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Opinion

  • The pastor took his customary place at the back of the church to greet the Easter crowd. As usual, the crowd had swelled to fill the sanctuary.

    The pastor saw a friend whom he knew came to church only Christmas and Easter, and said, “Hi John, I’d like to take this opportunity to say ‘Merry Christmas,’ since I probably won’t see you here again before that.”

    John muttered on the way home, “Won’t see me until Christmas! I’ll show him!”

  • To the editor:

    A ridiculous controversy has ensued lately about Elsie Carter’s “Mayor on Patrol” car, a retired police cruiser adorned with clown-like markings that our mayor drives around town.

    Earlier this month, Carter’s friend (and our superintendent of public works) Darleen Rusnak, told The Courier-Journal that the idea for the vehicle came from an unsuccessful applicant for the city’s police department who blamed Carter for his not getting hired and called her “Mayor on Patrol.”

  • Donations to park are appreciated

    To the editor:

    The board of Veterans Memorial Park of Kentucky Inc. appreciated the article in the April 1 edition of The Oldham Era about the program and looks forward to the park’s development.

    Support for the park may be in the form of a donation or a $2,000 sponsorship of one the markers that will provide information about a war/campaign where Americans fought and died serving their     country.

  • I ‘ve volunteered for many different organizations over the years including Hosparus, Home of the Innocents, Rotary and various churches. Each time I volunteer, I receive far more than I give. We have some 400 volunteers at Hosparus of Louisville. They constantly give thanks for being a hospice volunteer because of all they receive from the experience. We’re grateful for their work and are humbled by their willingness to serve.

  • Jesus said to his disciples, “...in me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation; but cheer up, I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).

    On a spectacular spring day, Mom and her 6-year-old son were working in the garden. Mom was absorbed in her work while the little boy explored the miracle of growing things exploding everywhere. He picked up a daffodil bud and studied it. Then with his two little hands he tried to force it open into full blossom.

  • Political signs seem to disappear

    Political signs

    seem to disappear

    To the editor:

    Over a period of several weeks, supporters of David Harper have been placing political signs in the community for the upcoming election and the signs have been disappearing at night. ... I hope readers are aware that the theft and/or removal of these signs is a crime and punishable by law, as is the defacement of the signs.

  • For the past few months, many of us at The Oldham Era have been discussing how best to mark our community’s achievements as a local newspaper residents can be proud of.

    We’re examining everything about the The Oldham Era from its purpose and its place in our readers’ lives to its content and design. We are asking our readers, advertisers and employees how we can make The Oldham Era an even better newspaper.

  • In a landmark decision of the Supreme Court of the United States, Justice William Brennan wrote this country has “a profound national commitment to the principle that debate on public issues should be uninhibited, robust, and wide-open, and that it may well include vehement, caustic, and sometimes unpleasantly sharp attacks on government and public officials.”

    Kentucky legislators failed to honor that principle when they voted to allow elected school board members to evaluate the performance of school superintendents in secret.

  • Why were the disciples so surprised that Jesus rose from the dead? Do you remember what Jesus told them at Caesarea Philippi? He said, “the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days rise again” (Mark 8:31). The Bible records a number of other times Jesus tells them he will suffer and die.

  • To the editor:

    Back in the 1970s I worked in the Detroit area as a parent volunteer  implementing the guidelines of Title IX when the law was still fairly new and understandably not yet fully implemented in school systems. 

    I was amazed to read in the article “No Girls Allowed” that some 30 years later our Oldham County school board and school administrators still do not seem fully informed about and prepared to implement the provisions of this far reaching law. 

    Jane A. Lapinski

  • Some of the more popular self-help bromides and old sayings include:

    • Keep all your options open.

    • You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.

    • Leave nothing to chance.

    • Climb every mountain.

    • Dream the impossible dream.

    • You can’t change occupations because you’re past your prime.

    • Refuse to accept second best.

    • Don’t take no for an answer.

    • Treat your children like adults.

    • Keep a stiff upper lip.

  • 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.