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Opinion

  • 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.

  • A couple of months ago, someone asked me why I don’t write about my children as often as I used to. When they were younger, they made frequent appearances in my columns – but always with their permission.

    As they became adults, I tried to respect their right to privacy. Amanda, always a whirlwind of sociability, probably wouldn’t mind if I wrote about her life; but Daniel was more introverted. He didn’t care to draw a lot of attention to himself.

    But he managed to do exactly that on Nov. 2.

    That was the day everything changed.

  • That old saying that opposites attract must really be true.

    Through this storm, I kept saying to Dennis, “Isn’t this just beautiful?”

    We live in the woods and though it’s dangerous, the ice looks beautiful glistening in the sunlight. He replies with obscenities I can’t repeat in the paper.

  • 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.