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Opinion

  • Last month, the people of Kentucky elected me to be their Senator for the next six years and in the process helped me become Senate Majority Leader. I am deeply honored and humbled by the faith the voters have placed in me.

    The message from the electorate in Kentucky and nationwide could not have been more clear: the public wants a change in direction and expects things to get done in Washington. I am pleased to report that just in the past several weeks, I have been able to fight for and secure a number of positive measures to help improve the lives of Kentucky families.

  • My goal in life with my work at Hosparus and in my ministry projects is to care for others with great conviction and passion. But sometimes I have to be reminded by my dear wife to take care of myself. Sometimes I have to tell other hospice workers and ministers to take care of themselves.

    Many of us who are care providers are far more anxious about having to confront whatever will come up in the empty space, when we are quiet and alone. Who knows what terror lurks in the anonymous solitude? What voices will arise in the silence?

  • Dear Santa,

  • Ed. note: Ask the Expert is a column submitted by the Oldham County Chamber. The question and answers are solicited by them.

    QUESTION: My arthritis is worse in cold-weather months. Tips on how I can manage this?

    ANSWER: “Many people experience a worsening of arthritis symptoms in cold, wet months during the fall and winter,” shared Jeremy Statton, MD, who is with Baptist Northeast Orthopedics, part of Baptist Health La Grange. “The arthritis itself isn’t worse but the pain associated with arthritis is often more intense.

  • I don’t know where this story came from, but I love the way an unsuspecting traveler finds himself in the middle of a miracle. Jerry is on his way to Chicago on business and prays, “Please God, do me a favor. Let there be an empty seat next to mine, I don’t need any distractions.” Instead, he is seated next to a young boy named Michael, who is traveling unattended and he is scared. As the jet prepares for takeoff Jerry says to Michael, “Right about now, I usually say a prayer. I ask God to keep the plane safe and to send angels to protect us.”

  • The prophet Isaiah writes, “This is what the LORD says to me: “As a lion growls, a great lion over its prey - and though a whole band of shepherds is called together against it, it is not frightened by their shouts or disturbed by their clamor - so the LORD Almighty will come down to do battle on Mount Zion and on its heights” (Isaiah 31:4). Who is this great lion, the Lord God Almighty, who fights these great battles?

  • Dear Santa,

    How are you doing? My neam is Abigail. I am six. I am a stdut at Harmony Elementary. How are the effs? I wot a love dog for Christmas. I dzrv it bkuss I do the deshis. I wil lev you six ceoos. Medre Christmas.

    Love, Abigail

    Dear Santa,

    How are you doing? My nam is Laurel. I am five yers old. I am a kid at Harmony Elementary. How are your elfs? I want a zmre for Chismas. I dzf it becuz I hlp my momy in the kihn. I like it whn you brg the paznts. Santa I wil giv you three coces with milk. Merry Crismas.

    Love, Laurel

  • The holidays are just around the corner, bringing many joyous gatherings and heaps of delicious treats that show up everywhere. Often, we resign ourselves to the many weeks of inevitable indulgence and resolve to get back on track after ringing in the New Year. This year, why not make a resolution now to adopt some healthier habits through the holidays?

  • Disappointed in Light Up

  • I tried to hold onto what I knew to be absolute truth, but the hardcore facts were staring me in the face.

    I pride myself on my vast knowledge of Barry Manilow lyrics. I became a fan over 30 years ago, at an age when my hearing was intact and my thirst for pop culture knowledge was at its strongest. So, I was a bit surprised when someone stated that “dictuend” is not a word.

    “Oh, yes it is,” I argued. “It means to dictate or orchestrate.”

    “Use it in a sentence,” they challenged.

  • Holiday season is here, there is not a better time to focus on food like Christmas sweets and Christmas meals. Maybe your memories are of ham, turkey, venison, sauer bratten, tamales, ravioli, pierogies or whatever. We all have memories of Christmas that may include special cakes, pies, gingerbread or candies. Fellowship with family and friends with good food is what makes the season special. It seemed like we ate all day on Christmas.

  • There are four dimensions of life (length, breadth, depth and height) that we must consider as we take advantage of continued learning. The beginning of power and wisdom is consciously opening our minds and being receptive to the countless wonders that abound.

    Length

    In response to the question, “How long do you want to live?” I always reply, “As long as I can.” One dimension of life is length, and most people want to live in that dimension.

  • I would like to thank Discover Downtown La Grange Main Street and its Board of Directors for the lovely evening it provided for Light Up La Grange and in particular Donna Sabo for leading the way and her tireless efforts under difficult circumstances this year.

    Michael and Vonnie Glover did another fabulous job again this year putting up the lighting. Countless people came out to enjoy the festive occasion and welcome Santa back for the 27th year to our city.

  • Oldham County has been issued a $250,000 challenge. If this challenge is met, it will help set more Oldham County youth on a strong path toward higher education and career success. It also will ensure the county’s current and emerging workforce and training education needs are addressed for many years to come.

  • The recent midterm election can be counted as a success by the Republicans. Mitch McConnell defeated Alison Grimes by 15 points, Republicans will control the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives remains firmly in the grasp of Republicans.

    In Oldham County, I believe it was a clean sweep by Republicans. If there is a Democratic office holder, I’m not sure who it might be – although there are some in the Republican Party that think a few of our local office holders are posers and are only Republicans so they can get elected.

  • Last weekend, my daughters and I were invited to a fancy tea party at a fancy house in a fancy neighborhood. I kinda always wanted to be fancy, but it doesn’t come naturally to me. Truthfully, it doesn’t come at all.

    Example: I recently had an extremely important business meeting. So, I forced myself out of my blue jeans and into my fancy business clothes, complete with silk stockings and black pumps.

  • I’ve been trying to come up with a subject to write about for my first column for weeks now. It’s been the same deal: I sit down with a cup of coffee on a Sunday morning while in bed, trying to rack my brain for a good idea…any idea.

    And…nothing.

    Writing blog posts and columns are easy for me…but only at times.

  • Always believe in miracles. That is what all of us need to remember as we enter into another Christmas season. There is plenty of cynicism and skepticism to go around, but I say focus on the miracle that God became human in Jesus Christ and that miracle can give us hope no matter what situation we find ourselves in. I found an old story from Guidepost Magazine’s book Christmas Miracles, c. 2008. The story is edited, for this article, but the full version can be found on the internet. It always brings a tear of joy to my eyes.