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Today's Opinions

  • COLUMN: 'Polio Sundays' saved lives 50 years ago

    I got a flu shot last week. It didn’t hurt and I got a nice booklet of coupons for my trouble.
    It seems that getting an annual vaccination for a variety of ills has turned routine, something we take for granted. One local pharmacy will even bring the shots to your workplace.
    But it wasn’t always that way.
    There have been times, in the not-so-distant past, that preventative measures were not available to the public. Epidemics occurred. People became sick and sometimes died.
    The best you could do was avoid everybody and pray.

  • LETTER: Thank you to blood drive donors

    Thank you to the 39 individuals who volunteered to donate blood Tuesday at the Hodgenville Woman’s Club.

    This was an unusually large number and there were some delays. I am sorry for any inconvenience.

    Thanks to Rob Brown and Rita Smith for assisting at the drive and The Sweet Shop for a tray of candy. Many thanks for your support of the community blood drive. The next blood drive is Dec. 31.

    Faye Puyear

    Volunteer coordinator

  • LETTER: Band Boosters appreciate support

  • LETTER: Worldwide Hour of Prayer

    The Worldwide Hour of Prayer will be 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22.

    Won’t you join us in this time to pray for those around the world, for our country/government, family and friends and others? Just one hour to dedicate our hearts and prayers in unison.

    Elizabeth Scott-Whipkey

    Hodgenville

  • Trailer no match for 'old men wrecking crew'

    Charles Hagan Edlin and his wife Mary live in a large two-story house in Hodgenville. Mary’s great-grandfather Wilbur Vaughn built the house in 1903.
    Mary is the fourth generation of the Vaughn family to live in this house. She and Charles Hagan have bought a smaller, more modern house with a smaller lot and plan to auction their old house later this month.

  • COLUMN: Circus is for pony lovers

    My husband and I took our daughter to the circus.

    Sounds simple, right? Wrong. From the moment we pulled into the fairgrounds she had her mind made up. She cared nothing about the circus and everything about the pony rides offered outside.

    Screaming at the top of her lungs in excitement she was practically begging to ride the animals.

  • COLUMN: Shopper's confidence takes a hit at gun show

    I am not a great shopper.

    My husband Bud would disagree. But that’s because he is a man and has little concept of what a real shopper is like. He can walk in Wal-Mart, go directly to his favorite jar of peanut butter, pick it up, walk directly to the checkout and be done.

    It’s almost Old Testament in its intensity: “Thou shalt go directly to the Jif. Thou shalt not look to the left, nor to the right, lest thou be tempted.”

    I enjoy looking – and buying when something calls to me. But the looking – that’s key.

  • LETTER: Childhood obesity wasn't a problem 30 years ago

    I believe that children are overweight not because of what they eat but because of inactivity. If people will get out their old annuals from the 40s, 50s,60s and 70s, you will not see very many overweight children.

    I attended Magnolia Elementary and High School. Mrs. Jessie Miller ran the lunchroom and boy did we have some good food. Here is what I can remember of the menu: pinto beans, cornbread, fruit cobblers, pimento cheese sandwiches, mashed potatoes, green beans, corn, turnip greens, vegetable soup, homemade cake, fish.