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Today's Opinions

  • Wedding words: ‘Everyone’s gonna love them’

    I’m not really very good with words.

    Sure, I write for a living, but that doesn’t mean I’m actually good at conveying my own thoughts with any sort of succinctness. It’s especially bad when I’m speaking the words out loud. I get caught up, tongue-tied and dry-mouthed. If I mispronounce something, I just lose my mind, apparently, because it’s all downhill from there.

    The one time in my life that I felt I accurately expressed my feelings via the spoken word was the tallest order I’ve ever been given: my wedding vows.

  • God’s true gift trumps evil

    The Pew Research Center recently reported that nearly three-quarters of Americans are OK with religious displays on public property. Apparently, America still has room at the Inn, or at least the public square for baby Jesus and a nativity scene. Only 20 percent according to the survey say that such displays should never be permitted. Must be Grinches, all of them.

  • COLUMN: Do 'all lives matter?'

    December is shaping up as a somewhat Orwellian month in the realm of free speech.

    In Washington, the Supreme Court decided to take up the issue of whether states can deny permission for specialty license plates that have a logo or message that might offend some people. Given that states cannot ban stuff like pornography on the grounds it might offend some people, one would think the answer to that question would be no. But read on.

  • Letters to the Editor

    Home tour thanks

    The Hodgenville Woman’s Club thanks everyone who attended our home tour, the homeowners who so graciously put their beautifully decorated homes on tour and people who purchased raffle tickets.

    The winner of the raffle basket was Cindy Smith.

    The income from these events helps the club maintain their historic clubhouse.

    Opal Dail

    Publicity Chair

    Walk to End Alzheimer’s raises almost $60,000

  • McBride’s home is welcome sight to community

    I haven’t had a Christmas tree since 2007.

    I didn’t realize how much this bothered my three granddaughters until last week when they stayed with us a couple of days. They brought up the subject of the no-tree so many times that I went to the basement and dragged out a two-foot-tall tabletop tree-in-a-box.

    Thankfully, the lights still worked. But that wasn’t enough. They wanted ornaments. I told them to find something.

  • McBride’s home is welcome sight to community

    I haven’t had a Christmas tree since 2007.

    I didn’t realize how much this bothered my three granddaughters until last week when they stayed with us a couple of days. They brought up the subject of the no-tree so many times that I went to the basement and dragged out a two-foot-tall tabletop tree-in-a-box.

    Thankfully, the lights still worked. But that wasn’t enough. They wanted ornaments. I told them to find something.

  • Report is a first step we need to continue

    There is nothing about the death or near death of a child, at the hands of their caretaker, which can be viewed positively. Despite this sad and stark reality, we at Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky are encouraged by the release of the second annual report from the Child Fatality and Near Fatality External Review Panel. This report reflects the work of a dedicated and voluntary multi-disciplinary group of professionals (including a PCAK representative). The Panel’s commitment to data driven, solution focused recommendations are readily apparent in this report.

  • Blame game: Generation gap turns into Boomer slap

    I was speaking with a longtime friend the other day and he commented: “It seems to me that our community has lost a lot of ‘the good, ol’ people’ lately.”

    I had to agree. The obituary page in The LaRue County Herald News has been full of names of people who have been mainstays of goodness, kindness and charity. Some of them much older than me – others not so much.

    It seems their deaths cluster around holidays – something that has puzzled me for years.