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Today's Opinions

  • The 'father wound' can be healed

    A dear friend recently lost his father and another friend commented that the “father thing” is huge, no matter the relationship.

    Those with good fathers mourn the goodness of the relationship and the sweet memories of good days gone by.

    Those with fathers who caused pain and turmoil in the family by their presence (or by their absence or indifference) mourn the relationship that neveIr was but might have been.

    The father thing, indeed, is huge.

  • Wild goose chase turns into mooch-fest

    A couple of weeks ago, a pair of Canadian geese took up residence in a pond in the field behind our house.

    They appeared to be happy, squawking and swimming and trying to avoid the four longhorns who were there first.

    The longhorns do not like company – save for a few birds and my husband Bud when he feeds them. We once had a problem with stray dogs and coyotes prowling the field. Those cows – with their frightfully long horns and attitude to match – have taken care of the situation.

  • Blood drive collects 34 units

    Thank you to the 29 individuals who donated blood June 8 at the Hodgenville Woman’s Club. A double thanks to Pam Baker, Jr. Puyear, Donnie Propes, Nick Boone and Blake Bault for donating using the double red procedure.

    We collected 34 units of blood.

    Many thanks to the volunteers who worked – Cecil Druen and Rob Brown.

    The community blood drive will return Aug. 10.

    Faye Puyear

    Volunteer coordinator

  • Tax reform movement is growing

    Dr. Richard Gilbert of Hodgenville was recently found guilty of tax evasion in a Louisville court. I can’t think of a family more moral and upstanding than the Gilberts. They’re the modern equivalent of The Waltons meets Little House On The Prairie. How could someone so moral and honest to a fault be convicted of tax evasion? His fault and folly was standing on principle and speaking truth to power. The questions he asked the IRS and later posed in court can be distilled to form one simple question. Could you please show me the law that requires me to pay these taxes?

  • Get thou over thyself

    A writer friend in Denver once got a letter from a now-former reader of hers who said not only would she never buy another of my friend’s books, but she would tell all her friends to boycott them too.

    The reason? The reader accused my friend of quoting from a “lesbian” Bible.

    According to the reader, supposedly the Bible translation my friend used may or may not have had a lesbian on the team of translators.

    If I told you the Bible translation you’d be shocked since it’s probably the most used modern English translation worldwide.

  • Support appreciated

    I appreciate all the support, prayers, and encouragement that many of you have expressed over the past year since my IRS issue became public. I would like to give a summary of my findings over the past decade on the issue of income taxes. My purpose is to protect the future of our brothers, sisters, wives, children and houses (Nehemiah 4:14).

    There are four important components of federal taxation: Constitution; courts; Internal Revenue Code; and Internal Revenue Service.

  • Relay: Standing together is the best way to defeat a bully

    It’s tough to fight a bully.

    He doesn’t play fair. He hides and sneaks up on you. He intimidates you and your family.

    The bully doesn’t care if you have attempted to live a clean and inoffensive life – or if you have children or grandchildren – or if you have done absolutely nothing to deserve his attention.

    Without rhyme or reason, the bully will pick on your children and grandchildren. Your wife. Your husband.

    He’ll put you through the wringer again and again.

    This bully has a name. Cancer.

  • Underage drinking is costly to taxpayers

    We are nearing the time where many young people will celebrate a lifetime of accomplishments as they graduate from high school and move toward their life goals. Family and friends will gather together for a festive occasion to commemorate this awesome milestone.

    Traditionally, this is also a time when alcohol enters into the mix and brings tragic results for all involved. Alcohol is the most commonly used drug among American youth and it kills 5,000 teens every year.