http://www.laruecountyherald.com/todaysopinions/rss.xml en What we're not talking about http://www.laruecountyherald.com/content/what-were-not-talking-about <p> This editorial is based on the views of the LaRue County Herald News editorial board.</p> <p> The board consist of Allison Shepherd, Publisher; Doug Ponder, Editor; and Vanessa Hurst, Reporter.</p> <p> With the recent developments in a case that involved students of our local high school and said Principal at the time, Stephen Kyle Goodlett, we are stopping to take a deeper look at the underlying problem occurring right here in our own community.</p> Feed the birds http://www.laruecountyherald.com/content/feed-birds <p> Prepare for the New Year http://www.laruecountyherald.com/content/prepare-new-year <p> Another year is over and the New Year begins. Wait, is it really January 11, 2017 already. Well many would say, this month&rsquo;s half over already.</p> <p> So it goes in most of our lives. We start off with great expectations of the year, the month, the week, or even a given day, only to realize, it&rsquo;s almost over and I haven&rsquo;t even got started yet.</p> A Christmas to remember http://www.laruecountyherald.com/content/christmas-remember <p> I was home sick last Wednesday and Thursday with the stomach bug that has apparently been going around the county.</p> <p> Being home sick gave me a lot of free time to think about things I normally wouldn&rsquo;t have time to think about. My mind kept going back to all the Christmas festivities that I was a part of this year. 2016 has been a great year for me as I got engaged to my fianc&eacute;e Danielle Sexton and 2017 will be even better as we are getting married.</p> Life expectancy did what? http://www.laruecountyherald.com/content/life-expectancy-did-what <p> A new year is a time resolutions, it brings about a need in people to want to change things and do things differently. A new year is kind of like starting over. The unfortunate truth about resolution is that they rarely stick. Probably because we are creatures of habit, habits are hard to break, healthy habits are even harder to create. Now before you get up in arms I&rsquo;m not telling anyone they need to eat their veggies, but I recently read an article on NPR&rsquo;s website that shocked me. It was about the life expectancy in the US dropping for the first time since 1993.</p> Balloons and kindness http://www.laruecountyherald.com/content/balloons-and-kindness <p> I always tell my boys to be kind no matter what. They should never say unkind words because you never know what kind of day a person has had or what they are going through. Someone&rsquo;s bad day can often be your own misfortune when they lash out at you from their own frustration, but if you smile and say something kind the situation is usually diffused instantly.</p> Handel’s Messiah and my boys http://www.laruecountyherald.com/content/handel%E2%80%99s-messiah-and-my-boys <p> Handel&rsquo;s Messiah is a beautiful piece that illustrates the story of Jesus Christ from the prophecy and promise of the Redeeming Messiah to His birth &ldquo;For unto us a child is born&rdquo; all the way through His life and death ending with the &ldquo;expectation of our own resurrection&rdquo; and finally closing with the infamous Hallelujah Chorus. Pair all that with an amazing choir and the Historic Pilcher organ at Saint Catherine&rsquo;s and you have an amazingly warm and uplifting musical experience. Did I mention this was a free event?</p> The power of words http://www.laruecountyherald.com/content/power-words <p>