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Opinion

  • Could you kindly do me a favor and ask folks that are dropping off and picking up their kids at the old elementary school, that now serves as a daycare, to please slow down. This also includes coming up the hill, but especially out of the parking lot. There have been numerous close calls. There is also a three-way stop sign at the top of the hill, which should mean people need to stop, not touch and go like some fighter pilot.

  • My name is Bethany Blair and I am 7 years old. I attend Hodgenville Elementary.

    I want to ask for your support for Laptops of LaRue. I think LaRue High Schoolers should have laptops because that’s where I learn everything. You can do your homework on Notepad. If you are stuck on a word you can look it up on the dictionary. And they can take it anywhere. They can take it on a family trip.

    They can learn more from it than you can teach. I can look up anything on it. So that is why I think high schoolers of LaRue should have laptops so they can learn more.

  • The LaRue County Relay for Life is May 14 at Hodgenville Elementary School. This is the first of a series of cancer survivor stories to bring awareness to this cause.

    I am fighting cancer. My story is not unique but I wish to share it in the hope that I can make a difference in the life of someone else. I have found during the last four years since I was first diagnosed with cancer that no one is immune to this disease. I have seen people of all ages fighting to beat cancer and be numbered among those who can say they are “cancer survivors.”

  • The Open Up fundraiser at the State Theater raised $210 for the American Red Cross Haiti Relief efforts.

    Thanks to the State Theater for donating the use of the facility, performers and other volunteers including Jeff Everman, Marlene Hall, Donna Auker, Alex Ross, Joe Wise, Jesse Perkins, Heather Miller, Sue Tipton, Bonnie Wheeler, Bob Hunt, Zach Graham, Emaileigh Board, Shania Sharper, Ann-Morgan Conway, Mary Kutter, Jessie Key, Erika Gaines, Kevin Whitlock, Kathy Moore, Josh Brown, Eddie Black, Matt and Joanna Black, Glen Rice, Junell Street and MamaKitty Southwood.

  • In a landmark decision of the Supreme Court of the United States, Justice William Brennan wrote this country has “a profound national commitment to the principle that debate on public issues should be uninhibited, robust, and wide-open, and that it may well include vehement, caustic, and sometimes unpleasantly sharp attacks on government and public officials.”

    Kentucky legislators failed to honor that principle when they voted to allow elected school board members to evaluate the performance of school superintendents in secret.

  • I attended the LaRue County Board of Education meeting last Monday night in hopeful anticipation that the Laptops of LaRue initiative would pass allowing the LaRue County school district, which has made tremendous academic strides in the past several years, to take its biggest step into the 21st century yet.

  • 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.