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Opinion

  • 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.

  • There are some people, perhaps those too much into science fiction who believe that everyone has an exact double somewhere in the world. I think I may have found mine in far-off Hardin County.

    A few years ago, I went in a barber shop in Elizabethtown. The lone barber invited me to a chair and asked, “Will that be the usual?”

    I explained that I’d never been in before and the barber answered, “I’m sorry, I thought you were a teacher from over at Central. You look just like him.” Mistaken identity, no big deal.

  • We would like to thank Family Resource and all the staff at Hodgenville Elementary School and the bus drivers for making the back-to-school bash such a great success.

    LeAnn Greenwell

  • Thank you to the 34 individuals who volunteered to donate blood at the Hodgenville Woman’s Club. Many thanks to the volunteers who worked: Cecil Druen, Jean Hornback, Elaine Cooper, Phyllis Blakeman and Rob Brown. Also thanks to Geneva’s Florist for their support of the blood drive. The community blood drive will return Oct. 13.

    Faye Puyear

  • In Kentucky, it’s presumed that government documents are open unless there’s a good reason to keep them secret.

    Until July 1, people in South Dakota had to prove documents were open as they sought information. A new law shifts the burden to government to show why it has the right to withhold information.

    Officials think it will have a “long-term positive impact on government,” according to a news account. It’s a long overdue development.

  • We want to give special thanks to president Ann Morrison and advisor Bobby Morrison and all the board members and staff for another year for senior’s day at the fair.

  • Never be afraid to get involved and do what’s right.

  • Cats and dogs, those familiar creatures near and dear to us, wholly different and cursed by nature to be sworn enemies of each other. We folk who share our lives with these two critters know that they can live side by side and can even pull together toward the same goal.

    They’re able to do this by having two common ties. One is we human beings. No matter how we think of ourselves in our relationship with cats and dogs, whether it is owner, roommate, buddy or parent, we are one common thread shared in their lives.

  • I just wanted to thank all the businesses in Bardstown, Elizabethtown and Hardin County, all my family, friends and neighbors for helping support me on my trip to Australia for the track and field competition. I had a blast and it wouldn’t have happened without them.

     Truman Padgett

  • Discussing a crowded Saturday schedule of shopping, playgrounds and pool time, my 4-year-old grandson asked, “Are you trying to wear me out?”

    After a week-long visit, Grant was on to me. At age 4, a boundless supply of energy exists and he knows it.

    “Cause I don’t wear out,” he continued. “I just be awake and be awake.”

    Just before midnight that evening when a weary grandfather tried to corral him into bed, the boy started sprinting back and forth across the room.

  • The LaRue County 9-Year-Old All-Star team would like to thank the many fans who supported them during the Cal Ripken 10th District Tournament held at LaRue County Parks and Recreation and the Cal Ripken West Kentucky State Tournament held in Elizabethtown.

    Community support for these players was tremendous. Fans filled the stands at every game and the many phone calls asking how the team was doing was incredible.

  • It seems you can’t pick up the newspaper or turn on the television these days without reading or hearing about climate change legislation. The concern is focused on the American Clean Energy and Security Act that proposes a government plan called “cap-and-trade.” Congress says they want to pass legislation that will make a change in the energy industry by reducing carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions from our atmosphere. I have no objections with passing clean-air legislation that is affordable to all Americans.

  • It seems you can’t pick up the newspaper or turn on the television these days without reading or hearing about climate change legislation. The concern is focused on the American Clean Energy and Security Act that proposes a government plan called “cap-and-trade.” Congress says they want to pass legislation that will make a change in the energy industry by reducing carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions from our atmosphere. I have no objections with passing clean-air legislation that is affordable to all Americans.

  • It seems you can’t pick up the newspaper or turn on the television these days without reading or hearing about climate change legislation. The concern is focused on the American Clean Energy and Security Act that proposes a government plan called “cap-and-trade.” Congress says they want to pass legislation that will make a change in the energy industry by reducing carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions from our atmosphere. I have no objections with passing clean-air legislation that is affordable to all Americans.

  • On behalf of the LaRue County Genealogical Society, I would like to thank everyone who took part in the grand opening of our new LaRue County Genealogical Society Library.

    Thanks to the City of Hodgenville, we now have a place to both house and share the many books that for years have been stored in basements, closets and car trunks. Census records, marriage and death records and many other books and records of the history of LaRue and surrounding counties now are available to anyone who would like to come in and do research.

  • The LaRue County Herald News Newspaper in Education Block Sale was July 24. We want to thank everyone who called in donations and received a great bargain in return. With your help, we are teaching children to improve their learning skills to battle the local literacy challenge.

  • Can you imagine your daily life having no one to talk with or not being able to get about and do things? This, somewhat, describes those living in a nursing home. This may explain why some just sit in a wheelchair, head down, looking so alone. Or, perhaps, spend their days asleep in their beds.

    There may be entertainment and events going on, but they feel lonely for a one on one contact. Someone to talk with about their early years or to spend some time reading to them. This is where the Sunrise Manor Volunteers come in.

  • All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.”

    – Edgar Allen Poe

     

    Researchers say we dream four to six times per night.

    Some people, like my husband, Bud, either claim to never dream or not to remember the ones they have. Those same researchers think we forget about 99 percent of what goes on in our brain while we sleep.

    But every now and then we have a dream that is so vivid it sticks with us and causes us to puzzle over its origin and possible meaning for months – even years – to come.