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Today's Opinions

  • COLUMN: Karaoke brings on case of stage fright

    I did it! I sang karaoke at the LaRue County Fair Friday night.

    Oh my gosh! I have never experienced stage fright like that in my entire 46 years!

    Flashback a few hours preceding the actual contest: I began my morning by driving to Louisville for my chemo at the Brown Cancer Center. I took the scenic route through Younger’s Creek and Boston and Lebanon Junction, and as I was traveling I heard John Denver singing his classic hit “Country Roads Take Me Home.”

  • LETTER: Who is the real child abuser?

    Who is the real abuser?

    Who is the real child abuser when someone calls in on a family to child welfare and the accusations are false?

  • LETTER: Community involvement made golf scramble a success

  • COLUMN: Children will make their own memories at the fair

    The LaRue County Fair is now in full swing. Miss LaRue County and Miss Teen LaRue County have been crowned, (congrats by the way), and several more events are scheduled each of the remaining nights.
    My first experience at the fair was interesting. Well, if we’re being honest it was downright awful.
    It was four years ago, a few months after my husband Shane and I moved here. I can recall that I was hot, muggy, dirty and damp. Oh, and nine months pregnant. I’m pretty sure that’s why it was awful.

  • LETTER: Happy to reconnect with old friend

    A few months ago, I sent an email looking for an old friend, Earl Thompson Jr., who was stationed at the same air base with me in Blytheville, Ark. You put it in the paper that I wanted to get in touch with him. One of his brothers, Clifford, saw it and called him.
    Earl and I began emailing. I am so glad you did that because now Earl is gone. His wife sent me an email informing me of Earl’s passing.
    Thank you for getting me in touch with Earl even though it was for a short time.
    John Kessler Jr.
    Corning, New York

  • LETTER: Looking for extraordinary people

    Looking for extraordinary people

    I’m currently taking nominees for the next installment of the Kentucky’s Everyday Heroes book series, third volume. Criteria is: A living Kentuckian who has overcome extreme personal challenges and/or has given of themselves in a noble and sacrificial way. Their lives serve as examples to inspire others to greater acts of character. The nominee would be considered “ordinary,” commonly known only to people in their communities, but will have an “extraordinary” lasting impact.

  • LETTER: Watch your children as temperatures rise

    Watch your children
    Summer is here and we’re already seeing the dreaded headlines about children who are left inside hot cars, leading to heat stroke and even death.
    Since 1998, at least 13 children in Kentucky have died as a result of being left inside sweltering vehicles while their parents or caregivers shop, go to work or run errands. It’s just another example of the abuse and neglect that plagues Kentucky’s children.

  • COLUMN: Support your community, visit the fair and have a blast

    As time goes by, I realize more and more just how working together makes the world a better place. I see that every day in this community. With that in mind, I also see what happens when people don’t take action to participate in local events, and would prefer to be critical instead of getting involved.