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Opinion

  • The holiday season presents particularly stressful situations to those struggling with grief. For many, this is the first holiday since the death of a loved one. Many can’t bear to see a Christmas tree. Every light, gift box and song invokes a painful recollection. These memories come at inopportune times, sometimes accompanied by a single tear, and sometimes with an anguish that buckles the knees. We each have to fight our way back towards “normal” and holidays are part of that struggle.

  • When my grandfather passed away in February of 1990, it was the first major loss in my life. I fumbled through the grieving process, desperately trying to be strong for my grandmother whose home I moved into on the day grandpa died. I had been instructed by well-meaning relatives that I should not cry in front of her, but it was so very difficult to remain stoic while she grieved.

  • Someone has well said, “God must have had a good sense of humor, else God could not have made monkeys, pelicans and some of us.” Laughter gives us a wholesome attitude towards one another. When two people laugh together, there is a sense of belonging. Laughter carries with it sympathy for others; it tends to remove suspicion, doubts and antagonism. When we laugh together, we feel united, we are ready to forgive, and we begin to love. People cannot hate each other while they are laughing.

  • Upset with school taxes

    In the letter 12/12 to the editor, Mr. Maggio seems to think that Oldham school taxes are fair, far from it.

    It is not easy as a senior citizen living on social security. Of my annual social security, one month of my income is consumed by the Oldham County school tax, not to mention tax on the water and phone bills.

  • Dear Santa,

    My name is Anderson and I have been a good 2 year old boy. I sing Christmas songs to my family and friends to make them happy. I also am a good listener except when I knocked over the Christmas Tree. For Christmas I want Batman sheets, so he can keep me safe like my dad. I will leave out cookies and milk in my cup so you don’t spill.

    Love, Anderson Parrott

    Dear Santa,

  • What do kids think about marriage?

    Ten-year-old Kristen says, “No person really decides before they grow up who they’re going to marry. God decides it all way before, and you get to find out later who you’re stuck with.”

    Camille, 10, says you might be able to tell if a couple is married based on whether they seem to be yelling at the same kids.

    Lynnette, 8, says about dating, “Dates are for having fun, and people should use them to get to know each other. Even boys have something to say if you listen long enough.”

  • Anyone know who from Oldham County attended Nelson Mandela’s funeral on Air Force One this week? Who was backstage at the Tonight Show a couple of weeks ago, or who is leaving for Africa again tomorrow?

    Let me assure you, it was not any of our local elected officials. It is not even any of the current residents.

  • Turning on a light is my cue to practice hope. When I plant a seed or a bulb, I am reminded to plant hope in my heart. Whenever I meet people who are thrashing about in gloom and doom I vow to hold up the banner of hope.

  • In 1962 the good doin’ U.S. Army took me out of Philadelphia and put me into a strange place. It had strange people, strange food and strange language. It was South Carolina. I was there 16 to 17 weeks and got to like it. I even got used to and enjoyed grits (something I never saw growing up in the north).

  • Dear Santa,

    I love you, Santa. Mrs. Claus, I love you too. I love the elves too.Thank you for all of the toys you bring us.

    Love,

    Anna Claire Sidwell

    5 years old

     

    Deer Santa,

    I bin good this yeer. I hope you can find our new house. How many hours does it take you to deliver all of the toys?

    Sincerely,

    Jack Sidwell

    7 years old

     

    Dear Santa,

    My name is Mallory and I am 6 years old.

  • When do you think this news headline was written? “Gambling, robbery, sexual immorality and violence are prevalent. Half of all children are born out of wedlock; purity and fidelity to the marriage vow are sneered out of fashion. Corruption in politics is rampant. The world is broken.” This was written in 1694.

  • Of my five children, one is in Australia for a year, one is at Purdue University, one is at IU and the other two are still young enough to be safely home with mommy. Thanksgiving was my first holiday to experience the joy of welcoming two kids home, while at the same time battling the melancholy that settled into my heart due to one child not celebrating with us at all.

  • After reading the article “School Board Approves New Boundaries” in The Oldham Era, I was reminded of the last election. The voters had a chance to rid themselves of four of the school board vermin, including the ring leader and chose not to. Thankfully, I no longer have children in the system. My only involvement now is to pay thieving amounts to fund it. I absolutely have no sympathy for the negatively impacted of us as we had our chance to change things and did not take it.

    Chuck Kimberl

    Goshen, KY

  • The most precious valuable gift you can ever hope to offer any human being is this one, simple, true thing: You.

    -Your presence, showing up.

    -Being in the company of another, undistracted, unhurried, with an open heart, gentle hands and a patient soul.

    -Willing and able to listen, do something or do nothing, willing to be surprised by whatever emerges in the soil of sharing your present, loving company with another human being.

  • With our first “snow” already behind us, the possibility of inclement weather continues to increase and we think more and more about the transportation of students on snowy or icy roads. However, I take comfort in knowing we have a great staff that works tirelessly to make decisions on closing or delaying school, always keeping the safety of our students as their top priority.

  • I sat on the couch, making my Thanksgiving grocery list, while hubby and our seven-year-old daughter laid on their bellies and colored pictures in front of the fireplace.  My ears perked up when I heard daughter ask, “Wouldn’t it be weird if you could live without a head?”

    One never knows what’s taking place in the mind of a child.  I smiled as I heard hubby say, “Have you ever heard of…”

  • Over the last month I have seen and heard more Christmas commercials than ever and we haven’t even gotten to Thanksgiving.

     Thanksgiving has become the forgotten holiday which is sadly all too common in America.  For a land blessed with such an amazing bounty we sure do have a lot of whining, moaning and complaining about the lack of stuff and that is just under my own roof.  Have you decided to give a living will of thankfulness to your family and friends?  What keeps you from being more thankful?

  • I recently had the opportunity to attend a meeting of the Oldham County Fiscal Court.  I have lived in Oldham County for 37 years, yet this was the first meeting I was able to attend.  These meetings are currently held at 2 p.m. on the first and third Tuesdays of the month, but fortunately for the past 37 years, I have had a job.