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Today's Opinions

  • COLUMN: Latest scam tugs at heartstrings - foiled by rude caller

     Twice in the last two weeks, I’ve been contacted by phone at home by a person claiming to raise funds for the family of fallen police officers.

    While it is a worthy cause, I was put-off by the demand for a pledge and the inability of the group to send out information. The rudeness of the caller led me to hang up on him in mid-sentence. The second caller assured me their information could be verified and transferred me to another department who could provide no details. She wanted only to get my credit card information.

  • ‘Own up to it’

    Clara Mae Druen, longtime subscriber of The LaRue County Herald News, called Monday to let us know someone – who either wasn’t paying attention to his driving or had to maneuver around something in the roadway – had struck her mailbox and newspaper box. The posts are twisted and will need to be replaced.

    The driver left behind his right front headlight.

  • A Forge of Men

    Twenty boys and twenty more

    Upon the practice field;

    Some pull their weight,

    Some at the gate,

    “Come boys, let’s do some more.”

    Twenty boys and twenty more

    All beside the field;

    The practice o’er,

    The match before,

    The waiting now a chore.

    Twenty boys and twenty more

    Engaged upon the field;

    Battle rages,

    Sound of ages,

    Some bloody, tired and sore.

    Twenty men and twenty more

  • Things are looking up for Kentucky

    Although there is no doubt that we still have a long way to go to recover fully from the national recession that began seven years ago, there have been some encouraging signs in recent days.

    Early last week, for example, the U.S. Commerce Department reported that the economy grew by five percent between July and September, the fastest quarterly uptick in a decade.

  • Kudos to the Santa's Helpers

    Many thanks, once again, to that band of intrepid volunteers – Santa’s Helpers – who have braved the weather, the traffic and an aging Rudolf bus for the last 48 years to bring smiles to hundreds of local children.
    They have given up their own family’s Christmas Eve to make the holidays brighter for others. In fact, the Santa Run has turned into a family tradition for many of them. While they may get discouraged, they never give up. And the memories they make and receive are priceless.
     

  • Happy anniversary, Mom and Dad

    Saturday, Dec. 27 was a very special day. It was the day when two of the state’s top teams, ranked #1 and #4, were playing. It also was the 65th anniversary for two special people.

    R.B. and Mary Smith were married on Dec. 27, 1949, at the courthouse in Munfordville. They have four sons, John, Craig, Tony (Tess), and Brian (Sharon); three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

    R.B. and Mary are residents at Sunrise Manor Nursing Home.

  • 2015 could make or break America

    History teaches us two things: what works and what doesn’t. After over 200 years of experience, we know definitively what has worked for America. We also know just as definitively, what has caused other countries to fail.

    America was the first country in history to be founded exclusively on individual freedom. It was an experiment never before done. The outcome was unknown. Today we do know with certainty the wildly successful impact freedom has on people. Americans have created the highest standard of living, along with the best quality of life in human history.

  • Dealing with loss and grief during the holidays

    Many people who have lost a loved one experience more intense feelings of grief during the holidays. This is true of birthdays and anniversaries, too. Since you’re used to associating the holidays with good times and your special person, you’ll likely miss them even more at this time of year. You will likely still enjoy certain aspects of the holiday season, especially if you’re able to spend time with other family members and friends.

    Handling the holiday season

    n Allow yourself some time to feel sad or have a good cry.