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Opinion

  • 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.

  • I asked my granddaughter Autumn if she knew about our latest holiday. She said no and asked what it was called.

    I said it’s Labor Day.

    She asked if that was the day we were all going to have babies. I said no, that’s a different kind of labor.

    There’s another holiday coming up Sunday, but most people are not aware of its existence. It’s called Grandparents Day. Maybe no one notices this holiday because there’s no day off from work involved.

  • I recently returned from a tour of the west-African country of Ghana. I was part of a visiting group connected with the University of Kentucky. We had two administrators from UK, two county extension agents and seven Extension Homemaker members from across the state in our Kentucky group.

  • People around Kentucky and southern Indiana have a warm feeling about Hodgenville and LaRue County.

    If you want proof, spend a four-hour shift at LaRue County’s booth in the Pride of Counties display at the Kentucky State Fair.

    From 5 to 9 p.m. Aug. 21, it was my privilege to stand between cutouts of Joel Ray Sprowls and Abraham Lincoln and distribute promotional material about LaRue County.

  • On July 30, Sandy Kirk Poteet and Debbie Dorsey Jones flew from Louisville to San Jose. I arrived a few hours later from Florida. The cross-country trip to California was a whirlwind. The occasion was to visit our friend Monique Douglass Engleman. What started as a fun, carefree vacation ended up as much more. What we discovered was the gift of friendship. 

  • The American Red Cross, Hardin/LaRue Service Center, held its annual golf scramble July 31 at the Lincoln Trail Country Club in Vine Grove. More than $6,700 was raised to benefit the Red Cross Disaster Services Program. Eighty golfers played in an 18-hole team scramble, with a complimentary lunch, goody bag, door prize for each player and cash prizes. Thanks go to The Cecilian Bank for co-sponsoring and helping with the event.

  • The American Red Cross, Hardin/LaRue Service Center, held its annual golf scramble July 31 at the Lincoln Trail Country Club in Vine Grove. More than $6,700 was raised to benefit the Red Cross Disaster Services Program. Eighty golfers played in an 18-hole team scramble, with a complimentary lunch, goody bag, door prize for each player and cash prizes. Thanks go to The Cecilian Bank for co-sponsoring and helping with the event.

  • The American Red Cross, Hardin/LaRue Service Center, held its annual golf scramble July 31 at the Lincoln Trail Country Club in Vine Grove. More than $6,700 was raised to benefit the Red Cross Disaster Services Program. Eighty golfers played in an 18-hole team scramble, with a complimentary lunch, goody bag, door prize for each player and cash prizes. Thanks go to The Cecilian Bank for co-sponsoring and helping with the event.

  • I am writing to share my recent experience with a store in the area. On Aug. 16 – a very hot day – I stopped by the store to pick up dog food. Upon my entering I was welcomed with a very cool blast of air flowing freely out of the door. I began to question the reasoning in such a wasteful action.

  • Cataracts are the leading cause of blindness in the world. Cataracts affect 20.5 million Americans age 40 and older.

    Fortunately, in the U.S., cataract surgery is safer and simpler than ever with results that cannot only improve your vision but can potentially do so and eliminate your need or dependency on glasses.

    Usually, cataracts develop slowly with little effect on vision. But as the cataract grows, vision becomes blurred, like looking through a cloudy lens or an impressionist painting.

  • Sophomore year - Marion County High School’s Valentine’s Day dance - that’s when it started.

    “It” being my obsession with being tan.

    I remember asking my mom if I could go to the tanning bed so that I could be tan in the little black number I bought for the dance. She hesitantly said yes, but tried to get one of her friends, Mary Lou Marrett, to talk me out of it. Mary Lou warned me of how bad it was for my skin, how it caused premature wrinkles and how it was highly addictive for some people.

  • Lately I’ve been hooked on watching “What Not to Wear” on TLC, hosted by style gurus Stacy London and Clinton Kelly.

    How the show works: Friends and relatives nominate a chronically fashion-challenged friend who’s ambushed by Stacy and Clinton who hand her a Visa card worth $5,000 with her name on it to spend on a new wardrobe in New York City.