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Opinion

  • My wife and I have four grown children and fourteen grandchildren, yes fourteen, ranging from a sophomore in college to 4 months. All our grandkids are tech enabled, but perhaps much differently so than you and I, or their parents were.

    For the grandkids, technology is just a part of life. Texting or Snapchatting a friend is little different than my generation picking up a phone and calling someone, or listening to an AM/FM radio. Oh, how our parents thought we were on the road to ruin.

  • As the school year has ended and nicer weather is here, it is time to get your children outside to play.  There are many advantages for children engaging in outside play, including reducing their screen time. All winter they have spent their free time connected to a screen —TVs, smartphones, video games, notebooks, etc. This is a habit that may have long term results. 

  • While Memorial Day weekend is a wonderful time for gathering with family and friends for picnics, pool parties, and parades, I write to you with the annual reminder not to forget the true meaning of the event. Memorial Day is a time to remember the brave men and women who have put everything on the line so we may live in freedom in the greatest nation in the world.

  • As many of you have already heard, Hodgenville Fire Chief Wally Sparks passed away on Wednesday, May 17 and his funeral was on Monday, May 22.

    A lot of people have shared their memories of Wally on social media sites. When someone has served in a community for almost three decades, a lot of memories have no doubt been made by many people.

    I came to know Wally really well after I started working at The LaRue County Herald News in June 2015. Actually, he was the first person I talked to on the first day of my job.

  • Dear Editor,

    I am writing to report the success of the second annual tractor pull, Pulling for Ronnie and Mike, that took place on April 8 at LaRue County fairgrounds. With the hard work and dedication from the pull promotors, as well as several volunteers, the pull was a great success!

  • We feel more energized by the longer days and warmer temperatures of spring. UK Eldercare reminds us now may be a good time to consider a spring cleaning with your loved one in their home.

    It may provide valuable insight into how your loved one is managing as they age. It also provides a chance to improve the safety of your loved one’s home; increase the ease of their living condition by reorganizing and replacing worn out items; and evaluate the quality of your loved one’s life and assess if additional help may be needed.

  • Stevie Wonder sings about being Superstitious. It’s a great song with an awesome beat and rhythm that keeps you working at a quick steady pace. The song, and cleaning make me think about Superstitions.

    I’m not superstitious, I’m really not; however I find myself doing these peculiar things that really superstitious people do.

    “They aren’t calling for rain this weekend… KNOCK ON WOOD” or when someone says the same exact thing I say at the same time I find myself, at least thinking, “JINX!”

  • For those of you who actively use your browser thinking that you are secure because you use anonymous sites or anonymous browsing, where your history is erased when you exit, be ready for the new world.

    Last November 2016, it was disclosed that the FBI operated a child porn site using what is called an anonymous Tor (think dark web, untraceable – used to be) network called Playpen for almost two weeks in 2015.

  • Back in September 2015, I wrote an article “Virtual Machines – The Trend of the Future.” This article holds as true today as it did then, but some things have changed.

  • I am now a married man.

    I married the love of my life, Danielle Sexton, on April 22. Despite the rain, the wedding was everything that we both dreamed of it being.

    We decided to do a common ritual that couples often do before they say “I do.” We didn’t see or talk to each other on our wedding day before the ceremony, but we wrote each other a letter. We had decided to write it in a way to where our children could read it years later and know what their parents were thinking before they said their vows.

  • Saturday was absolutely beautiful. Had it not been for the thick layer of pollen on everything, it would have been pretty close to perfect. After a quick shopping trip, I stopped at the playground to let the boys run around.

  • Last week, it was an honor to be invited and to attend the Campbellsville University media appreciation luncheon.

    Print and broadcast media from around the state were in attendance for the event that took on a global traveling theme around the adventures of the guest speaker, Pulitzer Prize winning photographer Bill Luster. I sat in awe listening to him recant his journeys and seeing the images that could move mountains, and I found myself wondering just how I got here and what difference am I making in this world.

  • Have you ever had a bitter taste in your mouth? Like when you are a kid and say a dirty word or sass your mom. The punishment was often getting soap in your mouth. That taste, you try everything you can think of to get it out of your mouth. It lingers on your tongue for a while; eventually it wears off but the memory of that awful taste remains.

    It’s too bad we don’t get a vile taste in our mouths when we spew poisonous babble, like gossip. It could save a lot of people from unnecessary hurt and heartache.

  • If you have not already, you will begin hearing your voice and data provider telling you that 5G is on the way. Oh my, 5G! Is that a good thing and what will it cost me?

  • Long nights, intense debate, and media attention from across the globe wrapped up what started as a quiet final week of the 2017 Session of the Kentucky General Assembly.

    Minutes before the Senate gaveled out for good, Governor Matt Bevin called this session the most productive in history.  It was truly an honor to work alongside the governor with the new House Majority to pass many great initiatives for our commonwealth.

  • Since this is the period of the Legislative Session when the Governor has his veto days and the Senate does not meet, I wanted to discuss the issue of making health care more accessible and more affordable for all Kentuckians. As the former CEO of a rural hospital, improving health care was a major factor that drove my decision to run for public office.

  • Many people have an annual spring cleaning routine which includes washing windows, cabinets and woodwork.  This year take time to also “clean-up” your financial records. 

    Sort through your financial paperwork, and identify old statements which can be shredded or thrown away. Remember, it is always a good idea to shred any paperwork that contains personal information, especially bank account, credit card or other financial information.

  • After a successful Winter Gala everyone wants to know what happens next? What’s the next big thing? We have had more than one person ask these questions.

    We are in full swing at the Chamber and we are attempting to visit our current members while also visiting potential members. If we haven’t visited you, don’t worry we will get by to see you very soon.

  • More times than not, people assume community is simply a group of individuals in the same area. Community is so much more than just that. It is a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals.

    It is important for a community of people to help each other because when you help someone, later on in life they will remember it when they see someone who needs help and hopefully return the favor.

  • A few weeks ago, I talked about extending the life of your computer hardware. This week I thought I would give you a few free software applications to make you more productive and happier individuals.

    I wrote about the need to clean out files you no longer need. Many will not do this because it just takes too long. Along comes PC Decrapifier.

    The PC Decrapifier is a program designed to suggest and remove unwanted software. One excellent use is to clean off most of the annoying software, generally referred to as bloatware, that is typically shipped with new PCs.