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Today's Opinions

  • Snow days create hardships for families

    To the editor:

    I cannot believe how often school has been closed this year for snow. School has been called off for a half-inch of snow and even when there was a chance of snow.  It’s a good thing our school officials don’t live in New York, we would never have school. Do the officials not want to get out or the bus drivers afraid to drive in it? What is the problem?

    These kids are going to have to go all summer just to make up these days.

  • Many Kentucky communities named for women

    Somewhere along life’s journey I came into possession of a 1940 wall map of Kentucky that has provided hours of     entertainment.

    I get a kick from reading names of some of the communities, many of which probably had schools and post offices at one time, but are now just faded memories.

    There were lots of common themes followed when it came to assigning names to places.

    For instance, you won’t find many counties that don’t have places named in honor of females.

    In Estill county the names include Patsey, Evelyn and Ola.

  • Speak half as much as you listen

    Noticing how my dogs perk up their ears at the slightest sound, I am reminded to keep my ears open to the world around me and to listen. Whenever I tell a story to a friend and sense he or she isn’t really attending to it, I vow to be a better listener.

    But it takes practice to be a really good listener. Start by listening like a baby does upon encountering a sound for the first time. Then listen like a child, noticing music, rhythm and the variety of noises.

  • Community, volunteers made fall H1N1 clinic a success

    To the editor:

    On Nov. 14, the doors of La Grange Baptist Church opened wide to a long line of children, families and adults at risk for the H1N1 influenza virus. These doors were opened wide to the Oldham County community so that they could receive the H1N1 Influenza vaccine. 

  • Vancouver 2010, Olympus is watching

    To the editor:

    The opening of the 2010 Winter Olympics – what wonderful timing for our extra frigid weather this year. As if the gods on Olympus knew we were all suffering from the doldrums of the season, they blessed us with the thrills and chills of the world’s best athletes. 

    The political agenda is left behind and competitors and fans alike from all nations embrace the warmth that takes away the chill of war and the strife of everyday life. 

  • What’s good about you, and what do you really care about?

    When I used to teach spirituality courses, we did an exercise in affirming others. It was a simple activity, yet one of the most effective teaching techniques I ever used. 

    We arranged the desks in a semi-circle facing a single chair called the “hot seat,” which each student took a turn in. In the first part of the exercise, the one in the hot seat was asked to tell the rest of us: “What’s good about me?”

  • Letters to the Editor: Election season should have clean campaigns

    To the editor:

    2010 is an election year for many city, county and state offices. Many candidates have filed to run against incumbents.

    I would like to issue a challenge to all parties seeking election to run clean campaigns.

    In some elections, candidates use fault-finding, mud-slinging tactics, even lawsuits in a desperate attempt to get votes. Voters in Oldham County are weary of this type of politics.

    A candidate should promote his or her qualifications, experience and knowledge of the office they seek, not attack the opponent.

  • Letters to the Editor: Closing tanks was right thing to do

    To the editor:

    In the Jan. 28 edition, the Skylight Country store cries foul, claiming that EPA is trying to put small gas stations out of business. Is that really true? Of course not! Many environmental laws have been enacted to protect air, land and water that we humans require to sustain our lives. The Leaking Underground Storage Tank program is one such set of laws and regulations.