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Today's Opinions

  • Find the pot o'gold around you

    Top o’ the mornin’ to ya!  I’m writing to you today from Ireland, the land of saints and scholars.  Can’t say I’ve seen either of those yet, but within the first 24 hours I did see many other stereotypical sights.  
    I’m on an Irish scavenger hunt, and I have already marked several things off the list:

    Pot of Gold
    Castle-check  
    Rainbow over castle-check
    Guinness Beer-check
    Pot of Gold
    Green grass-check
    Moss covered stones-check
    Irish Whiskey-check

  • Get in the right zone for best planting options

    By Patrice M. Smith

    We have encountered quite a long winter, ample amounts of snow and rain.  You have been reading my column and using your time wisely to scour the catalogues, watching gardening TV and hopefully you have made notes and devised a gardening plan.  

    That’s great and I’m very proud of you.

  • Jesus said: We need not fear death

    Most people are scared to death of death.  That may be a silly statement, but it is true.  Look at all the lists of what scares people the most.  Death is number one.  We feel death’s presence when we enter or leave a hospital, so most people try not to.  We reflect on mortality every time we go into a funeral home, so people rarely do.  We see death on the nightly news every night, and we try not to relate, not to take it personal, but it is.  It is very personal.  

  • How to kick butt and use the gym as an antidepressant

     One month ago today, I finally did something I’ve always wanted to do.  I hired a personal trainer.  I have worked out sporadically over the years, but have a really hard time staying motivated. Out of the 16 years I have carried a membership, I have probably only spent a total of 36 hours at the gym.  This includes dropping kids off in the childcare center, socializing with other moms and spending extra time in the locker room so I could have a few minutes of peace before picking the kids up again.  

  • Massie: Innovation Act threatens American inventors

    By Rep. Thomas Massie

    At the Northern Kentucky Regional First LEGO League Robotics tournament last December, I marveled at the imagination and creativity displayed by so many young people.  In these students, I saw the spirit of ingenuity and a culture of invention that have been critical to our nation’s economic success for over two centuries. I was reminded of the competitions I participated in as a young inventor, and of the American spirit of innovation that inspired me to obtain 29 patents.

  • Why is the Bible true?

    As I finished up my seminary training and entered into ministry I was full of questions about the authority of scripture. Regrettably, I would pretend parts were not there that I didn’t like, “de-mythologize” other parts that seemed to be based on unscientific world views or superstition, and explain away parts that I disagreed with. With my background in Hebrew and Greek I could even overwhelm anyone who might disagree with me through my brilliance. All this fed my arrogance which made me a much less effective minister than I imagined in my own mind.

  • Shine some light on your ‘roots’

    By PATRICE M. SMITH

    Let’s talk about your plants’ basic needs so they may flourish and grow healthy, promoting longevity.

    The number one basic need of any plant is light. Many plants such as Irises, Roses, and trees require full light. Other plants such as Azaleas, Rhododendrons and Hosta, require little direct light or shade. Whichever type of plant, the leaves need light because they are the plant’s food factory and light is the power source that helps them manufacture food from air and soil.

  • Letters to the Editor: Thanks & RTW

     I would like to take a moment to thank some very generous hearts that have continually volunteered and gathered donations to assist in meeting the needs of those that are in crisis. Sumpatheo Services is a crisis intervention ministry ­— small — but reaching out in a big way for over six years to meet the challenges of those in crisis.