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Today's Opinions

  • A friend in deed

    Can there be anything more heart-breaking than having a sick or injured child?

    Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve had two people I know endure that special pain.

    The News-Herald Office Manager, Sherry Lyons, is dealing with her daughter’s accident. Sherry is a very strong woman and seems to be handling things as well as possible.

    Things haven’t been so good for another friend of mine.

    A tumor was recently found on the kidney of a dear friend’s 3-year-old son, Seth.

  • Dealing with a bout of level 2 cabin fever

    I once took a trip to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan in early March. I was broadcasting basketball on the radio at the time for Northern Kentucky University and the team headed north to play Lake Superior State University.

    The team lost and the next morning on the bus outside the hotel I was listening to a local disc jockey who said with much enthusiasm that the current temperature was -2 degrees. He then went on to say that spring was just around the corner.

    While I appreciated his optimism, I’ve never quite understood it.

  • Adventures in an icy exile

    Boy, last week stunk.

    I’m sure it stunk for thousands of other Owen countians stuck in the dark.

    When I was a kid, I was a big fan of winter – snow storms meant no school; sleigh riding down the steep hill in front of my mom’s house in Cynthiana; snowball fights with the 14 other kids who lived in my neighborhood; or chasing my dog Radar through the snow drifts.

    For a kid, heavy snow is just another opportunity to have fun.

  • Bad weather brings out good folk

    I am independent and usually self-sufficient, but the second total hip-replacement surgery in four years and the recent snowstorm left my driveway and my porch inches deep in snow and me unable to clean it.

    First, Brett Inman who was here installing a new bathroom heater, took the time to shovel part of the drive and to clean the snow off the porch. I didn’t ask him to do it.

  • Looking back at a year of learning

    It all started on a very cold day in February at Elk Creek Lodge and ended where it began on a very warm day in October.

    A group of people ranging in age and occupation set out on a journey to learn more about education, health care, child services, government, agriculture, entrepreneurship and industry relating to our community.

    February was the kickoff to it all as we learn things about the people in the group and each other’s view and perceptions of what to expect of the leadership class.

  • Cold night, warm hearts

    Gracious people and our Gracious Lord Jesus were there when our van went over the edge of Highway 22, Dec. 23.

    It was “black ice night.” I made the mistake of tapping my brake, preparing for a curve, past the high school. Sapling trees prevented me from rolling. The seat belt held. The air bag did not even open.

    Mike W. was at my window in less than one minute. “I’ll call 911,” he encouraged after he found I was unharmed.

  • Hank Williams’ legacy lives on

    Music has always been an integral part of my life. The amount of money I have invested in my CD and record collection would more than likely seem foolish to most. My collection spans many genres including country, western swing, blues, classical, jazz and so on.

  • Santa bashing? Not on my watch

    Back when I was the editor of a paper in Corbin, I had a pair of religion columnists who submitted the same pre-Christmas article every year.

    These columnists were very devout, very conservative and very traditional in their writing. They often came out and decried the “modern’ world and urged readers to abandon some of the more secular aspects of Christmas.