• “Don’t criticize what you don’t understand, son. You never walked in that man’s shoes.”

    That was Elvis Presley’s spin on the Indian proverb “Don’t judge a man until you’ve walked a mile in his moccasins.”

    So I’ll take his advice and not judge journalist Muntazer al-Zaidi too harshly. He’s the Iraqi TV reporter who hurled his shoes at President George W. Bush at a press conference in Baghdad last weekend. Bush was making a farewell tour of the country and working on a plan to end the war by 2010.

  • One gift remained under the Christmas tree.

    I hadn’t noticed that the box had been pushed into a corner, intentionally set aside as the last to be opened. The significance was lost on me, even after Mom pushed it in my direction.

    Christmas always had been special in my parents’ home. They made it that way.

  • Something extraordinary happened Monday that gave me a warm feeling all over.

    Despite the fact it was a cold December morning and I experienced a delightfully giddy glow, it has nothing to do with the Christmas season.

    Although, giving it a second thought, it will help make the season merry and bright.

    It was a common event which took place in an ordinary way but had a very happy ending.

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  • Congratulations for school accomplishment

    I recently read of the accomplishments and high achievements of our LaRue County School System. Our high school is ranked 27th out of 201 high schools in the state putting us near the top ten percent. This is great.

    I commend Superintendent Sam Sanders and his entire staff for this accomplishment.

    Also I appreciate the work of the school board members of our county.

  • I first met radio D.J. Ed Cundiff in January 1982. He always would play tricks on my mother who used to pass the showcase studio everyday on her way to work. When she would drive by, Ed would say, live on the air, “There she goes, Hopper (my dad). I don’t know where she’s going but she has on her long-dangling earrings.”

    So one day she decided to play a trick on Ed-for his birthday. She made him the prettiest chocolate cake you’ve ever seen – out of cornbread. Only Ed didn’t know this until he took a bite of it.

  • By now, you may have noticed that the newspaper's place on the Web has changed.

    It's been in the works for some time and the final details came into place Friday for www.laruecountyherald.com.

    As with many changes, some people equate different with difficult. But the story placements on the new site are easy to navigate. The site contains separate categories for news, sports, features and opinion, where this article can be found. You also quickly can navigate to obituaries and calendar items.

  • Sally Jo Johnson. Back Rot. Luscious Jackson. Fast Walker. Baby Yaris.

    You may be asking yourself what all of the above have in common. It’s simple. They are the result of a habit I share with my friend of 20 years to nickname people, pets or objects. Somewhere between the seventh grade and now, Heather and I developed an aversion to calling anything by its given name.

  • Local veteran Lee Ratliff thinks it is time the community honored service men and women as they return from overseas tours of duty.

    Ratliff, along with Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Commander Chapter 003 Gary Rice, is interested in speaking with others willing to form a delegation to welcome the defenders home.

    Ratliff said he got the idea when one of his neighbors, Rhonda and Terry Tucker, placed a welcoming sign outside their home in honor of their son, infantryman Justin Murphy.

  • Do you have your driver's license handy?

    Go ahead. Check your wallet. I'll wait.

    I realized recently that all the items from one side of my wallet were missing. I carry a lot of stuff in my wallet. It's not a filing cabinet like George Costanza on "Seinfeld," but does contain some old receipts, forgotten reminders and a few valuable documents.

  • ‘Tis raining today, but it’s not dreary, I welcome the rain with open arms, as I am thankful I am here to enjoy the beauty that God has bestowed upon us.

    This week, many of us will be fortunate to gather with family and friends to enjoy a bountiful Thanksgiving, for that I am thankful, as there are those less fortunate who may not have anywhere to go for Thanksgiving.

  • I’ve been trying to find time to make a short trip to Spencer County, Indiana, to do historical research.

  • I was raised with no Thanksgiving traditions.

    My parents weren’t heathens. We were taught to appreciate others, say thanks, appreciate our blessings. Like every other child who didn’t want to eat broccoli, we were told that  children in Africa were starving and we should be thankful that we had plenty to eat.

  • It's less than a week until the election and by now most of you have made up your minds about the major national and state races on the ballot. In fact, by now, many of you probably are ready for the whole thing to be over.

    In a nation that prides itself on democracy, self-determination and freedom, why do so many of us get fed up with the campaign process?

    I'm convinced the culprit is the frequency, intensity and venum of political ads on television. And I'm not going to deal with it any more.

  • The American Cancer Society’s detailed guide to breast cancer states that one in eight women has a chance of developing invasive breast cancer at some time in their life. Will it be you, your mom, sister, daughter, best friend, someone you sit by in church, the checker at the local grocery?

    Breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths among women, second only to lung cancer. The ACS says one in 35 women will die from the disease.

  • Kathy Morningside: New Jersey, as you know, there are people who consider the Miss United States Pageant outdated and anti-feminist. What would you say to them?

  • Ask someone what LaRue County needs and you'll get an immediate response.

    It seems every resident has an idea. Sometimes its an inspirational vision of the future; other times just a longing. But it's always right on the tip of the tongue.

    As a long-time area resident but a newcomer to LaRue County, I had thoughts of my own. But I've actively been trying to tap into the collective desires of the community. Recently as a member of the latest Leadership LaRue County class, I participated in a brainstorming session that asked just the same question.

  • The weather was perfect, the floats were beautiful, the entertainment was top notch and the burgers were delicious.

    Lincoln Days 2008 will be remembered for all those things – and more. While we enjoy our traditions, there were several new features including the corn hole tournament and air guitar and entertainers Katey Randall and the Salsa Rhythms Band. The Heartland Songwriters Association brought a variety of high quality groups to the square.

    Did you see the Lincoln look-a-like who could have passed for Mel Gibson? Nothing warty about that fella, no sir.

  • Weekend after weekend, the summer and fall is filled with community festivals.

    Most are much the same. Some children's beauty pageants, a parade featuring every fire truck available, craft booths, flea markets, a few games and lots of food. There's an occasional car show, musical entertainment or carnival rides that cause one to seem a little different from the next.

  • I loved Dr. Paul Armstrong.

    Now before you jump to conclusions or call my husband Bud to tattle, let me explain. We’re talking agape here – nothing scandalous.

    Dr. Armstrong watched over me through my two pregnancies. He was there at both births – 1983 and 1986 – and placed in my hands the most beautiful babies ever born. Who wouldn’t love the person who handed them the most precious gifts they’ve ever received?

    He remained my physician until he retired a couple of years ago.