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Opinion

  • The New Year is here and we can vow to eat healthier this year. Maybe you should try a new restaurant, here locally we have Mexican, Chinese or Italian, among others. I have to go to Louisville to get Irish, German or other unique ethnic foods.

  • As the Executive Director of Discover Downtown La Grange, I wanted to take a moment to thank the community leaders, first responders, Public Works, sponsors and volunteers for sharing their holiday time to come together for Light Up La Grange. They worked so hard putting it all together. For me personally, I feel very blessed to have worked with such a great crew of helpers. And wow — what an amazing turnout!

  • Arriving early one Sunday a preacher sat down at a local donut shop, opened his Bible and went over his sermon notes. A man at the counter asked, “You a preacher or something?” The preacher replied that he was and the man asked which church. The preacher told him which church and he responded excitedly that he went to that church.

    The preacher said, “I’ve been preaching there for about three months and I’ve never seen you there.”

  • Our district’s teachers, administrators and staff deserve praise for their constant efforts to ensure the learning of every student in our district. But equally deserving recognition and an expression of gratitude are the locally-elected members of our Board of Education.

  • New Year’s resolutions are always a tricky subject.

    We all know the normal ones: weight loss, get a better job, try something new, etc. And for most of us, those resolutions are broken usually within six weeks.

    Luckily, I’ve been able to keep my personal resolutions of the last two years (I’m showing off, I get it), and so as editor of your weekly paper, I wanted to make some public resolutions for the Era for 2015.

  • First let me say that this is something I have never done, but certainly have been tempted when reading letters to the editor. Somehow I have always restrained myself and moved on. But not this time. “Disappointed in Light Up” had to be addressed and a “colossal disappointment” really could not go without saying something.

  • We all know the nature of ripples. We throw a stone and it causes ripples. We say something and it causes ripples. We take action and it causes ripples. We belong to a community or an organization or a workplace (small or large) and our behavior there causes ripples. All those ripples affect other people. All those other people are throwing their stones as well, and their ripples are affecting us.

  • Another year is coming to a close. It happens so quickly anymore. Year after year passes like an older brother who can’t walk by without frogging your thigh or putting you in a headlock. Time itself isn’t painful, but the swiftness with which it passes leaves me feeling like I just encountered a vicious older sibling. And I’m left wondering, “What did I do to deserve that?”

  • A man called his parents to wish them a happy New Year and his dad answered the phone. He said, “Hi Dad, what’s your New Year’s resolution?” His Dad answered proudly, “To make your mother as happy as I can all year.” When Mom got on the phone he asked her the same question and she answered, “To see that your dad keeps his New Year’s resolution.”

  • Last month, the people of Kentucky elected me to be their Senator for the next six years and in the process helped me become Senate Majority Leader. I am deeply honored and humbled by the faith the voters have placed in me.

    The message from the electorate in Kentucky and nationwide could not have been more clear: the public wants a change in direction and expects things to get done in Washington. I am pleased to report that just in the past several weeks, I have been able to fight for and secure a number of positive measures to help improve the lives of Kentucky families.

  • My goal in life with my work at Hosparus and in my ministry projects is to care for others with great conviction and passion. But sometimes I have to be reminded by my dear wife to take care of myself. Sometimes I have to tell other hospice workers and ministers to take care of themselves.

    Many of us who are care providers are far more anxious about having to confront whatever will come up in the empty space, when we are quiet and alone. Who knows what terror lurks in the anonymous solitude? What voices will arise in the silence?

  • Dear Santa,

  • Ed. note: Ask the Expert is a column submitted by the Oldham County Chamber. The question and answers are solicited by them.

    QUESTION: My arthritis is worse in cold-weather months. Tips on how I can manage this?

    ANSWER: “Many people experience a worsening of arthritis symptoms in cold, wet months during the fall and winter,” shared Jeremy Statton, MD, who is with Baptist Northeast Orthopedics, part of Baptist Health La Grange. “The arthritis itself isn’t worse but the pain associated with arthritis is often more intense.

  • I don’t know where this story came from, but I love the way an unsuspecting traveler finds himself in the middle of a miracle. Jerry is on his way to Chicago on business and prays, “Please God, do me a favor. Let there be an empty seat next to mine, I don’t need any distractions.” Instead, he is seated next to a young boy named Michael, who is traveling unattended and he is scared. As the jet prepares for takeoff Jerry says to Michael, “Right about now, I usually say a prayer. I ask God to keep the plane safe and to send angels to protect us.”

  • The prophet Isaiah writes, “This is what the LORD says to me: “As a lion growls, a great lion over its prey - and though a whole band of shepherds is called together against it, it is not frightened by their shouts or disturbed by their clamor - so the LORD Almighty will come down to do battle on Mount Zion and on its heights” (Isaiah 31:4). Who is this great lion, the Lord God Almighty, who fights these great battles?

  • Dear Santa,

    How are you doing? My neam is Abigail. I am six. I am a stdut at Harmony Elementary. How are the effs? I wot a love dog for Christmas. I dzrv it bkuss I do the deshis. I wil lev you six ceoos. Medre Christmas.

    Love, Abigail

    Dear Santa,

    How are you doing? My nam is Laurel. I am five yers old. I am a kid at Harmony Elementary. How are your elfs? I want a zmre for Chismas. I dzf it becuz I hlp my momy in the kihn. I like it whn you brg the paznts. Santa I wil giv you three coces with milk. Merry Crismas.

    Love, Laurel

  • The holidays are just around the corner, bringing many joyous gatherings and heaps of delicious treats that show up everywhere. Often, we resign ourselves to the many weeks of inevitable indulgence and resolve to get back on track after ringing in the New Year. This year, why not make a resolution now to adopt some healthier habits through the holidays?

  • Disappointed in Light Up

  • I tried to hold onto what I knew to be absolute truth, but the hardcore facts were staring me in the face.

    I pride myself on my vast knowledge of Barry Manilow lyrics. I became a fan over 30 years ago, at an age when my hearing was intact and my thirst for pop culture knowledge was at its strongest. So, I was a bit surprised when someone stated that “dictuend” is not a word.

    “Oh, yes it is,” I argued. “It means to dictate or orchestrate.”

    “Use it in a sentence,” they challenged.