and Indiana representative, cornered President Abraham Lincoln in November 1862 and read to him a long manuscript on spiritualism.

    Lincoln is said to have listened patiently and responded: "Well, for those who like that sort of thing, I should think it is just about the sort of thing they would like." (Anthony Gross, Lincoln’s Own Stories, 1902)

  • Residents pulled together during storm

    A few days ago, I spotted 18 utility trucks, some Nolin RECC and others I didn’t recognize, on Lincoln Parkway. I knew where they were headed – to some of the hardest hit areas of LaRue County with the recent ice storm.

    Having not had electricity for 11 days, I know how frustrating it is to flip a switch and the light not come on, turn a faucet and not have hot water or not feel the warmth of a heat pump. I can imagine the frustration of those without power for two weeks or more.

  • Heart disease no respecter of age

    A killer once stalked me almost snuffing out my young life.

    The deadly force didn’t lurk around corners, sneaking quick peeks or huddle outside the shrubs in front of my house – watching, waiting.

    This frightening phantom was hiding inside my chest, little by little, growing over many years.

    It was coronary heart disease.

    The dreaded slayer takes more lives than any other disease in the U.S. and it had my number.