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Today's Opinions

  • 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. 

  • Letters to the Editor

    Ironman competitor grateful to La Grange

    On Aug. 30, 2009 I witnessed one of the most exciting and outrageous moments in my Ironman career. Aside from the finish chute, flying through La Grange was second to none. 

    Your community support should be the envy of cities across America. I made it a point to hold my right hand out to slap as many screaming fans as I could even at the risk of crashing at 23 mph. That was how important it was for me to show my appreciation to your community at that moment. 

  • Most likely to leave town

    Nearly 10 years ago it was yearbook time. Faced with the prospect of probably never seeing most of these people again, I struggled to find something meaningful to say to my friends, thinking I was gone from Oldham County forever other than occasional visits to my parents.

    But I was drawn back. Call it fate, choice, whatever. I was partly disappointed that, like George Bailey, I never made it out of my hometown; partly excited that I had the chance to be a positive force in the community I’m from.

  • Letters to the Editor

    ‘Can’t-do’ council votes to close 2nd St. 

    To the editor:

    Despite being told by residents of La Grange that they want their council to do everything possible to keep Second Street open, the La Grange city council played politics Monday night and voted to close it.

    This council assured residents at the July meeting that they’d do everything in their power to keep Second Street open, yet Monday they showed they aren’t willing to do anything to accomplish that. 

  • Back where I come from

    Learning to ride a bike. Picking blackberries with my sister. My first “big catch” going fishing at grandpa’s. College days. Marrying my college sweetheart. The birth of my daughter. My son losing his first tooth. Assisting my husband as he coached youth soccer. Cookouts and camping with my parents. Church revivals. Family and friends. 

    All of these memories are etched into the story of my old Kentucky home.

  • Letters to the Editor

    Adult education programs offered 

    To the editor:

    “It’s all about being here”– this is the motto for the 2009-10 year for the students in the Oldham County Adult Education Program. This program is grant funded through the Kentucky Adult Education Program with both state and federal funds. Our goal is to assist any adult that is not currently enrolled in a secondary program establish and work on educational goals.

  • Balancing tension

    Have you ever watched a tight-rope walker? Maybe you noticed the performer carries a balance bar. Ever so carefully he moves the bar from side-to-side in order to keep his balance Now life is something like this for us. You and I are negotiating the difficult, if different, courses of our lives. 

    Life means action and action means other people. Other people mean that there will be some friction, and friction often results in stress. Some of this stress is helpful and positive. Some of it is negative and harmful. We badly need our balance bars.