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Today's Opinions

  • COLUMN: Speaking to future leaders is a humbling experience

    A few weeks back I was invited to speak in front of doctors, lawyers, nurses, teachers and a slew of other important people.
    As nervous as I could be, knees knockin’ and all, I walked to the front of the room.
    “Um, Urhm, I’m Candis and I’m glad to be here today.” I’m almost sure you’re reading this like I sounded professional. No, it wasn’t. Read it like this “Um, Urhm, I’m Candis (screech) and I’m glad (stutter) to be here today.” Yeah, that sounds more like it.

  • A Cancer Survivor's Story: TOM R. COFFEY

     THE FIRST IN A SERIES OF STORIES OF LOCAL CANCER SURVIVORS

    I have now survived cancer for three years.

    My story began in 2008. My son Ryan was to be married that July. The week of his wedding I was so sick, I was hospitalized and was first told that the C-word "cancer" was likely the problem. The doctors released me for the weekend to attend the wedding. When I returned the following week, further tests showed that I had non-Hodgkin's lymphoma B-cell.

  • Just like riding a bike, all over again

    It’s true that you never forget how to ride a bike. I learned that Sunday. But you can forget how to do it well.
    I can’t remember the last time I was on a bicycle before last weekend. It was at least 20 years ago. I was 15 then and I’m sure I thought I was too cool to ride a bike.
    I’m not too cool anymore. The problem now is I’m not cool enough. My wobbly riding proved that as soon as I got up the nerve to get on the bicycle and take off.

  • COLUMN: Stricter qualifications for political candidates are long overdue

    The requirements for running and holding a political office vary across the state.
    Generally speaking, little-to-no experience is needed to seek election. You have to be at least 24 years old and prove residency.
    The crazy thing is that some of the county offices requiring the most responsibility to the public have the fewest job requirements.
    On the other hand, it isn’t easy to run for Property Valuation Administrator – a state office. The candidate must first pass a test.

  • COLUMN: Celebrate the power of newspapers

    Celebrate the Power of Newspapers is this year’s theme celebrating Newspaper in Education week, March 7-11.
    No matter how students access newspapers – on the Web, through an app, in an electronic edition or in print, they learn about an ever widening range of subjects. Newspapers not only bring academic subjects to life, but also deepen learning by grounding in real-world experiences. The power of newspapers lies in their ability to help students develop into literate, well-rounded, successful citizens.

  • Lincoln swapped ideas with radicals

  • Bringing Wi-Fi: Would the people of Hodgenville benefit?

    Today it seems that everyone is asking the question, “Could bringing Wi-Fi to the square of Hodgenville benefit the city?”
    In my opinion, it would. My name is Anne McCubbin and I’m an 8th grader who is part of the LaRue County Middle School Community Problem Solving Team. We’ve decided that bringing Wi-Fi to the square would benefit Hodgenville in two ways: tourism and giving our local community members more reasons to frequent the downtown area.

  • COLUMN: 'Miss Carrie' Arnette is the heart of The Life Connection

    In celebrating Black History Month, attention is given to a Hodgenville resident who has contributed to Hodgenville and LaRue County. Her name is Carrie Arnette.
    Carrie has worked at The Life Connection for more than 18 years. This is a residential facility for adolescents with cognitive disabilities. I consider her the mother of Life Connection, because she was there when it was first established. I will share why I selected this person for this title.