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Opinion

  • Recently, I began what seemed like a normal Thursday, that is, until I arrived at work.

  • Every year about this time, great debates arise about keeping “Christ in Christmas” and whether it is proper for stores to use “Merry X-mas” or the more generic “Seasons Greetings” in advertising or for clerks to greet customers with “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas.”

    I think we should be grateful for clerks who are polite enough to offer any greeting, much less pick apart how they say it. Friendly clerks are a blessing.

  • Christmas traditions vary from household to household.

    Growing up, Santa delivered his gifts directly to our bedroom ... and he never wrapped.

    When my sisters and I would leap out of bed in the dead of night, it was like a toy store exploded in our bedrooms.

    My parents worked long hours, maintained a Christmas Club account and sacrificed year round for the joy that the holiday brings.

    Of course as kids, we had little appreciation of their efforts. We were consumed by our greed.

  • Thanksgiving was celebrated early in LaRue County.

    Exactly one week before the annual holiday feast, a couple hundred or more gathered to give thanks for a new opportunity that will enhance Hodgenville’s quality of life.

    Campbellsville University dedicated its new Hodgenville campus. Renovation of the former USDA Service Center means much more than putting an idle building into productive service. The six classrooms will change lives.

  • I usually don’t comment on a lot of things and I enjoy the The LaRue County Herald News. But the article on Mr. (Mac) Trumbo was a bit unfair.

    Maybe we should take another look at Mr. Trumbo, the one most of you know. This is a man that would not think twice about stopping to help someone with car trouble, who would not think anything of it to help someone that didn’t have enough to feed their family, who greets people in the store with a great smile and you know that he actually does care. He is a man that hates to see someone sad and tries to make you smile.

  • After years of struggling with emphysema and 18 days in the intensive care unit, my cousin recently died.

    David was 48 — three years and three months younger than me.

    When family members die out of order, it often can be unsettling. It’s heartbreaking to watch his wife and daughter confront their pain and devastating to experience the grief of his father and my other aunts, uncles, cousins and sisters.

    Through the experience, my memories of our shared childhood experiences returned to one isolated conflict.

  • The title? That’s a quote from one of my favorite short stories – “Mrs. Todd’s Shortcut” by Stephen King.

    Re-reading that story, combined with something I saw at the side of the road brought back a few memories.

    It was a pair of tire tracks in the ditch beside the intersection of Old E’town Road and Phillips Lane. Someone did some fancy driving to avoid rear-ending another vehicle.

    And that reminded me of my dad.

  • I would like to thank Brother Andrew Singh, president of the LaRue County Ministerial Association, for the invitation to attend the Thanksgiving service at First Baptist Church. It was a wonderful service. I would especially like to thank all the people who brought canned goods to contribute to our Shepherd’s Pie Food Pantry. That was a great idea and that gift will help make it possible for our church to continue serving families in our community.

  • With the winter months upon us, many people will be confronted with difficult choices such as paying for food and paying for utilities or heating fuel. More than 49 million Americans are food insecure; meaning they lack consistent access to enough food at some point during the year.

    Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland, a member of Feeding America, has been serving Central Kentucky for 27 years, helping 63,000 people every year.

  • On behalf of the Kelly Dean Sanders Memorial Fund, sincere thanks to all who assisted to make the Kelly Dean Sanders Memorial Fund annual dinner a success. 

  • I’m sure everyone is aware that some people want to remove God from our lives. They want to remove “under God,” from the pledge, remove the Ten Commandments, have no prayer in school and the list goes on.

    Why are we letting these people take away what this nation was founded under? We put contact information in the paper regularly so you can write to the politicians and tell them what you think. If these politicians that we elected don’t work for “we the people” then “we the people” need to remove them.

  • As citizens of this great democracy, we have the right to openly express our political viewpoints and to freely share our ideological differences. When we exercise these rights in a thoughtful and respectful manner, we have the potential to foster greater good. Yet when we refuse to listen to opposing perspectives or when we treat each other with blatant disrespect, ill-will and mistrust are often the result.

  • I’ve just returned to work after taking a few weeks vacation. I needed some quiet time as the date Nov. 2 loomed. This was the one-year anniversary of the death of my 22-year-old son and if I could have crawled in a cave somewhere and avoided any pain associated with that date, that would have been fine with me.

    But that isn’t the way it works.

    If you try to hide from it, it waits for a chance to jump out and knock you down when you’re not expecting it.

  • Adoption awareness

    November is Adoption Awareness month. For over 20 years those involved with adoption have set this time aside to only honor those who have opened their hearts and homes to become “Forever Families” and to remind us that there are, at any given day, over a half million children across the United States in foster care and a high number of those children will not be able to return home. When that happens, these children become available for adoption.

  • I may be dating myself in age, but some of the earliest memories I have of Presidents and First Families were the Fords and Carters. It seems of the two, I especially recall President Jimmy Carter, his wife Rosalynn, and daughter Amy. I remember watching them on television, hearing his speeches and watching them as a family. Even back then President Carter and the First Lady seemed very genuine and humble.

  • On behalf of Disabled American Veterans Chapter 003 Elizabethtown, I extend my warmest thanks to the area businesses that allowed us to conduct our annual Forget-Me-Not fundraising drive at their businesses. Without the cooperation of the Elizabethtown and Radcliff Wal-Mart, Dolphin Drive Kroger, and the Ft. Knox Commissary, the DAV would not be able to help our local veterans and their families in their times of need.

  • Sincerity and enthusiasm are an irresistible combination.

    Standing in the entry lobby at the Lincoln Museum on Friday, a series of speakers celebrated the selection one week earlier of U.S. 31E and U.S. 150 from Hodgenville to Danville as a National Scenic Byway.

    The designation reaffirms our local heritage, including the connection to Abraham Lincoln. In fact, the selected section of roadway will be known as the Lincoln Heritage Highway.

  • I called the health department to get swine flu shots for me and my husband. I am 68 and have COPD, asthma and diabetes. My husband is 78 and has COPD, a leaky heart valve and is on oxygen.

    They informed me we could not have a shot if we are over 65, even though I explained we are high risk.

    If you are an illegal alien, you can have the swine flu shots. I do believe my tax dollars are paying for these shots. I guess our government is hoping to get rid of all the older people in this country and take care of all of the people from other countries whether illegal or not.

  • Veterans Day was originally called Armistice Day and was originally set as a U.S. legal holiday to honor the end of World War I. In 1954, the name Armistice was replaced with the word Veterans. Over the years politicians argued as to when it should be held until finally in 1968, President Gerald R. Ford singed a law to return the annual observance of Veterans Day to the original date of Nov. 11 beginning in 1978.

    If you have never had any military ties, it’s probably hard for you to understand the importance of honoring these men and women.

  • Veterans Day was originally called Armistice Day and was originally set as a U.S. legal holiday to honor the end of World War I. In 1954, the name Armistice was replaced with the word Veterans. Over the years politicians argued as to when it should be held until finally in 1968, President Gerald R. Ford singed a law to return the annual observance of Veterans Day to the original date of Nov. 11 beginning in 1978.

    If you have never had any military ties, it’s probably hard for you to understand the importance of honoring these men and women.