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Today's Opinions

  • Al Earley: Can You Define Humility?

    How humble are you? I think of humility as one of those things that is easier to recognize than it is to define. For example, my dictionary defines humility as a state or quality of being humble of mind or spirit. It is the absence of pride or self-assertion. That doesn’t really capture the power of encountering a truly humble person, does it?

  • Letters to the Editor Jan. 30

    Helping hand

    I’d like to thank the people who helped me last Friday. On that day, I was taking the garbage out when I fell at my dumpster. A La Grange city bus which comes through my complex stopped when it saw I had fell and everyone on board came out and helped me. All four people on the bus, included the driver, stayed with me while help came. I just wanted to publicly thank them whole heartedly. I really appreciate them.

    Robin Whitney

    La Grange

    Favoring a smoking ban

  • Minimizing the parenting risks leads to successful children

    Recently, I read a claim that parents who do not allow their children to take risks are setting them up to fail in life. Half the time, I forget I even have kids. Hubby, on the other hand, is extremely overprotective. When we saw the movie “The Croods” every one of our children looked straight at their dad when the caveman father exclaimed, “Never not be afraid!”

    They are not allowed to climb trees. (But if it will make a good photo op, I make sure hubby never sees the photo.)

  • Onward and downward

    We humans live with failure. We often experience more failure than success. When failure is respected and appreciated, it responds with great generosity, delighted we have not turned away from the substance of our own lives and happy to do whatever it can to forge the deepening of our experience. Onward and downward we go.

  • Letters to the Editor Jan. 23

    Thanking school board members

    This month, Kentucky celebrates School Board Recognition Month — a time to recognize the five dedicated members of our board who focus on putting children first. Jennifer Beckner, Larry Dodson, Joyce Fletcher, Walt Schumm and Kevin Woosley put in countless hours to do what is best for our kids.

  • Eschatology: The study of the end times

    As a collegiate and religion major in the 1970’s I encountered a book that had many people wondering about the future. “The Late Great Planet Earth” by Hal Lindsey took a speculative look at a variety of historical events and tried to blend sections of scripture that are difficult to understand with those events to come up with an approximate date of when the end history as we know it on earth would occur. This is known as the eschaton and the study of the end of time is known as eschatology.

  • Minimizing the parenting risks leads to successful children

    Recently, I read a claim that parents who do not allow their children to take risks are setting them up to fail in life. Half the time, I forget I even have kids. Hubby, on the other hand, is extremely overprotective. When we saw the movie “The Croods” every one of our children looked straight at their dad when the caveman father exclaimed, “Never not be afraid!”

    They are not allowed to climb trees. (But if it will make a good photo op, I make sure hubby never sees the photo.)

  • Onward and downward

    We humans live with failure. We often experience more failure than success. When failure is respected and appreciated, it responds with great generosity, delighted we have not turned away from the substance of our own lives and happy to do whatever it can to forge the deepening of our experience. Onward and downward we go.