Today's Opinions

  • Foster families needed

     May is National Foster Care Month, a time to come together on behalf of the nearly 6,000 Kentucky children who are living in foster care because their own families are in crisis. This month provides the opportunity to thank the foster families who provide homes and love to children who need them. Foster parents often become the substitute family for the youth regardless of how long they stay – be it an hour or a lifetime.

  • After 8 years, heart still listens for Mom

     I had an odd encounter the other day.

  • COLUMN: New journey begins for staff writer

     In June 2010 I embarked upon one of the most interesting, fun and sometimes crazy journeys of my entire life – the start of my job at The LaRue County Herald News. 

  • LETTER: May is Foster Care Awareness Month

     Many people know of foster care, but few really understand how the system works, the role of the foster parents and most importantly, the experience of the children and youth in care.

    More than 6,800 Kentucky children and youth are in out-of-home care. Most are placed in temporary foster care due to parental neglect or abuse. The average age of a child in care is 10.7 years.

    More than 73 percent of the children/youth in care are white; 19.3 percent are black and 4.3 percent are Hispanic.

  • COLUMN: Honor your mom for all she means to you

     Sunday is Mother’s Day in the United States and for most it will be a very special day. Telephone companies tell us it is their busiest day of the year.  It is a day for remembering, for greetings and expressions of love.

    Your mother may have been gone for many years, but there are still sounds and sights and smells of home, of screen doors banging in the summer time and the aroma of those fresh baked biscuits right out of the oven that greeted you as you got out of bed in the morning.

  • COLUMN: Richie Farmer, we expected better from you

     Another official has disappointed us – or lived up to our expectations – depending on which side of the political fence you’re standing.

  • Proclamation: National Day of Prayer

     Senator James Harlan of Iowa, whose daughter later married President Lincoln's son Robert, introduced this Resolution in the Senate on March 2, 1863. The Resolution asked President Lincoln to proclaim a national day of prayer and fasting. The Resolution was adopted on March 3, and signed by Lincoln on March 30, one month before the fast day was observed.

    By the President of the United States of America.

    A Proclamation.

  • LETTER: Truitt will be missed

    Truitt will be missed
    With the passing of Roger Truitt, whom I had for one a great deal of respect:
    I will remember him with a great deal of pride – his love for his country, our flag, veterans, but most of all, his direct approach to your problems.
    He didn’t water down anything. He called an ace an ace. No wishy-washy with him.
    From one veteran to another, thank you for having known you, Roger.
    God bless his family.
    Lee Ratliff