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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Residents urged to attend meeting on West Perry project

    Do we have eminent domain going on here in Owenton? It sure seems like it.

    I encourage all of you to go and look at the old drug store and the building beside it. Plaster is falling off the ceiling. Water has stood in the floor. In the old drug store, the ceiling fan is bent down from where it has leaked. Hardly any of the windows are left in the building.

    I encourage you to go and look behind these buildings. You might be surprised to see what is back there. There are broken steps, wires are everywhere and the backdoor is open for kids to go in.

  • Letter about Fido Fiesta was off the mark

    After reading the letter to the editor titled “Mother Says Wine and Kids Don’t Mix” in last week’s paper, initially I decided there is no point in responding.

    However, after further consideration as director/founder/president of OCFA, the entity that hosted “Fido Fiesta” and the representative that invited minors to assist, I believe it is my responsibility to respectfully respond to Ms. Morris. 

  • Parents feel pain as kids grow up

    I know most kids can’t wait to “grow up.”

    But I never knew how much I would miss my own kid’s childhood until this year.

    My daughter, Elizabeth, turned 13 in late November. This is her first Christmas as a teen.

    It’s a lot harder for me than it is for her.

    For 12 years now, I searched the toy aisles for something I thought she would love. The wish list or letter to Santa was an annual ritual.

    But not these days.

  • Memories of family farm will live on

    While reading the Courier-Journal online several weeks ago, I found an interesting article that hit close to home. The headline read “Kentucky’s small tobacco farms are fading away.”

    I read the article over several times and learned that there are only an estimated 6,000 tobacco farms in Kentucky as of 2007. While in 1997, there were 46,850.

  • You can become an angel

    Where do a angels come from?

    I’m not talking about the heavenly host or female detectives from a cheesy ’70s TV show.

    The angels in question are the ones who look out for the less fortunate in our community.

    Angels don’t need the spotlight and don’t seek recognition for their good deeds.

    An angel is content to touch the lives of people in need and ease their pain through simple gestures of caring and concern.

    Are you an angel?

    I, for one, am certainly not but from time to time, I try.