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Opinion

  • To the editor:

    I would like to thank The Oldham Era for shedding some light on the school district’s inequalities with respect to gender in its athletic programs.

    I also appreciate your efforts to present a balanced story by giving viewpoints from both sides of the issue. However, by closing the article with six paragraphs on how nice the recent use of the facility has been for the girls without a single mention of how the facility has been so much nicer for the boys, the pendulum swung back too far and the article seemed to lose its balance.

  • To the editor:

    It’s an election year in Oldham County. On May 18, voters have a chance to select a number of leaders for elected office including the Oldham County judge-executive, county clerk, county jailer and other positions.

  • On Veteran’s Day 2008, Chief Warrant Officer Richard Wright of La Grange visited his daughter’s school to talk to the children about what it is like to serve in the military.

    Wright was a member of the 416th Facility Engineer Team 8 of Fort Knox at the time. Continuing the tradition, Wright once again found himself visiting a school near Veteran’s Day 2009. 

    In 2009 Wright was there to insure that the children had a safe and effective school in which to study.

  • To the editor:

     

    This is the third year my daughter has run for the Lady Mustangs’ track and field team. Actually this year I have two girls running for the Lady Mustangs track team.  

     

    I have a few comments regarding the article in the March 18 edition of The Oldham Era.

     

    1) You are a day late and a dollar short. Talk about being late, the girls locker room has been ready and in use since the first day of the season.

     

  • After Jesus was baptized the Gospel of Mark says, “The Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. He was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him (Mark 1:12-13).”

    This scripture verse is the background for the Christian observance of the 40 days before Easter as a time of personal testing of one’s faith. This time is traditionally called Lent. We need such times in our life to take inventory of our values and beliefs, as this Arab fable illustrates.

  • What is the most amazing prayer story you have ever heard? Whatever it is I can top it. Below is the story of a 110-year prayer vigil that changed the world, and the way churches think about missions.

    It is unbelievable to me how few people know the story, and it is time Christians tell it again, not so much in word, but in deed. That is on our knees with head bowed, praying for God to send a great revival to our country.

  • To the editor:

    Sen. Jim Bunning and his Republican brethren did not complain about, nor did they filibuster against, any tax breaks or spending bills granting huge benefits to wealthy taxpayers and big business during the eight years of Republican control under Pres. George Bush.

  • To the editor:

    I cannot believe how often school has been closed this year for snow. School has been called off for a half-inch of snow and even when there was a chance of snow.  It’s a good thing our school officials don’t live in New York, we would never have school. Do the officials not want to get out or the bus drivers afraid to drive in it? What is the problem?

    These kids are going to have to go all summer just to make up these days.

  • Somewhere along life’s journey I came into possession of a 1940 wall map of Kentucky that has provided hours of     entertainment.

    I get a kick from reading names of some of the communities, many of which probably had schools and post offices at one time, but are now just faded memories.

    There were lots of common themes followed when it came to assigning names to places.

    For instance, you won’t find many counties that don’t have places named in honor of females.

    In Estill county the names include Patsey, Evelyn and Ola.

  • Noticing how my dogs perk up their ears at the slightest sound, I am reminded to keep my ears open to the world around me and to listen. Whenever I tell a story to a friend and sense he or she isn’t really attending to it, I vow to be a better listener.

    But it takes practice to be a really good listener. Start by listening like a baby does upon encountering a sound for the first time. Then listen like a child, noticing music, rhythm and the variety of noises.

  • To the editor:

    On Nov. 14, the doors of La Grange Baptist Church opened wide to a long line of children, families and adults at risk for the H1N1 influenza virus. These doors were opened wide to the Oldham County community so that they could receive the H1N1 Influenza vaccine. 

  • To the editor:

    The opening of the 2010 Winter Olympics – what wonderful timing for our extra frigid weather this year. As if the gods on Olympus knew we were all suffering from the doldrums of the season, they blessed us with the thrills and chills of the world’s best athletes. 

    The political agenda is left behind and competitors and fans alike from all nations embrace the warmth that takes away the chill of war and the strife of everyday life. 

  • When I used to teach spirituality courses, we did an exercise in affirming others. It was a simple activity, yet one of the most effective teaching techniques I ever used. 

    We arranged the desks in a semi-circle facing a single chair called the “hot seat,” which each student took a turn in. In the first part of the exercise, the one in the hot seat was asked to tell the rest of us: “What’s good about me?”

  • To the editor:

    2010 is an election year for many city, county and state offices. Many candidates have filed to run against incumbents.

    I would like to issue a challenge to all parties seeking election to run clean campaigns.

    In some elections, candidates use fault-finding, mud-slinging tactics, even lawsuits in a desperate attempt to get votes. Voters in Oldham County are weary of this type of politics.

    A candidate should promote his or her qualifications, experience and knowledge of the office they seek, not attack the opponent.

  • To the editor:

    In the Jan. 28 edition, the Skylight Country store cries foul, claiming that EPA is trying to put small gas stations out of business. Is that really true? Of course not! Many environmental laws have been enacted to protect air, land and water that we humans require to sustain our lives. The Leaking Underground Storage Tank program is one such set of laws and regulations.

  •  To an adult an oak tree is just a tree, a cloud passing before the moon is just a cloud like those that have gone before. But to a child that same tree is a jungle gym and that same cloud is an elephant in the sky. Things happen for the first time to a child. The world is born fresh with each pulse of time.

  •  To the editor:

    As a parent and president of the South Oldham Middle School PTSA, I am writing to respond to a letter in the Jan. 21 edition regarding the Harlem Wizards basketball game sponsored by our PTSA. 

    We are tremendously proud of the event that brought so many members of our community together to enjoy a true night of family entertainment while raising much needed funds for our school technology program. 

  • To the editor:   On Nov. 14, our family attended the Harlem Wizards basketball game. It was hosted by South Oldham Middle School and advertised as a family event. Before the game, a Wizards player pulled a grown woman to the middle of the basketball court. Music began, and he used sexually provocative gestures, thrusting his pelvis toward the woman to the beat of the music. This started and stopped three times before the player bear-hugged the woman.

  • To the editor:

    How fortunate the residents of Oldham County are to live in a community where businesses, organizations and residents generously give financial support to their future community leaders. Even during times of financial uncertainty, Oldham County has kept its sights on the future by offering scholarships to high school graduates who hope to attend college or seek advanced technical training. 

  •  As a true Kentuckian, I love basketball. And I love all aspects of the game – the three point shot, the slam dunk, rebounding, good defense, court positioning, and the beauty of a well-executed play. 

    But maybe the greatest move in basketball that turns around more games is the time-out. The time-out can halt the opponent’s momentum, give your team a chance to rest or calculate a way to score an easy bucket.