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Opinion

  • When I was a kid, my dad brought in a new pup. It was a Boston terrier – a tiny black and white monstrosity with a mashed face, bugged eyes – one blue and one brown – and bad attitude.

    He named it Samson and he loved it dearly.

    It was supposed to be my dog but Samson and I had a difference of opinion early in the relationship and I never cared much for him after that.

    Samson was the worst dog that could have landed on a small farm. He refused to stay home, wouldn’t listen and tormented the other animals.

  • Remember when it was exciting to get mail with your name on it. As a child, it was like Christmas morning in the mailbox. But the thrill of seeing your name on an envelope loses its excitement with maturity and the arrival of bills.

    In this period of economic hardship, news of corporate restructuring, downsizing and a general woe-is-us attitude, the U.S. Postal Service has lined up behind the banks and carmakers in approaching Congress for support.

  • Game: A contest governed by set rules, entered into for amusement.

    When I was a kid, which I admit was a long time ago, sports were great. The neighborhood kids would gather in the abandoned field next door and play baseball, football or any other game we could think of. It was innocent and fun. Sports are great for our children. They gain pride, self-esteem, team spirit and they strive for good grades so they can remain on the team. The benefits are tremendous, but, the saying, “You’ve come a long way baby” is painfully true.

  • He’s been called the most listened to man in America. Paul Harvey’s unique delivery, style and story-telling skill set him apart in broadcasting.

    After paying his dues and impressing his bosses and audiences in St. Louis and Chicago, Harvey got a crack at a national audience. For more than 50 years, his news and comments broadcasts entertained and informed America.

  • Being an animal lover, particularly cats, has been full of ups and downs. And not from the cats.

    I’ve been called “Crazy Cat Lady,” “Cat Woman” and even “The Cat Whisperer.” (I secretly like that one). I’ve seen Dr. Berry look at me askance when I answer his questions in my “Buu voice” or make impertinent comments on Buu’s behalf. The thermometer remarks were not too welcome.

  • I met Hubert Wright in 2002. He was sitting in the Hodgenville Service Center, spinning yarns and cracking jokes worthy of the late humorist Jerry Clower.

    When I learned he was a beekeeper, I asked to write a story about him. During that interview at his home in Magnolia, he told me about his heart.

    Hubert had a series of heart attacks in 1986. His cardiac muscle was nearly destroyed. His only chance at survival was for a heart transplant.

  • It is said that Robert Dale Owen, a social reformer and Indiana representative, cornered President Abraham Lincoln in November 1862 and read to him a long manuscript on spiritualism.

    Lincoln is said to have listened patiently and responded: "Well, for those who like that sort of thing, I should think it is just about the sort of thing they would like." (Anthony Gross, Lincoln’s Own Stories, 1902)

  • A few days ago, I spotted 18 utility trucks, some Nolin RECC and others I didn’t recognize, on Lincoln Parkway. I knew where they were headed – to some of the hardest hit areas of LaRue County with the recent ice storm.

    Having not had electricity for 11 days, I know how frustrating it is to flip a switch and the light not come on, turn a faucet and not have hot water or not feel the warmth of a heat pump. I can imagine the frustration of those without power for two weeks or more.

  • A killer once stalked me almost snuffing out my young life.

    The deadly force didn’t lurk around corners, sneaking quick peeks or huddle outside the shrubs in front of my house – watching, waiting.

    This frightening phantom was hiding inside my chest, little by little, growing over many years.

    It was coronary heart disease.

    The dreaded slayer takes more lives than any other disease in the U.S. and it had my number.

  • A killer once stalked me almost snuffing out my young life.

    The deadly force didn’t lurk around corners, sneaking quick peeks or huddle outside the shrubs in front of my house – watching, waiting.

    This frightening phantom was hiding inside my chest, little by little, growing over many years.

    It was coronary heart disease.

    The dreaded slayer takes more lives than any other disease in the U.S. and it had my number.

  • A killer once stalked me almost snuffing out my young life.

    The deadly force didn’t lurk around corners, sneaking quick peeks or huddle outside the shrubs in front of my house – watching, waiting.

    This frightening phantom was hiding inside my chest, little by little, growing over many years.

    It was coronary heart disease.

    The dreaded slayer takes more lives than any other disease in the U.S. and it had my number.

  • Newspapers Now is the theme to celebrate this year’s Newspaper in Education week March 2-6. The Newspaper Association of America Foundation Web site states that the newspaper has always been, and remains today, an important resource in people’s lives.

    History

  • It’s that time again. Truths that have to be spoken, a tiny heart left shattered and broken.

    I’m going on vacation and I’ve had to tell my kitty, Buu, that I would be away from him for five days. Oh, the calamity!

  • The ice storm and its extended aftermath of damage left us all with stories to tell.

    For generations to come, Jan. 27, 2009, will be a milestone day for LaRue Countians as we compare every future act of nature with the inconvenience, damage, discomfort and tragedies associated with the storm.

  • Some things I thought about while sitting in the dark after the ice storm.

    •Flashlights and kerosene heaters are wonderful inventions. Having new batteries and fresh kerosene is even better.

    •I had forgotten just how quiet the night can be.

    •You don’t miss television as much as you might expect.

    •I’m glad the neighbors have a generator to keep them warm. I just wish it didn’t sound like they were mowing their lawn all night.

    •Reading by the light of a kerosene heater feels so Lincolnesque.

  • When I was a little girl, I attended Pleasant Grove Baptist Church with my mom and brother.

    One year, an ice storm damaged some branches on the two big sycamore trees at the edge of the cemetery. I recall some discussion among the church members whether to cut the trees down – as they were advised by an expert – or to trim the damaged branches and give the trees a second chance.

    Being a bit of a tree-hugger back then, I was glad when the adults decided to do the only wise thing by giving the trees a chance to recover.

  • When I was a little girl, I attended Pleasant Grove Baptist Church with my mom and brother.

    One year, an ice storm damaged some branches on the two big sycamore trees at the edge of the cemetery. I recall some discussion among the church members whether to cut the trees down – as they were advised by an expert – or to trim the damaged branches and give the trees a second chance.

    Being a bit of a tree-hugger back then, I was glad when the adults decided to do the only wise thing by giving the trees a chance to recover.

  • U.S. Congress

    Sen. Jim Bunning – (202) 224-4343

    Sen. Mitch McConnell – (202) 224-2541

    Rep. Brett Guthrie – (270) 842-9896, fax 202-226-2019, http://guthrie.house.gov

    General Assembly

    Sen. Carroll Gibson, 5th district – (270) 259-6289; carroll.gibson@lrc.ky.gov

    Rep. Dottie Sims, 19th district  – (270) 786-3948; 502-564-8100, ext. 719; dottiesims@lrc.ky.gov

    LaRue Fiscal Court

    Judge/Executive Tommy Turner – 358-4400

    Magistrates:

  • For 10 years I worked with Daphne Loyall at Sunrise Manor Nursing Home.

    Daphne, as administrator, deals with patient care, personnel issues, auditors and government regulations. Just try to read through the latest Medicare requirements and you’ll find plenty of reasons to pull out your hair.

    Daphne had an expression she used when she was having one of “those days,” when no big thing was going wrong but the little things weren’t going right and she felt she would drown in them.

  • My friend Carolyn Martinette was diagnosed with cancer a few months ago. Her initial diagnosis was gloomy, but she went about her life with more optimism than most healthy people muster on their best days. It’s a shame they can’t bottle that kind of courage.

    Besides being deputy circuit court clerk, she was a board member for Main Street and the founder of a unique business – Lincolnlicense.com. She produced souvenir driver’s licenses with Abraham Lincoln’s image.