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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Newspaper in Education provides living textbooks

    Newspapers Now is the theme to celebrate this year’s Newspaper in Education week March 2-6. The Newspaper Association of America Foundation Web site states that the newspaper has always been, and remains today, an important resource in people’s lives.

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  • Cat rejects babysitter’s charm

    It’s that time again. Truths that have to be spoken, a tiny heart left shattered and broken.

    I’m going on vacation and I’ve had to tell my kitty, Buu, that I would be away from him for five days. Oh, the calamity!

  • Storm lesson: Underground utilities should be considered

    The ice storm and its extended aftermath of damage left us all with stories to tell.

    For generations to come, Jan. 27, 2009, will be a milestone day for LaRue Countians as we compare every future act of nature with the inconvenience, damage, discomfort and tragedies associated with the storm.

  • Time to sit in the dark and ponder

    Some things I thought about while sitting in the dark after the ice storm.

    •Flashlights and kerosene heaters are wonderful inventions. Having new batteries and fresh kerosene is even better.

    •I had forgotten just how quiet the night can be.

    •You don’t miss television as much as you might expect.

    •I’m glad the neighbors have a generator to keep them warm. I just wish it didn’t sound like they were mowing their lawn all night.

    •Reading by the light of a kerosene heater feels so Lincolnesque.

  • Give trees a chance to recover from ice storm

    When I was a little girl, I attended Pleasant Grove Baptist Church with my mom and brother.

    One year, an ice storm damaged some branches on the two big sycamore trees at the edge of the cemetery. I recall some discussion among the church members whether to cut the trees down – as they were advised by an expert – or to trim the damaged branches and give the trees a second chance.

    Being a bit of a tree-hugger back then, I was glad when the adults decided to do the only wise thing by giving the trees a chance to recover.

  • Give trees a chance to recover from ice storm

    When I was a little girl, I attended Pleasant Grove Baptist Church with my mom and brother.

    One year, an ice storm damaged some branches on the two big sycamore trees at the edge of the cemetery. I recall some discussion among the church members whether to cut the trees down – as they were advised by an expert – or to trim the damaged branches and give the trees a second chance.

    Being a bit of a tree-hugger back then, I was glad when the adults decided to do the only wise thing by giving the trees a chance to recover.

  • How To Contact Local Officials

    U.S. Congress

    Sen. Jim Bunning – (202) 224-4343

    Sen. Mitch McConnell – (202) 224-2541

    Rep. Brett Guthrie – (270) 842-9896, fax 202-226-2019, http://guthrie.house.gov

    General Assembly

    Sen. Carroll Gibson, 5th district – (270) 259-6289; carroll.gibson@lrc.ky.gov

    Rep. Dottie Sims, 19th district  – (270) 786-3948; 502-564-8100, ext. 719; dottiesims@lrc.ky.gov

    LaRue Fiscal Court

    Judge/Executive Tommy Turner – 358-4400

    Magistrates: