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Opinion

  • The Indisposable Concept is a photography project based out of Australia, in which people use disposable cameras to take pictures of what they consider “indisposable.” Basically, they want you to document the world around you via the lens of a disposable camera. Afterward, you’re supposed to send the pictures to them, either by email or by mailing in the camera itself. They then post the pictures on their website and social media accounts.

    It started in Australia, but has since garnered a worldwide following.

  • My daughter is a NICU (neonatal intensive-care unit) nurse who takes care of some of the tiniest, most fragile babies born in the state. She has never disclosed a name or even hinted at anything that would violate the privacy of her patients. But I can tell – by the few things she has said – it is a difficult job.

    Most of her patients thrive and are able to go home. Some of the families do not get that happy ending. My daughter is sometimes called upon to care for the little ones after they have died.

  • November is National Hospice Month

    With 15 years of experience caring for patients with life-limiting illnesses, I have gained valuable insights into end-of-life issues and the benefits of choosing hospice care sooner.

  • I was raised on a dirt road. Lots of folks were. That’s rural, all right.

    I’ve never been ashamed of the fact – but the name-calling I’ve heard since last week’s election is proof enough that some people think I should be.

    Several commentators have lashed out at the counties that supported U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell, labeling them as “racist,” “poor,” “ignorant” and “self-defeating.”

  • I’ve always said writing isn’t something I decided to do. It’s just something I did. Of course, there were teachers, professors, friends and mentors along the way to give me encouragement or advice. But no one ever had to force me to write.

  • I had the privilege of speaking to four classes of first-graders last week at Hodgenville Elementary School.

    Naughty or nice? Only Santa knows for sure – but the students were well behaved at school.

    And speaking of the Jolly Old Elf ... that was the subject we all wanted to talk about at HES.

    That’s right ... it’s time to start thinking about Santa letters. There is a lot to do before we publish our annual Christmas edition.

  • SPM Wire – With breast cancer currently the second most common cancer in women, according to government health statistics, awareness and early detection are crucial for treatment outcomes. With this in mind, every October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month – a time to raise awareness of the disease and funds for research and treatment.

    While most women are aware of the disease, many fail to take steps to detect breast cancer in its early stages, say the experts at the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

  • It’s a great time here at The LaRue County Herald News. We would like to announce that we have officially relocated our offices to a newly remodeled expanded space, right next door to where our office has been located since 1992.

    You still come in the same door, except now you just come straight ahead and Administrative Assistant Hazel Hinton will be there to great you with a great big smile.

    The new space allows for much needed office space for all the staff, and a private conference and interview room as well.

  • The public has a right to know.

    It has a right to know how taxpayer dollars are spent, whether government meetings are being conducted properly and fairly, and if government leaders are open to questions and scrutiny.

    It’s important to note that anyone can challenge (respectfully) a community leader – or the way a public meeting is being conducted. You do not have to be an employee of a newspaper, as someone suggested to me a couple of weeks ago.

  • It was June 1984. I was two weeks out of high school and walking into my first job interview. I had grown up in the Buffalo area with a great love for reading and writing, but all the work I had done so far in my life revolved around mowing yards, helping farmers put up hay, and assisting my Dad move heavy pianos. I had never yet held a public job. I was 17 – and nervous as a cat.

  • The Lincoln Days Festival was a success once again.

    The Lincoln Days Committee continued the tradition of tried-and-true events like the pioneer games, quilt show, parade and look-alike contests. There were several improvements – such as the 1,001 pieces of children’s artwork adorning the windows in businesses along Lincoln Boulevard. The contest is always fun – but this year the students and their teachers outdid themselves.

    My favorite? Lincoln as a superhero.

  • In reference to your article, “Red Hill loses $38,000” in the Sept. 10 issue:

    How much did the cemetery fund pay the treasurer/bookkeeper before the City took over and what was paid to the treasurer/bookkeeper after?

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    Hodgenville City Council disbanded the Red Hill Cemetery Commission in March 2008, and assumed the duties of the Commission. Former secretary James LaRue Jr., who passed away in August, was earning $200 per month at the time the original group disbanded.

  • Professional football is my favorite sport. I play fantasy football religiously with friends in California and keep up with league news in an up-to-the-minute fashion. My Sundays (and Thursday and Monday nights) are consumed by football. Often, I watch two games at once, one on my TV and one on my laptop.

    I say all that to impress upon you how much I care about the NFL. During the six months that the NFL is playing, I am always up to date with it. So the recent debacle about domestic violence in the league is something I’ve been very invested in.

  • When a person follows the truth of Christ, there will always be someone to oppose him.

    Why is this? Because the devil was kicked out of Heaven, he is still mad about it and trying to get even. If you follow Christ, some time or somewhere, you will face opposition.

  • The deadline to register to vote in the upcoming November 4 General Election is Monday, Oct. 6.

    County clerks’ offices throughout Kentucky will accept voter registration cards until the close of business on that date. Mail-in voter registration applications must be postmarked by Oct. 6.

  • As someone who uses a real camera on a near-daily basis, let me just say that I do not disapprove of people who use their phones to take pictures. In fact, I’m often impressed by their work when I see it on Instagram or Facebook.

    People have come up with some pretty clever ways of taking pictures with their phones. I’ve decided to start calling it ‘phone-otography’ in hopes that it catches on and I can finally be trendy.

  • Fishing is relaxing.

    That’s what they tell you when you don’t fish. It isn’t until you get out on the water with someone that you realize just how distinctly not relaxing it really is.

    When my friend offered to take me fishing at his family’s farm over the weekend, I thought, “Oh, this’ll be fun.” I was right, but not for the reasons I’d expected.

  • Swimming against a strong current is an apt comparison for the plight of most workers today.

    A recent study by the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy illustrates just how hard it has become not only for the unemployed, but even for those who get up every day and go to work.

    “The State of Working Kentucky 2014” reported that between 2001 and 2013, Kentucky workers’ median wages fell 8 percent after adjusting for inflation.

    And those are the workers who still have jobs.

  • Joel Ray Sprowls is celebrating 60 years of entertaining audiences with his Lincoln Jamboree. Six decades of success in any business is truly something to be proud of, but in entertainment it’s almost unheard of, with rare exceptions like the legendary George Burns, or Bob Hope.

    Joel Ray is LaRue county’s own legendary performer, and Master of Ceremonies.