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Opinion

  • In less than three weeks, TV as we know it will end – unless Congress grants an extension. Most of us won’t even notice.

    Thanks to a government-mandated flood of public service messages most Americans know that the transition from digital to analog transmission signals for broadcast television stations must be completed by Feb. 17.

    We’ve seen the countdown clocks, watched the commercials and some even have visited the dtv2009.gov Web site for more information.

  • Here I am, mind spinning with much-to-do in my new office full of information, grant applications, events planning and so much more. Then I look up on my office wall and see a huge check, huge any way you look at it: $132,075 (actually twice that much and more because it is matched by those who benefit from the grant for facade improvements). I am struck anew with the importance and challenge of having a good Main Street program in a small town.

  • I saw something downright appalling the other day.

    It was a fat child.

    Before you start penning those letters or firing off e-mails with indignation that I should say such a thing about the poor little fella, let me explain. His weight was the least of his problems.

    My husband Bud and I were in the grocery store and ended up in an aisle behind a woman pushing a shopping cart with her son inside. She was complaining and griping at the boy because he was riding in the cart, that he wouldn’t get out and was eating all the food.

  • I was saddened this week to hear our new president has reversed previous administration policy on a ban that prohibited giving federal funds to international groups that perform abortions and provide information on it.

  • As many of you already know I have resigned my position as Hodgenville Main Street manager effective Jan. 15.

    Although this decision has been difficult for me I am comforted by the friendships I have made and the wonderful work we have accomplished. The Main Street organization has become like a family to me and I will dearly miss each of them.

  • Early 2009 seems especially rich in new beginnings opportunities:

    •A new calendar year

    •A new/renewed set of resolutions to do better about whatever - be kinder, healthier, lighter, wiser.

    •A new U.S. Congress and so a clean legislative slate (though some unpassed items from the 110th Congress will likely be re-titled and resubmitted). Some shift in legislative priorities.

    •A new U.S. representative for the 2nd Congressional District - a new relationship to begin and build.

  • About a month ago, we received a “Just Ask” question by e-mail: “Is it true that (some of the local candidates) broke campaign laws with their signs and newspaper advertisements?”

    The person asking the question did not provide their name or contact number.

    Without more information, we were unable to file a complaint with the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance. The person we spoke to at KREF said the agency takes complaints about campaign violations under KRS 121 very seriously and provided a link to a pair of brochures on their Web site.

  • As we count off the final minutes of 2008, the challenges of the new year can seem quite daunting.

    Ahead are 365 unknowns. After a year of disappearing jobs, seesaw gasoline prices, a long and sometimes divisive presidential campaign, the continuing wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the threat of economic collapse, it may be difficult to warmly embrace Baby New Year.

    For some, the natural response is to ignore the realities and purchase an extra-strength pair of rose-colored glasses. For others, the turmoil calls for extreme caution and hiding inside their personal shell.

  • People come and go in our lives. For better or worse, some paths cross for only a short time. Others seem to intersect frequently despite relocations, job changes, marriages and the passage of time.

    I have known Tammy Nischan since she was a child. She says our wedding was the first she remembers and talks about how romantic she thought it all was. Years later, we attended her December wedding and gushed over the poinsettia decorations. Our oldest daughter was influenced by it and when it came time for her to wed, she set the date in the Christmas season.

  • In the era of instant messaging, e-mail, the World Wide Web and the iPhone, we’ve become a nation connected and intertwined in ways our grandparents never imagined.

    In spite of all this technology, however, it seems that old friends and family slip through the cracks of our busy lives. While we stay involved in personal pursuits, time flies as fast as information on our favorite dot com.

  • The General Assembly convened on Jan. 6 for a 30-day session. Our first week was spent “organizing,” that is, each chamber chose their leadership teams and committee assignments were distributed. I was honored to be reelected majority whip especially since with the changes in the House of Representatives, I am the only voice for western Kentucky in the leadership of either chamber. The majority whip is charged with counting the votes on the bills presented and providing the caucus’s position on key issues to the senate president.

  • Some co-workers and I recently discussed which generation we fall into —baby boomers, Generation X, Generation Y and so on. At age 33, I am right in the middle of Generation X, which includes those born from 1965-1980.

    We did some unscientific research — also known as Googling — to see which characteristics define our generation. Although it is impossible to make millions of people fit one mold, it was interesting to consider whether the characteristics listed were applicable to our personalities.

  • Some co-workers and I recently discussed which generation we fall into —baby boomers, Generation X, Generation Y and so on. At age 33, I am right in the middle of Generation X, which includes those born from 1965-1980.

    We did some unscientific research — also known as Googling — to see which characteristics define our generation. Although it is impossible to make millions of people fit one mold, it was interesting to consider whether the characteristics listed were applicable to our personalities.

  • Some co-workers and I recently discussed which generation we fall into —baby boomers, Generation X, Generation Y and so on. At age 33, I am right in the middle of Generation X, which includes those born from 1965-1980.

    We did some unscientific research — also known as Googling — to see which characteristics define our generation. Although it is impossible to make millions of people fit one mold, it was interesting to consider whether the characteristics listed were applicable to our personalities.

  • Grandparents get excited about odd things.

    For example, when McDonald’s offered Madagascar toys, my lunch routine included an occasional hamburger Happy Meal. The day I found the much desired monkey inside, I made a long-distance call to Alabama to share the good news.

    Grandparents decorate in odd ways.

  • “Don’t criticize what you don’t understand, son. You never walked in that man’s shoes.”

    That was Elvis Presley’s spin on the Indian proverb “Don’t judge a man until you’ve walked a mile in his moccasins.”

    So I’ll take his advice and not judge journalist Muntazer al-Zaidi too harshly. He’s the Iraqi TV reporter who hurled his shoes at President George W. Bush at a press conference in Baghdad last weekend. Bush was making a farewell tour of the country and working on a plan to end the war by 2010.

  • One gift remained under the Christmas tree.

    I hadn’t noticed that the box had been pushed into a corner, intentionally set aside as the last to be opened. The significance was lost on me, even after Mom pushed it in my direction.

    Christmas always had been special in my parents’ home. They made it that way.

  • Something extraordinary happened Monday that gave me a warm feeling all over.

    Despite the fact it was a cold December morning and I experienced a delightfully giddy glow, it has nothing to do with the Christmas season.

    Although, giving it a second thought, it will help make the season merry and bright.

    It was a common event which took place in an ordinary way but had a very happy ending.

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  • Congratulations for school accomplishment

    I recently read of the accomplishments and high achievements of our LaRue County School System. Our high school is ranked 27th out of 201 high schools in the state putting us near the top ten percent. This is great.

    I commend Superintendent Sam Sanders and his entire staff for this accomplishment.

    Also I appreciate the work of the school board members of our county.