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Today's Opinions

  • How well do you know the Bluegrass state?

    1.  What kind of vegetable is sometimes referred to as “music roots” in Southern Kentucky?

    2.  Where was golfer Gary Player’s first American tour victory?

    3.  Who was the first Kentucky governor directly elected by popular vote?

    4.  In what city is the oldest continuously operating bank in Kentucky located?

    5.  What natural resource with recreational value does Kentucky rank second only to Alaska in?

    6.  Who was the first Catholic priest to live in Kentucky?

  • River Daze has great weather, local support

    To the editor:

    The 10th annual Westport River Daze festival was a huge success.  We couldn’t have asked for better weather and a prettier day.  

    Friends of Westport would like to publicly thank this year’s sponsors for their support: Baptist Hospital Northeast, Farm Bureau Insurance and Tri-County Ford.  

  • Foster finds gastronimical surprise in peru

    Below are excerpts from former staff writer John Foster’s blog about his adventures in Peru. Foster and his wife, Lori, left the Bluegrass state Sept. 15 and traveled to Peru where they’ll spend nine months working in an orphanage. 

    Staffers of The Oldham Era were particularly moved by a photograph taken by Foster of a young boy listening to a volunteer’s iPod in a garden outside the orphanage, and the image of the boy’s toes poking through the bottom of his shoe soles. 

  • Letters to the Editor

    Field hockey team deserves coverage 

    To the editor:

    I’d like to take this opportunity to let your readers know, South Oldham High School has a field hockey team. This program began six years ago at the high school. 

    You may not know this because The Oldham Era, for reasons unknown, does not report any coverage in their paper for this team. 

  • Letters to the Editor

    Overcrowding puts quality education at risk

    To the editor:

    I‘m concerned over the direction our schools seem to be taking. I fear Oldham is just a few steps behind the Jefferson County school system. That isn’t a compliment. 

  • Give your thoughts to the wind and serenity will find you

    Villains get punished and heroes triumph in well-made plays and books. In life it’s not easy to say who’s who. Most of us are heroic sometimes and villainous other times. Our lives are an uneven mixture of triumph, reward, and hanging-in. Unjust events happen: children die, airplanes crash, rivers flood. The world contains starvation and abundance, violence and gentleness in its pattern.

  • Letters policy

    Letters to the editor are welcome and should be 400 words or less, and must include your signature, address and phone number (for verification). Letters on local issues will take top priority; all others will be published on a first-come basis as space allows. Letters considered to be libelous will not be printed. The Era reserves the right to limit frequent writers to one per month. The Era also reserves the right to edit letters for length and accuracy. Deadline for letters is 5 p.m. Thursday. Send to: Viewpoints, The Oldham Era, P.O. Box 5, La Grange, Ky.

  • Council members respond to mayor’s stance on CSX

    To the editor:

    To maintain the city’s quiet zone, we must install median separators at the intersection of First and Main, and either close the south side of Second Street or install crossing gates by June. 

    Mayor Carter blames the city council for its plans to close Second Street and maintain the quiet zone. The city council has only voted on a resolution regarding safety improvements at the Second Street crossing to meet CSX regulations. A decision to close Second Street can only be done by ordinance, and a second reading of that ordinance is Nov. 2.