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Opinion

  • It’s election season — and that means campaigns are making confetti out of data. 
    Because no matter your argument, there’s always a statistic to back it up. 
    Take, for instance, elections for the Oldham County Board of Education — a pivotal race that could drastically alter the course of Oldham County Schools. 
    Numbers have been flying around like monkeys in the Wizard of Oz. 
    During a candidate forum Sept. 25, Division 3 candidate Gary Gibson cited a number of statistics that have been fact-checked since the forum. 

  • Twenty-one years ago, when hubby and I were planning our wedding, I wasn’t really sure how to go about choosing songs. I knew I didn’t want recorded music, but finding sheet music was a bit difficult.
    Back in those days, we didn’t have the benefit of Googling the lyrics.
     We have never really had a song that we refer to as “our song.” Our song changes with each stage of our relationship. When we first began dating, we listened to a lot of Roger Miller.

  • To the editor:
    My family adopted a dog from Camp Canine in April. It was the best experience for us. We let everyone know that Zippy came from Camp Canine. We think it’s the best program in the world.  
    We met three inmates when we were selecting our dog. They were all very personable and thankful that we were supporting the program. They told us that it was teaching them responsibility and other valuable skills.

  • There are multiple ways to measure success. As your judge-executive, however, the primary method I use to gauge success is customer satisfaction. Are the citizens of Oldham County pleased with how their county government has function this year? I hope so. 

  • Dear Santa,

    We’ve tried to be very, very good at The Oldham Era this year. We might have been naughty once or twice, but hopefully you’ll embrace the holiday spirit and forgive us. We have a few things to ask you for this year — hopefully they’ll fit under our tree...

  • Oldham county resident Dr. Jeff Allen has been involved in the thoroughbred business as a parking lot attendant and usher at Churchill Downs as well as a hotwalker, groom and now owner of racehorses.

  • In the April 21 edition, we offered space for residents to debate conservatism in the United States. It is our intention for the opinion section of The Oldham Era to serve as a sounding board for your views, and we welcome your comments.

  • By Dodie Huff-Fletcher
    Prevention Division of Seven Counties Services Inc.

    While most adolescents do not use alcohol, some do. But the question is – how do they get it?
    It’s a question of accessibility. Adolescents report that they get their alcohol from three places: a home, a friend or older relative, or from the store using an illegal ID.

  • Several readers responded to Publisher Tony Cotten this week regarding his column, “Irresponsible words, guns and politicians,” that appeared in the Jan. 18 edition of The Oldham Era. Below are their words.

    Tony –

  • House for sale to school board only
    To the editor:
    I am interested in selling my home, however, I only want to sell to the  Oldham County Board of Education since they are willing to buy property at three times the appraisal cost.  
    They can give me a call anytime.
    R. Berry Hampton
    La Grange

  • To the editor:
    What do the words planning & zoning suggest to you?  Because there is hardly any planning nor zoning involved at Brentwood. 
    I have watched this “monster” develop since 2004, then 2006 when the plans for Brentwood were turned down by the commission for just cause. 

  • To the editor:
    Can we go back to the days when a tornado watch meant that conditions were favorable for a tornado, and a tornado warning meant there was an actual tornado on the ground?
    Now, every time when there is a dark cloud coming over the local area, the tornado sirens are going off and the media and meteorologists are panicking.

  • The time has come, to say goodbye...
    Sorry. I realize the headline and that first line of this column are stolen from someone who’s said it before – Shakespeare and the Mickey Mouse Club, naturally.
    But it’s procrastination, delaying the inevitable, which is telling you all that I’m leaving this newspaper, just one week from today.

  • To the editor:

    Oldham County is a wonderful place to have a small business!!

    The Gathering Room Quilt Shop chose to participate in the Hopes and Dreams Quilt Challenge benefiting ALS (Lou Gherig’s Disease) this year.

    The support of my customers and friends along with the local businesses made it possible for us to reach our goal of donating over 100 quilts for this worthwhile cause. What a proud day it was when we drove to Virginia Beach, VA to deliver 127 completed quilts along with a monetary donation in July.

  • I’ve always loved our Kentucky state motto, “United We Stand, Divided We Fall.” The sight of people from different races and countries, on the street or on TV, is my cue to practice unity. Listening to all the voices in a choir blending together, I am reminded of the glory of unity. When I collaborate with my colleagues on a project, I vow to devote all my God-given talents to promote unity. For we all have the same color bones.

  • To the editor:

    In the late 1960s and early 1970s, thousands of young men and women returned to the United States after having served our country in the Vietnam War.

    It turned out to be the war everyone wanted to forget – except those of us who fought there.

    Most of us were 17 to 22 years old, more than 8,000 miles from home and scared to death ... We prayed, we fought, we bled and some died. But we did as we felt we were expected to do, and none of us came home the same as when we left.

  •  In Matthew 16:24-28 Jesus is teaching the disciples about how the Messiah must suffer and die. He then challenges them to take up their crosses and follow him. 

  • There are three kinds of forgiveness, all interrelated. There is self-forgiveness, which enables us to release our guilt and perfectionism. There is the forgiveness we extend to others and receive from them, intimates and enemies alike. And there is the forgiveness of God, which assures us of our worth and strengthens us for this practice.

  • County attorney candidate's reputation stands alone

    To the editor:

    This is a first for me, after 44 years in La Grange, my first letter to the editor.

    I applaud the nine members of the Oldham County Republican Executive Committee in their selection of John K. Carter to replace the late John Fendley as a candidate for Oldham County attorney in the November election.

    As the only local attorney who has worked with every county attorney from George Williamson in 1966 to John Fendley in 2010, I endorse John Carter without reservation.