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Opinion

  • In a recent phone conversation with one of our pastors, he noted that at morning Mass that day the church had been full, including the whole student body present. When he looked around, it struck him that he was the oldest person there.

    If one lives long enough, this type of thing can be a frequent experience occurring in many settings. It is a bit breathtaking at times.     

  • We are the 12 children of Allen and Louise Cooper – seven boys and five girls.

    Our grandfather, Herbert Brown served this country in the U.S. Army during World War I. Our father was in the army, serving in the European theater during World War II.

    Of the seven Cooper sons, five served this country in some branch of military service.

    I wish to speak to this council about our brother Spec. 4th Class Carl Dalton Cooper.

  • I want to thank Coach Derek Bell for his extraordinary dedication with our youth soccer players and association.

    We are truly fortunate that you are willing to share your time and knowledge with our children. You are such an inspirational mentor to all.

    And for those who ask, who is Coach Bell?

    He is a British soccer enthusiast with a great love and knowledge of soccer.

    He is a devoted coach that gives all of himself from the kindness of his heart to all who will listen.

  • A dear friend recently lost his father and another friend commented that the “father thing” is huge, no matter the relationship.

    Those with good fathers mourn the goodness of the relationship and the sweet memories of good days gone by.

    Those with fathers who caused pain and turmoil in the family by their presence (or by their absence or indifference) mourn the relationship that neveIr was but might have been.

    The father thing, indeed, is huge.

  • A couple of weeks ago, a pair of Canadian geese took up residence in a pond in the field behind our house.

    They appeared to be happy, squawking and swimming and trying to avoid the four longhorns who were there first.

    The longhorns do not like company – save for a few birds and my husband Bud when he feeds them. We once had a problem with stray dogs and coyotes prowling the field. Those cows – with their frightfully long horns and attitude to match – have taken care of the situation.

  • Thank you to the 29 individuals who donated blood June 8 at the Hodgenville Woman’s Club. A double thanks to Pam Baker, Jr. Puyear, Donnie Propes, Nick Boone and Blake Bault for donating using the double red procedure.

    We collected 34 units of blood.

    Many thanks to the volunteers who worked – Cecil Druen and Rob Brown.

    The community blood drive will return Aug. 10.

    Faye Puyear

    Volunteer coordinator

  • Dr. Richard Gilbert of Hodgenville was recently found guilty of tax evasion in a Louisville court. I can’t think of a family more moral and upstanding than the Gilberts. They’re the modern equivalent of The Waltons meets Little House On The Prairie. How could someone so moral and honest to a fault be convicted of tax evasion? His fault and folly was standing on principle and speaking truth to power. The questions he asked the IRS and later posed in court can be distilled to form one simple question. Could you please show me the law that requires me to pay these taxes?

  • A writer friend in Denver once got a letter from a now-former reader of hers who said not only would she never buy another of my friend’s books, but she would tell all her friends to boycott them too.

    The reason? The reader accused my friend of quoting from a “lesbian” Bible.

    According to the reader, supposedly the Bible translation my friend used may or may not have had a lesbian on the team of translators.

    If I told you the Bible translation you’d be shocked since it’s probably the most used modern English translation worldwide.

  • I appreciate all the support, prayers, and encouragement that many of you have expressed over the past year since my IRS issue became public. I would like to give a summary of my findings over the past decade on the issue of income taxes. My purpose is to protect the future of our brothers, sisters, wives, children and houses (Nehemiah 4:14).

    There are four important components of federal taxation: Constitution; courts; Internal Revenue Code; and Internal Revenue Service.

  • It’s tough to fight a bully.

    He doesn’t play fair. He hides and sneaks up on you. He intimidates you and your family.

    The bully doesn’t care if you have attempted to live a clean and inoffensive life – or if you have children or grandchildren – or if you have done absolutely nothing to deserve his attention.

    Without rhyme or reason, the bully will pick on your children and grandchildren. Your wife. Your husband.

    He’ll put you through the wringer again and again.

    This bully has a name. Cancer.

  • We are nearing the time where many young people will celebrate a lifetime of accomplishments as they graduate from high school and move toward their life goals. Family and friends will gather together for a festive occasion to commemorate this awesome milestone.

    Traditionally, this is also a time when alcohol enters into the mix and brings tragic results for all involved. Alcohol is the most commonly used drug among American youth and it kills 5,000 teens every year.

  • Booming voice. Smoke and fog. We all remember watching Dorothy and her friends quaking over the power and might of the Wizard of Oz. But it was Dorothy’s little terrier, Toto, who forever dispelled the myth of the Wizard.

    Behind all the big talk, smoke and fog was one very normal man from Kansas who also wanted to return to his homeland.

  • Members of the public are welcome to attend legislative committee meetings and floor sessions while lawmakers are at the State Capitol for the General Assembly’s 2010 session. But there are ways for citizens to stay in touch with the legislative process even if they can’t make the trip to Frankfort.

  • The 2010 Relay For Life of LaRue County was a huge success. We had 11 sponsors and 16 teams to participate in the overnight event. We were also blessed with wonderful weather all night for the first time in a few years. The total in monies through donations, sponsorships and team efforts was just over $59,000. This community is so loving, caring and dedicated. I truly am blessed to be able to work directly with the community in which I have grown up. I am humbled by actions and dedication of the citizens and businesses in our county.

  • If you’ve been on a jury, you’ll understand evidence in a trial. Each attorney tells you what they think the evidence will prove. However, the evidence usually needs a lot of prop-up support by the attorneys to make any sense at all.

    The article last week about the tax evasion trial explained the one-sided assumption of what the evidence showed.

    I was there and I saw the evidence differently. In closing argument, the government explained what the witnesses had proven, when in fact they had never said such things. Did the jury notice?

  • On May 19, a front-page article covered Dr. Richard Gilbert’s recent tax case in which he was found guilty of tax evasion. We all pay our income taxes thinking it is our civic duty to do so because, while we hate parting with our money, we know it is going to pay our fair share. I want to clarify what I believe Dr. Gilbert is guilty of by giving a few examples first from the Supreme Court.

  • Concerning the Gilbert-IRS trial: I have known Richard Gilbert and his family for the past three years and am amazed by the integrity and high moral standards within the family and the way the family works together so harmoniously. There is a love within that family that every home in America should be so fortunate to have.

    They share a spirit of gentleness, kindness, hard work and a willingness to learn. They fight the good fights for freedom and we all should admire them for doing that.

  • Sunday morning, as we monitored the rising water conditions around Athertonville, it became apparent that our only course of action was to evacuate my parents and their neighbors from the path of the rising floodwaters. I would like to express my gratitude to those who came to the rescue in the heavy rainfall as the floodwaters rose to assist the residents of Athertonville.

  • It seems that no matter how hard candidates campaign, how many signs they put up, how many ads they buy or how much coverage they receive on the Internet or newspapers, some voters simply do not pay attention.

    It happens on the local level as well as state and national.

    For instance, last week I heard someone talking about long-time jailer Ralph “Mac” Trumbo running for re-election.

    They looked at me strangely when I said, “No, Mac is retiring. It is his son who is running in this election.”

  • The LaRue County Chamber of Commerce thanks everyone who played in this year’s Chamber Golf Scramble on May 8. We appreciate the LaRue County Golf Course staff for their help in making the scramble a great success. To the Chamber Board and Golf Committee, Donnie Davis, Shirley, Katy and Nathaniel Nash, Todd and LaDean Self and other volunteers for a job well done.