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Today's Opinions

  • HeartSafe Designation Shows Progress

    By Todd Early

    Oldham County EMS Director

    Heart disease has a staggering impact on the nation, Commonwealth and Oldham County. Kentucky is eighth nationally in cardiovascular disease death rates with about 1,100 deaths annually.

    About 15 percent of all hospitalizations and 30 percent of all Kentucky deaths are related to heart disease. In Oldham County, EMS responds to an average of 320 heart-related calls annually in addition to about 100 heart rhythm disturbances and 30 heart attacks.

  • Country Comparison

    I am leaving beautiful Berlin and will soon be home again in Indiana.

    As my visit comes to a close, I find myself wondering once more why my ancestors ever chose to leave such a place.

    Make no mistake, I love the U.S. and am proud and thankful to be an American, but three hundred years ago, things were different.  It’s hard to imagine what my grandparents were thinking when they left family, community, and traditions behind and set sail for the unknown.

  • Country Comparison

    I am leaving beautiful Berlin and will soon be home again in Indiana.

    As my visit comes to a close, I find myself wondering once more why my ancestors ever chose to leave such a place.

    Make no mistake, I love the U.S. and am proud and thankful to be an American, but three hundred years ago, things were different.  It’s hard to imagine what my grandparents were thinking when they left family, community, and traditions behind and set sail for the unknown.

  • Editorial Correction

    In last week’s edition, a reporter incorrectly identified the Pewee Valley Mayor. His name is Bob Rogers, not Mike. We apologize for the error.

  • Duets, Karaoke and Grammys

    I wish I had included on my bucket list “sing in the street with a hobo” because I would now be able to mark that item accomplished. 

    While strolling the cobblestone of Vilnius, Lithuania, we happened upon an elderly gentleman. He had a long white beard and blue eyes that sparkled as he sang.  His age and the fact that he had no musical instrument, save his voice, set him apart from other street musicians.  He stood with outstretched hands and upturned face while singing traditional folk songs from the Baltic region. 

  • Family concerned for trapped bird

    My mother lives in LaGrange. She and my sister discovered that a bird is trapped in the building that used to be the Save A Lot.

    They have called everyone they could think of and nobody (that answered their phones)is willing to do anything to get that bird out of that building.

    My sister is extremely upset. I’m just angry. What is it going to take for people to get their compassion back?

    Nobody cares anymore about their neighbors, kids or animals. Nobody cares.

  • The essentials we need as humans

    There are several essentials which we all must possess.  The first one of these is identity.  We want to be known.  We want people to call our names.  We like to see our names in print.  One of our greatest fears is the fear of anonymity.  When people feel that they are nobodies (nobody knows them, nobody cares about them, nobody thinks of them) then defeat becomes very real for that person.

  • Photo evokes melancholy

     Today is a melancholy day.  I am sitting in Berlin, listening to the rain drizzle against the slanted windows of our attic apartment.  In the distance I can see the American flag flying over the U.S. Embassy, and beyond that, the glass dome top of the Reichstag, which is the German Parliament building.