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Opinion

  • 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.

  • The sight of a vibrant red or green or blue (or the color of your choice) is a cue for me to notice something beautiful in my environment. When I see a stunning sunrise or sunset, I’m reminded to cherish beautiful experiences. When I encounter someone in need, I’m reminded to cherish within me an act of generosity. The Navajo blessing “May you walk in beauty” catches the essence of this spiritual practice. Beauty is both a path you travel and what surrounds you on the path. In the splendor of the creation, we see its outer forms.

  • To the editor:   The wounds of war are not always easy to see. In addition to the physical injuries sustained in conflict, countless servicemen and women have experienced psychological symptoms directly related to their deployment.  Recent studies estimate that 300,000 men and women have returned from Iraq and Afghanistan with severe depression or post-traumatic stress. And there are 18 suicides on average each day among America’s 25 million veterans.

  • Neighbors spend snow day in service to others

    To the editor:

    What wonderful care, love, and support we have received from our neighbors on Briarhill Road during my husband’s 10-day hospital time. But the sweetest and happiest care came from six children on our street.

    They knew that my husband, Pat, would be coming home from the hospital Friday afternoon and on that cold, blustery Friday morning they rang the door bell and asked if they could shovel our driveway.

  • As I think of the final years of my parents’ lives, I note that they were characterized by a continually failing ability to remember.

    With my dad and his dementia, it was mostly short-term events and people that would not come back to him.

    With Mom suffering from late stage Alzheimer’s, she has lost almost all recall of the distant past, or a few seconds earlier.

  • To the editor:

    On Sunday night (Dec. 27) my family and I were making our way home from Hurstbourne Lane to Crestwood. Driving on the “Gene Slider” was a mess. There wasn’t one salt truck to be seen and the condition of the roads were terrible. 

    Numerous wrecks and people sliding off the road all due to icy roads that were not treated before or during a wintry mix.

    While driving down Ky. 146 heading towards Crestwood there was a sight to be seen. 

  • Every year I receive a Christmas card from a former favorite teacher who always says he hopes I’m thriving and flourishing. I always tell him that I am. For I believe that I have been blessed to have been around many folks I call my heroes for everyday living who have taught me the lesson of “thriveability.” 

  • To the editor:

    It would be an understatement for me to say this is one of the most distressed Christmas holiday seasons most of us have had to endure. Normally during this time of year people are more concerned with shopping, baking cookies, putting up decorations, taking pictures of precious moments, scheduling all the holiday festivities and spending time with friends and family. Not this year. 

  • I was required to major in philosophy during seminary. At first I resisted. But the more I understood that a philosopher is a person seeking wisdom or enlightenment, the more value I discovered in philosophy. 

    I studied and learned about Immanuel Kant, the German philosopher, who provided his three famous questions to ask when we are dealing with difficult things. The three questions that deal with our questioning of our assumptions are:

    • What can I know?

    • What should I do?

    • What may I hope?

  • To the editor:

    My Christmas wish is for Sen.  Harris to promote Kentucky Proud/Oldham County thoroughbred racing and breeding to the same extent he does our Christmas trees.

    Bill Landes, Goshen