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Opinion

  • I saw and heard what appeared to be World War II airplanes flying between Buffalo and Mount Sherman last Tuesday. Any idea what is going on?

     

    Several restored World War II commemorative aircrafts were on display last week at the Bardstown-Nelson County Airport, according to The Kentucky Standard.

    It was part of the American Navion Society National Convention, an annual event where pilots throughout the country gather to showcase their historic planes.

  •  Are you on Pinterest?

    “What’s that?” you ask. Oh, honey, where have you been?

    Pinterest is an online bulletin board/scrap book/wish list site where you “pin” pictures of things you see elsewhere on the Web that you like.

    Puppies and kittens and fluffy clouds, cupcakes from Sprinkles in New York, sandals on sale at DSW, the beach at Turks and Caicos.

  •  Another official has disappointed us – or lived up to our expectations – depending on which side of the political fence you’re standing.

  •  Senator James Harlan of Iowa, whose daughter later married President Lincoln's son Robert, introduced this Resolution in the Senate on March 2, 1863. The Resolution asked President Lincoln to proclaim a national day of prayer and fasting. The Resolution was adopted on March 3, and signed by Lincoln on March 30, one month before the fast day was observed.

    By the President of the United States of America.

    A Proclamation.

  •  There is an amazing opportunity coming April 21 for this community to support SpringHaven, our domestic violence shelter and program. A women's conference at Grace Heartland Church in Elizabethtown will feature a few nationally known speakers and some that were locally grown. There will be great info, food and fellowship and every ticket purchased will be a donation for SpringHaven.

    I just don’t want this to be an announcement for an event. I want to help you understand why it is so important to support this cause.

  •  Commonwealth residents can help better protect themselves and their loved ones from tornadoes and storms by having weather radios in their home.

    Weather radios broadcast warnings whenever potentially life-threatening weather events are occurring or imminent. The National Weather Service broadcasts these warnings 24 hours a day.

  • Feb. 29 was a terrifying day for my community. Three confirmed tornadoes touched down within 15 miles of my home.

  •  Kudos to our LaRue County High School Cheerleaders for going where no local squad has gone before: The National High School Cheerleading Championship. They earned the right to attend the competition and raised funds for the trip to Florida where they challenged top squads from across the nation. They took 13th. But more importantly, they’re proving that hard work, attitude and an ability to look great while doing some amazing gymnastic stunts can pay off big dividends. 

  • Budget subcommittees spent most mornings this week camped out in Capitol Annex committee rooms, as House members heard testimony on state-agency budget requests for the next two years.

  • There are about a dozen dead skunks on the side of the road between Hodgenville and Buffalo. What’s going on? Will they be tested for rabies?

    Skunks are suffering from rabies of love.
    According to the University of Kentucky Extension Service, February is mating season for skunks, so they are on the move more than usual.
    Skunks are nocturnal, nomadic and solitary, except during mating season when the males apparently lose all sense of timing and direction and blunder into the roadway.
    If your vehicle gets skunked, we are sorry.

  •  As a member of the House Energy and Commerce Health subcommittee, I have voted to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and participated in dozens of hearings that revealed astronomical costs, billion-dollar slush funds, and countless other negative consequences of the health care law.

  • I have been involved with Shop With A Trooper every year for the past 17 years. It seems that each year gas prices have increased, more citizens are laid off from their jobs, more homes are in foreclosure and the economy has been in bad shape.  
    However, one thing that has not changed is the giving spirit of the people in Post 4’s area.

  • The mystery of the old photo continues.

    Where was it taken?

    The photographer said it was taken between 1975 and 1977 in LaRue County – a statement that brought some confusion because LaRue County has been dry (no alcohol sales) for decades and the store sign clearly says “beer.” The photo is being displayed in an exhibit at the Frazier History Museum.

    It’s agreed that it wasn’t taken in LaRue County – but several people believe it to have been taken on the LaRue/Nelson line, facing toward LaRue County.

  • We received several phone calls about the above photo which is being displayed at the Frazier History Museum.
    The photographer said it was taken between 1975 and 1977 in LaRue County – a statement that brought some confusion because LaRue County has been dry (no alcohol sales) for decades and the store sign clearly says “beer.”

  • This time of year – deer hunting season, that is – reminds me of my Uncle Hardin, my dad’s older brother.
    Only those who knew James Harding Powell as a child called him “Hardin.’” When he became an adult and moved on to bigger things, he was known as “Jim.”

  • I recently traveled to Pennsylvania via airplane. This is a trip I've talked about taking for years, although my hopes were to drive and see the countryside along the way.

    However, with a tight work schedule for myself and my sister-in-law, we chose to fly so we could use the time it would have took to drive to actually visit with family and take in some attractions Pennsylvania has to offer, including Hersey, which was delectable.

  • My husband and I took our daughter to the circus.

    Sounds simple, right? Wrong. From the moment we pulled into the fairgrounds she had her mind made up. She cared nothing about the circus and everything about the pony rides offered outside.

    Screaming at the top of her lungs in excitement she was practically begging to ride the animals.

  • Maybe it is just me – but there seem to be more events featuring the blessing of animals. These are occurring in various churches, too. One regional newspaper covered an event in two articles, before and after.

  • Cartoon by Terry Wise