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Today's Opinions

  • The importance of wrestling ... and other things

    When my son was a little guy, he wanted, more than anything, to play basketball.
    He practiced for hours and turned into a pretty good ball handler and a consistent shooter. It was also obvious that he was not going to inherit the 6-feet 1-inch gene from the taller members of the family. It looked like he was going to stand about 5-feet tall (he finally reached a whopping 5-feet 5-inches) – and I knew what that meant for a basketball player.

  • COLUMN: Thanks, Mr. Ireland. You're the Best.

     Since I married Bud Ireland in 2004, I have counted on him for many things. He changes the oil in the Jeep, makes sure I am wearing matching shoes and generally keeps me going. There is no way to count how many stories or pages of the newspaper he has proofed over the years – or how many photos he has taken for me when I couldn’t get somewhere. 

    He has missed more suppers and listened to more city council stories than anybody.

    And he has done it without complaint for years.

  • COLUMN: Remembering Lincoln aboard his namesake ship

    As USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) continues its third year in its refueling and complex overhaul in Newport News, Virginia, we will see the enhancements to more than 80 percent of our spaces. From the top of the island superstructure to the lowest deck of the aircraft carrier, practically every space will witness some form of rework.

  • COLUMN: Play ball! Reminiscing 1995

    As I was going through some mementos, I came across this column that was published on April 12, 1995. It gave me the idea to republish a few of my early columns in the upcoming weeks. I hope you enjoy the trip down Memory Lane as much as I did.
    My 9-year-old son decided to play little league baseball this year.
    I tried to talk him out of it like I did last year.

  • Frankfort Focus: New law will improve state's film connections

    FRANKFORT – Kentucky may be a couple of thousand miles away from Hollywood, but that hasn’t diminished our connections to the entertainment industry. Some of today’s most famous actors, for example – George Clooney, Jennifer Lawrence and Johnny Depp – were born here, while Tom Cruise spent part of his youth in Louisville.

  • LETTER: 5K was a successful Relay fundraiser

    5K a successful fundraiser

    We live in a great community and Living Strong Relay Team would like to thank all the people and businesses that made our first 5K Run/Walk a huge success!

    As a result of financial and in-kind donations from Bennett-Bertram Funeral Home, Arrowhead Archery & BBQ, Bullfrogs and Butterflies, Ross Leasing, Hinton's Orchard, Fort Knox Federal Credit Union, Save-A-Lot, IGA, and several anonymous donations, 100 percent of all runner and walker registrations went to LaRue County Relay for Life.

  • COLUMN: Feeling old, looking forward

    A few weeks ago, I was standing knee-deep in snow on the edge of a bluff, hanging onto a skinny tree branch and trying to take photos of a car that had landed in a creek below.
    The snow had edged over the top of my Fat Babies (boots, people, boots) and I was losing traction fast. I got a few photos and prayed that I wouldn’t end up at the bottom of the hill (or on YouTube) – looking like a giant snow burrito – before I finished.

  • LETTERS: Thank you from ALES Academic Team

     Please let me take this opportunity to thank the many people who helped the Abraham Lincoln Elementary School Academic Team with its most successful season. It took a huge commitment on the part of many people in order for these 20 students to excel at both the district and regional level.

    First, I must thank the parents and grandparents for allowing us the practice time at school and home. Without their support and partner study, we would not have achieved.