Today's Opinions

  • Study validates importance of Main Street to communities

    Study validates importance of Main Street to small communities

    Small communities benefit most from being part of the national Main Street organization, according to a study by the Journal of the American Planning Association. The study also cites the value of volunteers, investing in the community that is “serious work that is seriously fun.” This study illustrates with great factual basis a lot of things which people working for and as part of Main Street have long believed to be true.

    The following material is quoted from a press release in entirety.

  • There will be no cents from this office today

    A lady called our office last week hoping to persuade one of us to “share” one of the new Lincoln bicentennial pennies with her. While we were sympathetic that she has not been able to find one, we weren’t about to mail one of the keepsakes to a perfect stranger.

    It’s not like the pennies have been showing up in pocket change.

  • Terrorist terrier learns to leave well enough alone

    When I was a kid, my dad brought in a new pup. It was a Boston terrier – a tiny black and white monstrosity with a mashed face, bugged eyes – one blue and one brown – and bad attitude.

    He named it Samson and he loved it dearly.

    It was supposed to be my dog but Samson and I had a difference of opinion early in the relationship and I never cared much for him after that.

    Samson was the worst dog that could have landed on a small farm. He refused to stay home, wouldn’t listen and tormented the other animals.

  • Reducing mail service would save billions

    Remember when it was exciting to get mail with your name on it. As a child, it was like Christmas morning in the mailbox. But the thrill of seeing your name on an envelope loses its excitement with maturity and the arrival of bills.

    In this period of economic hardship, news of corporate restructuring, downsizing and a general woe-is-us attitude, the U.S. Postal Service has lined up behind the banks and carmakers in approaching Congress for support.

  • Some of our games have become too ugly to play

    Game: A contest governed by set rules, entered into for amusement.

    When I was a kid, which I admit was a long time ago, sports were great. The neighborhood kids would gather in the abandoned field next door and play baseball, football or any other game we could think of. It was innocent and fun. Sports are great for our children. They gain pride, self-esteem, team spirit and they strive for good grades so they can remain on the team. The benefits are tremendous, but, the saying, “You’ve come a long way baby” is painfully true.

  • Paul Harvey delivered smiles for 50 years

    He’s been called the most listened to man in America. Paul Harvey’s unique delivery, style and story-telling skill set him apart in broadcasting.

    After paying his dues and impressing his bosses and audiences in St. Louis and Chicago, Harvey got a crack at a national audience. For more than 50 years, his news and comments broadcasts entertained and informed America.

  • Don’t call me cat crazy just because Buu has his own Facebook page

    Being an animal lover, particularly cats, has been full of ups and downs. And not from the cats.

    I’ve been called “Crazy Cat Lady,” “Cat Woman” and even “The Cat Whisperer.” (I secretly like that one). I’ve seen Dr. Berry look at me askance when I answer his questions in my “Buu voice” or make impertinent comments on Buu’s behalf. The thermometer remarks were not too welcome.

  • Heart transplant patient enjoyed every moment with family, friends

    I met Hubert Wright in 2002. He was sitting in the Hodgenville Service Center, spinning yarns and cracking jokes worthy of the late humorist Jerry Clower.

    When I learned he was a beekeeper, I asked to write a story about him. During that interview at his home in Magnolia, he told me about his heart.

    Hubert had a series of heart attacks in 1986. His cardiac muscle was nearly destroyed. His only chance at survival was for a heart transplant.