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Opinion

  • I have been reading with great interest not only the newspaper’s coverage of the Laptop Initiative, but the comments also. It has gotten me to wondering a few things: Where will the money come from to pay for maintaining and fixing the laptops as they break or get loaded down with viruses? What about the students who do not have Internet access at home? What good will a laptop do them going home?

  • You know spring is right around the corner when March flowers and crocuses start poking through the ground and Bootsie Satan has killed his first bluebird.

    That dratted cat that my husband Bud hates and I tolerate did it again – picked out the brightest bird he could find and wasted it.

    He didn’t bother to eat it. Just left it in the yard as an offering for me to fret about. He is too arrogant to pick up on my displeasure.

    He was neutered and de-clawed several years ago and counseled on several occasions.

    I’ve even bargained with him.

  • I am the parent of an eighth-grade student at LaRue County Middle School. My son insisted that we attend Monday’s school board meeting because he was thrilled at the prospect of the passing of the Laptops of LaRue Initiative.

    Never before has he seemed so excited about the opportunity to learn. This is a great plan to loan each and every student at LaRue County High School a laptop that they can use at school and at home, keeping their lessons – and their teachers – at their fingertips.

  • As a LaRue County High School Site-Based Decision-Making Council parent member, I am troubled and saddened by the Laptops of LaRue dissension speech given by board member Norbert Skees during the Board meeting March 15. I must say the “Nay” vote was expected, but the justification for his vote would have been better left unsaid.

  • It was brought to my attention that I made an error in my article last week in regards to the citizens of the City of Hodgenville. I am very sorry to have misled anyone and hope this article will clear up this issue.

  • Newspaper in Education Week is observed annually during the first full school week in March. This year’s celebration is March 1-5. LaRue County schools taking part in this year’s Newspaper in Education (NIE) program are LaRue County High, LaRue County Middle, Hodgenville Elementary, Abraham Lincoln Elementary and LaRue Baptist.

  • Every few years, a new generation discovers vampires, adds a few twists to the old legends and falls in love with the undead all over again.

    When I was a kid, watching “Fright Night” movies on Saturday nights, Bela Lugosi was the vampire to fear. The black and white film “Dracula” was based on the 1897 novel by Bram Stoker.

    Who can forget that cheesy accent when the Count says, “Listen to them. Children of the night. What music they make.”

    Or “I never drink ... wine.”

  • “Why” is just a three-letter word. 

    When used in a question though it is one very big word – whether coming from a youngster or a moral theologian, with all of us along the spectrum in between them.

    Some more or less profound and random “Why” questions include:

    •Why do I pay more attention to troublemakers than people steadily doing good things?

  • Does The Life Connection have any obligation to inform its neighbors when a resident leaves the property?

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    Every now and then, I have difficulty finding the answer to a Just Ask question.

    This was one of the times.

    The Life Connection in Sonora is a residential treatment institution for young men with special needs. It has a capacity for 50 children. I was able to learn that much from the Internet.

  • The American Red Cross and its volunteers work every day to help save lives or rebuild lives that have been shattered by disaster – whether it is down the street, across the country, or around the world.

    March is Red Cross Month, and we want to thank those supporters whose generosity helps us continue our service to those who need us, every day.

  • Every four years, just prior to the mayor’s election, the Depart­ment of Local Govern­ment requires the setting council to establish the salary of the mayor for the next four-year term. This past term has been difficult, to say the least, considering the recession our country is going through.

  • Have you ever heard of Fat Man and Little Boy?

    They were the names of two atomic bombs. The A bomb was created by the American military and dropped on two Japanese cities. Its effects shocked the world.

    Robert Oppenheimer led the creation of the atomic bomb in 1942 under the Manhattan Project. It was created and tested in 1945, 230 miles south of Los Alamos in the New Mexico Desert.

    Three weeks after its creation, two atom bombs were used on Japan.

  • The LaRue County Chamber of Commerce stepped forward Monday with public support of LaRue County Schools’ proposed laptop initiative. The school system has set aside $1 million to provide computers for high school students.

    The laptops will be on loan and will incur a rental fee similar to the textbook fee. But it is a small price to pay for providing what amounts to 21st century paper and pencils for students. Expensive paper and pencils at that – laptops cost about $700 each – but just as necessary to education.

  • While covering the LaRue County School Board meetings over the last several months, I kept hearing about this “laptop initiative” where high school students will be given laptop computers to use during class and to take home with them.

    Then at last week’s board meeting, I sat through the full presentation of the initiative, heard comments from students, parents, teachers and community members, and finally got to see the full impact this program could make on the students and our community.

  • A lot of people may not know about the Berlin Wall and how it has impacted so many people.

    The Berlin Wall was built to separate East and West Berlin. Life was better in West Berlin. The East Berliners were migrating to West Berlin because of the freedoms that were there. The Soviet Government built the wall so that East Berliners couldn’t go into West Berlin. Still, more than 2.6 million people escaped East Berlin to go to West Berlin.

  • Wednesday was the last dual of the season for the LaRue County wrestling team. They earned an easy win, crushing Oldham County, 58-7.

    But this night, it wasn’t about the team, but about the coach. Heading into the evening, head coach Gary Canter had 399 wins. One more would give him a milestone that very few in the country, let alone the state ever reach – 400 career wins.

  • When the casket of Lance Cpl. Matthias Hanson made its way through his hometown, hundreds of people were waiting to honor him.

    His friends and neighbors, veterans and complete strangers wanted to pay their respects to a young marine who had made the ultimate sacrifice. He was hit by enemy fire in Afghanistan Feb. 21 and died before he could be airlifted to a military medical facility.

    The 20-year-old died while fulfilling a lifelong dream – that of serving his country.

  • At this point I have been involved in helping promote active citizenship for 33 years. I place great value on our United States representative democracy and the responsibility of each of us to keep this gift strong.

  • Thank you to the 13 individuals who braved the weather to donate blood Feb. 9 at the Hodgenville Woman’s Club. The snow caused some problems and early closure.

    Many thanks to the volunteers who worked – Cecil Druen, Opal Dail and Diane Rock.

    The community blood drive returns April 13.

    Faye Puyear

    Volunteer Coordinator

  • After receiving dozens of calls and complaints from Kentuckians, Attorney General Jack Conway has asked Topix.com, an interactive message board Web site host, to provide information regarding its policies dealing with abusive posts that violate the Web site’s terms of service. The Office of Consumer Protection has received calls and complaints from concerned citizens who allege that false and defamatory information about children, as well as adults, has been posted on Topix.