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Opinion

  • The 2009 Lincoln Days Parade was easily the largest since I have been working on the parade and perhaps the largest in Lincoln Days’ history, with an almost 50 percent increase in participation. With such growth, I was anxious that the volunteers might be overwhelmed. Instead, this parade was the best I have experienced as a worker anywhere.

  • When President Obama recently mentioned that one big insurer controlled 96 percent of the market in just one state, a collective (and very loud) gulp went down the throats of insurance industry executives. You see, this domination of the small group market, where small businesses are forced to buy insurance, drives costs up at an unsustainable rate.

  • The basket committee of the Hodgenville Woman’s Club thank all club members who contributed and worked for the Club’s Lincoln Day project “Basket Full of LaRue County.”

    Thank you to the businesses and individuals listed for the donations to the basket and their continued support of Hodgenville Woman’s Club: Lincoln Days, James Ard, The LaRue County Herald News, Lincoln National Bank, LaRue County Extension Service, Lincoln Loft Books, Bault Oil Company, LaHa’s Red Castle and The Lincoln Museum.

  • The theme of Lincoln Days 2009 was “Lincoln, The Man.” But it may be remembered as “The Year of the Strollers.”

    Wherever you turned, you saw young mothers and fathers or grandparents maneuvering strollers through the crowd.

    Others carried toddlers on their shoulders or held the hands of older children as they lined the street for the parade.

  • When I was a young student I wrote a significant paper that dealt with human response to change. I no longer have the paper on hand, but I remember its bottom line and have tried to heed its wisdom over the decades.

    That bottom line: most people generally resist change (granted that some among us seem to thrive on it).

    Given that many of us like change in moderation as we live through a period of history heavy with changes, stress is evident in many sectors of society.

  • If there are still any BRAC doubters out there, you should have seen the turn out for the Fort Knox Job Information Sessions at the Urban League Economic Empowerment Tour and Career Fair in Louisville earlier this month. We had hundreds of folks show up to learn more about the employment opportunities coming to the installation. Believe me, most were plenty interested in finding out how to qualify and apply for these future positions. 

  • A recent story about Winnie Read and her 45-year service to LaRue County’s 4-H program caught the attention of Anna Mae McCubbin.

    While she has lived 52 years in her Elizabethtown home, Mrs. McCubbin takes The LaRue County Herald News to keep up with events in and around the area where she was raised.

    She asked for a couple extra copies of the Sept. 9 edition to share with far away friends.

  • My daughter Amanda is growing tomatoes in a small backyard in Lexington. She is having some luck – but I told her she needs fertilizer. I promised to bring her a bucket of chicken poop for side dressing the next time we visit.

    I’m not sure how that will go over with the neighbors in her subdivision. On the other hand, what they don’t know won’t hurt them.

    My granddaughter Claire, who is not yet 2, is enthralled with the cherry tomatoes – they are “hers,” she says. She eats them right off the vine.

  • My husband Bud can’t distinguish black from navy.

    Every Sunday morning before church, he asks me whether his suit jacket matches his pants. Since my eyes are nearly as bad as his, I have him take the ensemble to the sun porch where the light is better.

    I’ll spend several minutes trying to figure out whether the navy is actually dark blue or a faded black. And if both the pants and the jacket are navy, are they the same navy?

    Finally, Sunday, I gave up and shared one of my grandmother Vada’s tidbits of wisdom with him.

  • It has been my pleasure to serve as Lincoln Days president for these last two years.

    It is always a big job, but working with a good board makes it fun. The officers are Jeff Hughes, vice president; Rob Barnhill, treasurer; and Carolyn Mather, secretary.  Members at large are Jimmy Curle, Philip Setters and Hollie Sexton.  We are all dedicated to making our festival better each year.

  • Just what is a Christian nation? A long list of past American leaders admonish us not to abandon the Good Book – a warning I believe Christians, including me, should take seriously. But when we claim to be a Christian nation, I begin to wonder if we’re not engaged in a bit of selective reading of the sacred scriptures. 

  • Someone recently sent me an e-mail about the Washington Monument. It said that one detail that is never mentioned is that in Washington, D.C.; there can never be a building of greater height than the Washington Monument. With all the crazies wanting to remove “In God We Trust” it’s interesting to note that the founders of this country didn’t share those views. Atop the Washington monument are the two Latin words Laus Deo. These words are a mere 5.125 inches high atop the 555 feet high monument.

  • This weekend, Oct. 3-4, LaRue County once again has an opportunity to showcase our community and hopefully the streets will be full of people, our own, returning guests and visitors. Of vital concern is the safety of each one.

  • Get out of the office and get to know what makes LaRue County click.

    The more we know about our community — and each other — the better we can do our jobs. That applies to newspapers, of course, but also to bankers, educators, insurance sales representatives, utility workers, store clerks and most everyone else.

  • Have you ever wondered “why me?”

    This question is a cry from deep within the suffering human heart most of the time. (Sometimes a grateful heart speaks thus, too.)

    Persons and families, friends and acquaintances who suddenly come upon tragedy struggle with this question. Especially wrenching developments include grave illness or death of precious children and other loved ones, suicides, drastically changed relationships and situations.

  • 4-H celebrates its 100th birthday this year.

    In October, The LaRue County Herald News will publish a special section in honor of our county’s 4-H program.

    Please share photos and stories of your experience in 4-H with our readers.

    Contact editor Linda Ireland at 358-3118 for more information.

     

  • Sunrise Manor Nursing Home has been a big part of my life.

    I spent 10 years there as an employee. Several friends and family members including my grandmothers and father have been residents there.

    I still count many of the employees among my friends although I haven’t worked there in eight years.

    I was pleased to be part of their big day July 22 when the staff, board of directors and contractor held a groundbreaking ceremony for a new nursing home.

  • Each week for 55 years, a few hundred people have arrived each Saturday to enjoy Joel Ray Sprowls’ antics on stage and the talented house band and various entertainers that comprise the Lincoln Jamboree.

    Far fewer share in the behind-the-scenes operations.

  • Sept. 9 was set aside for Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder Awareness. As a mother of children affected by Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Disorder I would like to share some statistics with you about FASD.

  • I take issue with the editorial cartoon published in the Herald News Sept. 9.