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Opinion

  • It’s that time of year – back to school – and one of the challenges of family life during the busy school year is keeping you and your family on a healthy diet. Meals are rushed, lunches can be picked over and snacks are mostly grab-and-go. Here’s a few tips to keep kids eating healthy foods all school year round.

  • Two stories

    Two weeks ago I read in The Oldham Era that the school Superintendent could not manage and needed another increase in taxes. School systems seem to have a hard time finding capable managers. The next time you have an increase in expenses just go to your boss and tell him/her that you are just going to have to start taking from the company. It works for the school superintendent.

  • I snapped a picture of the black, wrought iron gate and sent it to my family along with the text, “Exploring this old cemetery.”

    My aunt responded, “Why?”

    My question is, why would anyone not want to explore an old cemetery?

    I first spied it while riding my bike through the countryside with hubby. Back during our dating years, he readily explored cemeteries with me. Together, we would point out unusual tombstones, read inscriptions and make observations.

  • Over the last two weeks I have looked at why there is evil in God’s world that is created good. This week I ask the question, “How long does God have to work out justice?” Rabbi Shraga Simmons says, “The question of ‘why do bad things happen to good people’ has a lot to do with how we look at existence. The way we usually perceive things is like this: A ‘good life’ means that I make a comfortable living, I enjoy good health and then I die peacefully at age 80. That’s a good life. Anything else is ‘bad.’ ”

  • As a student, I typically despised collaborative projects. Obsessed with getting good grades, I would inevitably end up doing most of the work myself because no one else in the group approached it with the same level of intensity that I did.

    I began each collaboration with high hopes, helping to divy up all the workload to group members and establishing deadlines for sections of the project. Invariably, deadlines weren’t met, work was shoddy and my streak of straight A’s was in jeopardy.

  • The pastor goes to visit a new parishioner. The man has cancer of the liver. He openly expresses his anger at God for letting this happen to him. “Why me?” he wants to know. He never mentions that before the pastor met him he had been a heavy drinker for over 30 years. It never dawned on him that his actions could be the obvious answer to the question of his cancer.

  • Over the past couple of months, I’ve written some “feel good” columns about worthy causes in our community.

    It’s about time to step back into politics and take up something a bit more controversial, like cat leash ordinances – wait, not even petty tyrants would be foolish enough to try to leash cats. So moving on…

    Spinning the big wheel of controversy, we have: abortion, guns, taxes, immigration, felon voting rights, Israel, gay marriage, click, click, click, and we come to rest on – voting rights for felons.

  • I’ve been a bit jealous watching our neighboring school districts get started this week — I’m ready and excited to welcome everyone back to school here in Oldham County. We’ve had a very active summer with major renovations finishing at Oldham County Middle School and other building projects at South Oldham Middle and the Arvin Center, where we created new space for our OCS Engineering Academy. We also completed numerous facility projects across the district’s 22 schools and facilities.

  • Last week, my dad gave me all the pictures from my childhood. Among them are seven snapshots of the Pittsboro Kindergarten graduation of 1976. I can still remember the coolness, and slightly musty smell, of the church basement where the ceremony was held. I also recall the battle I had with my mom beforehand while she was trying to fix my hair.

  • So what are the residents of Oldham County supposed to do about the problems on Highway 71 north and south? This is the question people are asking themselves on a daily basis.

  • If God is good why is there so much evil? This is the question of theodicy that can never be fully answered. This is one of the most difficult questions in all of theology. God is eternal, infinite, omniscient, omnipresent and omnipotent and the creator of the universe. So why is there so much pain, death, struggle and evil in the world? Over the next four weeks I want to look at different facets of the problem of evil: 1) demonic evil, 2) human evil, 3) evil from the perspective of eternity and 4) trusting in the goodness of God.

  • Since boyhood, the lazy, hazy days of summer have been hubby’s favorite season, but in his grown-up world, he is typically out of the country from June through August. So, when a job was recently postponed, he wanted to fill the unexpected time home with as much summer fun as possible. We have crammed so many activities into the past two weeks that I feel like I’ve been in a time-warp dreamland and any minute now I am going to wake up exhausted.

  • No tax increase

    Same story again this year. Oldham County Schools needs more money so it increases taxes. I wouldn’t mind if the school district would use some other measures first before asking Oldham County property owners to pay more.

    Why doesn’t the district sell off some of the vacant land that they have acquired over the years? It’s my understanding that they own property next to the now closed Liberty Elementary. It was purchased with our tax dollars to build a replacement school but the school board has now changed their mind.

  • My wife Kathy and I love our dogs. In fact, it’s a three dog night at our home. We have a lhasa apso (Sadie), a Cavalier King Charles spaniel (Stella) and a maltipoo tripod (Tigger). Over the years we have had four poodles (Niki, T-Bear, Toby and Tucker) and a lhasa (Sassy). I like to say that dog is just God spelled backwards.

  • My appreciation for food started when I was very young. I grew up exposed to great food from my Italian grandmother and German Irish food from my other grandmother. My mother cooked with an American and international flare. Family gatherings were about fun and really great food.

  • Like it or not, conflict and adversity are as much a part of life as eating, drinking and breathing. Conflict and adversity serve very important purposes in our lives that are rarely accomplished by any other means. If you deal with them correctly, they will produce positive outcomes and strengthen your relationships at work and at home. If you don’t handle them correctly, they will produce negative outcomes and harm your potential for happiness and success.

  • The upside of being in my mid-forties is that I don’t particularly care anymore what people think of my behavior or my clothing. This gives me the freedom to push against what is expected from a woman my age. For the most part, hubby is totally on board when I try new things, change my style or randomly buy a house after living in the same place for 18 years. But sometimes, he’s a little too honest about my attempts.

  • Does God still use natural disasters to punish people for disobedience and evil? Pat Robertson of the 700 Club apparently believes God does. Just following the earthquake in Haiti he said, “Something happened a long time ago in Haiti and people might not want to talk about it. They were under the heel of the French. They got together and swore a pact to the devil…But ever since, they have been cursed by one thing after the other.”

  • Editor’s note: This is a new column as part of a partnership between The Oldham Era and Oldham County Chamber and Economic Development to give expert advice to the community. The views are those of the experts. Questions and answers submitted by Chamber personnel.

    Question:

    “After this harsh winter I am trying to liven up my landscaping in the front of my home. What flowers or plants would look really attractive from the street but would be really easy to upkeep? Are there flowers or shrubs that would especially thrive in this area?”