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Today's Opinions

  • LETTER: Conservation District thanks partners at banquet

     The LaRue County Conservation District would like to thank everyone who worked to make this year’s annual awards dinner so successful.

    Connie Smith with the LaRue County 4-H Cooking Club and its members once again prepared a wonderful meal that was enjoyed by all. We appreciate LaRue County Extension Service for letting us have the use of their facilities, and their staff for being so pleasant to work with. 

  • JUST ASK: The chair

     Does anyone know what “the chair” represents?

    This wicker chair was tied to a tree behind the LaRue County Courthouse a couple of months ago.

    Two people at the courthouse had different explanations. One said someone from Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church, adjacent to the courthouse, tied the chair to the tree for a church function.

  • LETTER: Expo was a success, thanks to the community

     The LaRue County Extension Service and Council members thank everyone for making the 2013 Extension Expo a great success. We thank all of our booth participants and everyone who came out to Expo this year. We especially appreciate the LaRue County Board of Education for allowing us use of the gym school facilities each year and thank Jailer Johnny Cottrill for allowing his staff and inmates to help us with set up and take down of the event. We appreciate all the community support and interest in this event each year.

    Theresa Howard

  • COLUMN: Social media is not the place for political rants

     During Sen. Rand Paul’s marathon of a filibuster, I couldn’t help but notice all of the ranting tweets and Facebook statuses my friends and acquaintances posted — negative and positive.

    Obviously, as a writer, I’m a strong believer in freedom of speech, which sometimes gets me in trouble, but when you post obnoxious opinions on your personal social media websites, odds are you are probably offending several people.

  • LETTER: Small, small world

    I read with interest in your March 6 paper the article about the Ragland trip to the Holy Land.

    Having grown up in the Maxine community, I know the Raglands well.

    My wife and I visited Israel in March 2012. At our first lunch stop in the iddle of nowhere northeast of Tel Aviv, I mentioned to one of our tour group that I was originally from Kentucky. A lady from another tour group casually walking by heard the conversation and said, “Oh, really. What part of Kentucky?” 

  • OPINION: 13-hour filibuster was just the beginning

     If I had planned to speak for 13 hours when I took the Senate floor, I would’ve worn more comfortable shoes. I started my filibuster with the words, “I rise today to begin to filibuster John Brennan’s nomination for the CIA. I will speak until I can no longer speak” — and I meant it.

  • COLUMN: 'The Real Truth about Beauty'

     Last week, while fighting with myself over what to wear to work because nothing I owned fit, I overheard a news story that broke my heart.

    A mother in Australia stumbled across her 7-year-old daughter’s diet plan. The girl was allowing herself to eat “appals, keewee and yoget.” She also had an exercise regimen.

    It was a testament to how hard we are on ourselves as a global society, how much emphasis the world puts on body image, how easily influenced children are, especially girls. And it made me re-think my state of mind at the time.

  • COLUMN: Every woman is simply amazing

     In your most country accent, peer into your looking glass, (mirror), and say out loud, “I am amazing.” There is no doubt in my mind that I am an amazing woman, and you know why? Because I said so!

    We all have special gifts, talents and qualities that make the word “amazing” appealing to our vocabulary.

    I think about some of the women who have graced my life with their “sweet aroma of wisdom, strength and compassion,” in the words of my good friend and sister, Monica Bland.