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Opinion

  • 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.

  • When my cousin celebrated her 10-year anniversary, I was reminded of an incident in my own marriage. Her wedding happened to be on the same evening as a much anticipated bluegrass music jam. I repeatedly asked hubby if he would prefer that I go to the wedding alone, but he assured me that he really wanted to attend.

  • Pay your bill

    I wish to make a few comments about the front-page article in last week’s Oldham Era regarding the business owner who refuses to pay his business license fee.

    I work in the City of La Grange and am subject to the city’s occupational tax. This results in my having to pay the city hundreds of dollars per year. Let me reiterate and capitalize for emphasis: HUNDREDS OF DOLLARS.

  • Every year we see marvelous and wonderful progress in the field of medical science. At one time diphtheria was one of the dreaded diseases of humankind. But today, nobody is afraid of diphtheria; it has practically been eliminated. So has smallpox, and thank God, so has polio. Pneumonia used to be a dreaded disease, but today, the physicians have medicines that can deal with pneumonia. Great progress is being made daily in the field of cancer. Medical science marches on to new heights.

  • As I was driving to work last week on one of those particularly cold mornings, my car beeped at me and alerted me to the fact I only had enough gas to get 10 more miles down the road.

    I pulled into the next closest gas station, fought the frigid gusts of wind to get the pump started, then hightailed it back into the car to snuggle into my heated seat. Then I texted a co-worker on my cell phone that I would be just a few minutes late getting to the office.

    Later it occurred to me the scene would have been entirely different just 20 years ago.

  • Gallup did a survey this summer. It asked people how much confidence they had in various institutions.

    According to the survey, only 7 percent of Americans said they trusted Congress a great deal or quite a lot, compared with 29 percent who trusted the presidency.

  • As I sit here at my favorite local restaurant, I am reminded how nice it is to live in a place where I can order what I want and the servers never argue with me. This might seem odd in a country where “have it your way” is a major marketing slogan, but after two months in Berlin, Germany, I realize we are truly lucky.

    The German people tend to be very rigid and that carries over to the food service industry. Hubby noticed it first.

  • Some time ago I was in another city and a friend offered to fly me home in his little two-seater airplane. On the way he suddenly realized we had gotten off course and were lost. We couldn’t see any landmarks to guide us, the ground below was rough and there was no place to land. My friend was concerned we could run out of gas. There was no radio in the plane to check our course. For a time, life for us was a very uncomfortable experience.

  • On Monday, Nov. 17, the snow brought down limbs from one of our trees and blocked Barkwood Dr. A neighbor called the Oldham County Road Dept. and a crew came right out and pushed the limbs out of the road. On Wednesday, Nov. 19, the road crew came out and removed the limbs from our yard. Here’s a big thank you to the road crews for your great service.

    Becky and Jim Smith, Buckner

    Thanks to voters

    I am Jim Key. I ran for Magistrate in District 6.

  • Over the last two weeks I have shared some basic information about why I think the Bible is a reliable and authoritative word from God. The following story illustrates vividly that God uses His word to change lives. The following is taken from a letter written by Mils and Sandy Becker in 1995.

  • November is National Diabetes Awareness Month and in recent years the spotlight has been on Type 2 Diabetes and its precursor – known as prediabetes. Both conditions have been increasing at startling rates in the adult population.

    New statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that 86 million people in the U.S. have prediabetes, up from 79 million people in 2010. The number of type 2 diabetes cases also continues to grow, fueled in part by a continued rise in the rate of obesity.