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Today's Opinions

  • Wedding gowns turned into gifts for grieving families

    My daughter is a NICU (neonatal intensive-care unit) nurse who takes care of some of the tiniest, most fragile babies born in the state. She has never disclosed a name or even hinted at anything that would violate the privacy of her patients. But I can tell – by the few things she has said – it is a difficult job.

    Most of her patients thrive and are able to go home. Some of the families do not get that happy ending. My daughter is sometimes called upon to care for the little ones after they have died.

  • Letter to the editor

    November is National Hospice Month

    With 15 years of experience caring for patients with life-limiting illnesses, I have gained valuable insights into end-of-life issues and the benefits of choosing hospice care sooner.

  • Voters respond to Obama’s shunning

    I was raised on a dirt road. Lots of folks were. That’s rural, all right.

    I’ve never been ashamed of the fact – but the name-calling I’ve heard since last week’s election is proof enough that some people think I should be.

    Several commentators have lashed out at the counties that supported U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell, labeling them as “racist,” “poor,” “ignorant” and “self-defeating.”

  • Newspapers: You’ve got to start somewhere

    I’ve always said writing isn’t something I decided to do. It’s just something I did. Of course, there were teachers, professors, friends and mentors along the way to give me encouragement or advice. But no one ever had to force me to write.

  • Forget election, it’s Santa letter time!

    I had the privilege of speaking to four classes of first-graders last week at Hodgenville Elementary School.

    Naughty or nice? Only Santa knows for sure – but the students were well behaved at school.

    And speaking of the Jolly Old Elf ... that was the subject we all wanted to talk about at HES.

    That’s right ... it’s time to start thinking about Santa letters. There is a lot to do before we publish our annual Christmas edition.

  • Letter to the Editor

    Blood drive a success, returns Dec. 9

    I want to thank the 29 individuals who volunteered to donate blood Tuesday at the Hodgenville Woman’s Club. We received 25 good units.

    A double thanks goes to Nick Boone and Junior Puyear for donating “double reds.”

    Thanks to Becky Loyall, Linda Stearman and Rob Brown for working at the drive. Thanks to The Sweet Shoppe for a tray of fudge.

    The blood drive is sponsored by the Hodgenville Woman’s Club and will return Dec. 9.

    Faye Puyear

    Volunteer Coordinator

  • Just Ask

    I believe Interim Mayor Kenny DeVore broke the law when he appointed Larry Davis to fulfill his term on city council. Could you check on it?

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    We requested a copy of the City Council minutes from June 9 – the date of Davis’ appointment – and reviewed the video taken that night.

    The minutes say Mayor DeVore “suggested the appointment of Larry Davis to the vacant City Council seat. Glenda Wathen motioned to accept the recommendation and Jim Phelps seconded the motion. All council members approved.

  • October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

    SPM Wire – With breast cancer currently the second most common cancer in women, according to government health statistics, awareness and early detection are crucial for treatment outcomes. With this in mind, every October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month – a time to raise awareness of the disease and funds for research and treatment.

    While most women are aware of the disease, many fail to take steps to detect breast cancer in its early stages, say the experts at the National Breast Cancer Foundation.