http://www.laruecountyherald.com/todaysopinions/rss.xml en Things that make you wonder http://www.laruecountyherald.com/content/things-make-you-wonder <p> &nbsp; &nbsp; What if only one person from every county in Kentucky decided to go vote after all on election day? Would we be facing a recanvass this Thursday? The Republican Gubernatorial race was won unofficially by 83 votes, and there are 120 counties in Kentucky. I wonder....</p> LETTER: Running with Project Graduation http://www.laruecountyherald.com/content/letter-running-project-graduation <p> &nbsp;&nbsp;<span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 10px; line-height: normal; "><b>Running with Project Graduation</b></span></p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-indent: 10.8px; font: 10.0px 'Century Schoolbook'"> The Project Graduation 5K was held Saturday.</p> <p style="margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; text-indent: 10.8px; font: 10.0px 'Century Schoolbook'"> The overall winner was Gabe Lafollette at 20:43. He also won his age group.</p> LETTER: From the editor http://www.laruecountyherald.com/content/letter-editor-14 <p> Thank you<br /> Thank you to the many people who have stopped by the office to offer encouragement and kind words over the years &ndash; and most recently as I leave my job at The LaRue County Herald News.<br /> Thank you also for the flowers, cards, gifts and phone calls.<br /> Friday&rsquo;s reception was lovely and I appreciate my co-workers for putting it together.<br /> A special thanks to Colonel Perkins AKA Meat Loaf for sharing his vocal skills at the reception. Hot patootie, indeed.<br /> Linda Ireland<br /> Editor<br /> The LaRue County Herald News</p> COLUMN: It's a duck thing, you wouldn't understand http://www.laruecountyherald.com/content/column-its-duck-thing-you-wouldnt-understand <img src="http://www.laruecountyherald.com/sites/www.laruecountyherald.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/duck_gus.jpg" alt="Gus the duck, 1995" title="Gus the duck, 1995" align="left" hspace="6" width="72" height="85" /><p> Over the years I&rsquo;ve written more stories than I can count about tragedies, court cases, local government, closings, openings and even a few features. Some are forgettable &ndash; in fact, I&rsquo;ve forgotten them myself. But the story &ndash; or more accurately, a column &ndash; that readers have asked about more than all the others combined was one of the first I penned.</p> COLUMN: Remembering Harvey Lee DeSpain http://www.laruecountyherald.com/content/column-remembering-harvey-lee-despain <p> <em>Dream as if you&rsquo;ll live forever. Live as if you&rsquo;ll die today. James Dean (Feb. 8, 1931 &ndash; Sept. 30, 1955)</em></p> <p> My cousin Harvey was 23 when I was born. He was the son of my Aunt Marie &ndash; my dad&rsquo;s sister &ndash; the one I was named after.</p> <p> Harvey Lee DeSpain spent the first years of his life in LaRue County, but he had already moved to the big city of Buechel when I met him. He didn&rsquo;t visit us often, but his visits were memorable.</p> LETTER: Project Graduation 5K http://www.laruecountyherald.com/content/letter-project-graduation-5k <p> <strong>Running with Project Graduation</strong></p> <p> The Project Graduation 5K was held Saturday.</p> <p> The overall winner was Gabe Lafollette at 20:43. He also won his age group.</p> <p> Second place winner and overall female runner was Misty Bivens at 23:31. She also won her age group.</p> <p> Mollie Thompson won the 21-30 age group and Dee Hutchins won the 40-plus age group.</p> <p> A special thanks to Duke&#39;s Sporting Goods for their sponsorship of the event.</p> <p> <em>Deena Bradley</em></p> <p> <em>Magnolia Bank</em></p> Conway owed voters defense, despite personal views http://www.laruecountyherald.com/content/conway-owed-voters-defense-despite-personal-views <p> We take Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway at his word when he says he thinks Kentucky&#39;s ban on same-sex marriage is discriminatory. He says he believes the state&#39;s constitutional amendment forbidding recognition of such unions will be overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court, which heard arguments on the matter last week. He may well be right.<br /> <br /> But we don&#39;t think his personal views on the subject, no matter how sincere, excuse him from refusing to defend the law on the state&#39;s behalf in his capacity as attorney general.<br /> <br /> LETTER: Please, reconsider opening the pool http://www.laruecountyherald.com/content/letter-please-reconsider-opening-pool <p> Please reconsider opening the pool<br /> The recent news about our public pool not opening has caused a bit of controversy. For not only the people who attended it regularly each season but also for some who have actually never been to it.<br /> One of the deciding factors of the pools closing was stated by our mayor a couple of weeks ago in The LaRue County Herald News.<br />