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Opinion

  • Not untypically, many of us in these United States believe we have the best country there is – that it has both the best political and economic systems. While not exactly utopia or Camelot of King Arthur fame, we believe it is the best humanity has yet devised.

    While I am not a professional historian, I do know that there are many major wonderful (and not so wonderful) world powers that have come and gone over decades, centuries and millennia. One of the tasks in studying history seems to be to get acquainted with these powers and what happened as they evolved.

  • Main Street relies on help from our friends such as the Lincoln Museum, Chamber of Commerce, City of Hodgenville, board members and directors.

    The value of a volunteer group such as the Genealogy Society is easy to show in matching hours contributed toward the Historic District expansion project. The value of volunteers is hard to assess and impossible to overstate. The recent luncheon is a case in point. The Community Room cost ($100) was donated (a frequent happening for us) by the Lincoln Museum. 

  • As a lifelong journalist, I love a good story. Here’s one for you.

    A 16-year-old rides a 100-cc trail bike to a town near his home to apply for his first job. He’s only one semester removed from a high school typing class that may be his only qualification for the position.

    He gets the part-time job, makes the most of it and begins a career. Through a lot of effort and long hours, he comes across opportunities that eventually take him far away from home. But life knocks him around and sends him back.

  • Kentuckians with iPhones will find it easier than ever to remain connected to the Kentucky State Capitol.

    The Legislative Research Commission has unveiled an iPhone-friendly way for people to have ready access to information about lawmakers, legislation moving through the General Assembly and legislative news. With one touch on their home screen, iPhone users can pull up key features of the Kentucky Legislature Home Page that have been formatted specifically for their phones.

  • Every now and then I read something in the newspapers that simply takes my breath away. This time it’s the recent story about the Buffalo School Apartments project.

    I think I got it.

    AU Associates gets the property declared a historic place. This qualifies them to get federal and state money to renovate it. They get $2.8 million. Can I assume that is tax money? I think so, money we paid in state and federal taxes.

    “We’ve really been praying for this for some time,” said (Johan) Graham.

  • Every now and then a government body has the opportunity to truly “fix things.” A second chance to do things right.

  • My first acquaintance with pyramids was in history and geography classes – where I learned that pyramids were monuments to important people in the Middle East who died a very long time ago.

    Then pyramids showed up in math classes.  

  • We would like to thank everyone who supported our recent Perkins Brothers Concert with Elvis and Meatloaf.com at The Historic State Theater in Elizabethtown.

    When the weather turned bad, the snow piled up and the temperatures dropped to single digits we expected a big drop in attendance. We were very pleasantly surprised to see hundreds of you in those new seats. You certainly showed your support for the State Theater and we thank you for it.

  • Topping the movie box office recently is the incredible true story of Michael Oher, a first round pick in last year’s National Football League draft who faced a future without hope as a homeless teenager with few people in his life who seemed to care.

    “The Blind Side” is not a story about football, or even homelessness, but about the hope that one family can provide to a lonely young person.

  • Someone asked me recently why we publish details and photos from fatal crashes, fires and other tragedies.

    That’s certainly a fair question. It’s also one that I’m sure has been debated in newsrooms around the world. For that reason, I believe such a question deserves what I hope is a thoughtful and considerate answer.

  • Aren’t you happy to be living and see the beginning of a new year? What expectations we have of ourselves ...

  • When I first heard about the proposed laptop initiative for LaRue County students, I had a knee-jerk reaction. What? Purchase computers for students? Don’t they already have them at school?

    I was raised by parents who grew up during the Great Depression. They didn’t expect to receive extras.

    That’s why my first thought was that taxpayer money should not go toward providing computers to individual students. After all, nobody ever bought me a computer, much less a pencil, and I turned out OK – well, mostly.

    But I’ve changed my mind.

  • With the beginning of another new year, new opportunities arise to better ourselves, to help others and to improve our own particular situations. In addition to the usual list of resolutions – lose weight, start new hobbies, give more time to family and friends – consider adding the following in order to help gain more freedom and independence for yourself in the new year.

    During this New Year, I will:

  • Bobby Morrison’s Santa Claus program wants to thank everyone for their donations and volunteering their time to make this 43rd year a very special one. The caring people of this community have helped to make this program a great success.

    Ann (Snookie) Morrison

    and Santa’s Helpers

     

  • Bobby Morrison’s Santa Claus program wants to thank everyone for their donations and volunteering their time to make this 43rd year a very special one. The caring people of this community have helped to make this program a great success.

    Ann (Snookie) Morrison

    and Santa’s Helpers

     

  • Christmas Blessings committee would like to say thank you to all those who helped make Christmas special for 217 families (546 children) in LaRue county this Christmas.

  • I was at my grandmother’s recently for my weekly visit when something strange happened. We were talking about how silly one of my dogs was acting, and I noticed Mamaw was having trouble saying the dog’s name. It’s Bree — not very difficult — so I knew something was wrong. I looked up at Mamaw and saw that the right side of her face was drooping. Her mouth formed a half frown and didn’t move on that side when she tried to speak.

  • The Future Educators club at LaRue County High School collected 1,382 cans of food for the 1st annual Future Educators food drive.

    Room totals for fifth period classes: Bivens, 625; Hanson, 274; DiStefano, 162; Price, 147; Gentry, 58; Hutchins, 40; Hanna, 21; Canter, 18; Bowen, 11; Cecil, 10; Garcia, nine; Williamson, eight; Mather and Smith, five each.

    The club sponsored a clothing drive with a great turnout as well.

    Thanks to all the staff and students who brought food items and clothing in for this first ever project by our organization.

    Jamie Hardin

  • On behalf of the SpringHaven Domestic Violence Shelter Board of Directors, I would like to thank the community for their support during our recent eighth annual fundraising event, A Night of Wonder and Wishes with The Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra.

  • Thank you to the 34 individuals who volunteered to donate blood Tuesday at the Hodgenville Woman’s Club. Many thanks to the volunteers who worked: Cecil Druen, Diane Rock and Rob Brown. I am so sorry for the delays and any inconvenience it may have caused. The blood drive will return Feb. 9.

    Faye Puyear