Today's Opinions

  • COLUMN: Circus is for pony lovers

    My husband and I took our daughter to the circus.

    Sounds simple, right? Wrong. From the moment we pulled into the fairgrounds she had her mind made up. She cared nothing about the circus and everything about the pony rides offered outside.

    Screaming at the top of her lungs in excitement she was practically begging to ride the animals.

  • COLUMN: Shopper's confidence takes a hit at gun show

    I am not a great shopper.

    My husband Bud would disagree. But that’s because he is a man and has little concept of what a real shopper is like. He can walk in Wal-Mart, go directly to his favorite jar of peanut butter, pick it up, walk directly to the checkout and be done.

    It’s almost Old Testament in its intensity: “Thou shalt go directly to the Jif. Thou shalt not look to the left, nor to the right, lest thou be tempted.”

    I enjoy looking – and buying when something calls to me. But the looking – that’s key.

  • LETTER: Childhood obesity wasn't a problem 30 years ago

    I believe that children are overweight not because of what they eat but because of inactivity. If people will get out their old annuals from the 40s, 50s,60s and 70s, you will not see very many overweight children.

    I attended Magnolia Elementary and High School. Mrs. Jessie Miller ran the lunchroom and boy did we have some good food. Here is what I can remember of the menu: pinto beans, cornbread, fruit cobblers, pimento cheese sandwiches, mashed potatoes, green beans, corn, turnip greens, vegetable soup, homemade cake, fish.

  • COLUMN: St. Francis' legacy becomes part of animal blessing

    Maybe it is just me – but there seem to be more events featuring the blessing of animals. These are occurring in various churches, too. One regional newspaper covered an event in two articles, before and after.

  • COLUMN: Lincoln Days - cold or hot - warms the heart

    The 36th annual Lincoln Days Festival was deceptively chilly on Saturday: blue skies and sunshine with a tendency to turn cold and windy. It made for a slight crowd Saturday morning, but as expected, hundreds of people poured into town just before the parade.
    It warmed up on Sunday afternoon – and the crowds turned out in force again.
    As always, the entertainment was top notch and there were plenty of activities for the family. And, it’s good to see old friends and catch up on news – the birth of new grandchildren, retirements and job changes.

  • LETTER: Many volunteers make the Lincoln Days parade great

    Large parades have a tendency to require considerable planning, coordination, and numerous volunteer contributions. This year's Lincoln Days parade was no different. I wanted to take a moment to thank those who were instrumental in producing it.

  • LETTER: Basket raffle a success

    Hodgenville Woman's Club wants to thank everyone who contributed to our basket raffle.

    We especially want to thank B. J. Clark, The LaRue County Herald News, Sweet Shop, James Ard, HMH Gift Shop, LaHa’s and Lee’s Garden Center.

    The winner of the basket was Ronald D. Nunn.

    Opal Dail


  • COLUMN: Child abuse exisits in LaRue County

    Chances are there’s a child being abused or neglected within a few miles of you today. Child abuse knows no economic, geographic or social barriers. It can happen in virtually any neighborhood, in any community and in any county in the state.

    Abuse and neglect results in shattered lives, ruined childhoods, broken families and sometimes even death. In fact, a recent study revealed that the state of Kentucky led the nation in the number of deaths stemming from child abuse and neglect.