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Opinion

  • “Mommy, wake up! We’re back where we started!”

    Hubby and I, along with our two little ones, had fallen asleep on the train.  I glanced at my phone. It was nearly 1 a.m.  Then the announcement, “All passengers are requested to exit at this stop.” 

  • When I was a little girl, my family lived close enough to town that I could walk to the grocery store. One summer day, my sister and I decided to walk to the store for ice cream and took our dog, Hobo, with us. Hobo soon got hot and tired and demanded he be carried the rest of the way.

  • I remember a delightful evening with friends.  Our hosts had a four-year-old whose favorite super hero was Bible man. He wanted to impress us so he got on his costume.

    He put on his Bible Man mask, his Luke Skywalker light saber, and his Bible woman cape because the purple looks cool, and his Bible man cape was torn.

    His mother asks him the Bible man questions, “Are you ready for battle?” He proclaims yes! She asks about his helmet, shield, sword, and shoes. He makes all the appropriate cute responses.  

  • Our society surrounds us with a great cloud of enticement.  Wherever we turn we confront the claim that happiness is just around the corner, a matter of having more or better or newer things.  The father of American capitalism certainly endorsed this creed.  John D. Rockefeller, when asked what would make him happy, is said to have replied, “One dollar more.”

  • What is this? Let’s pick on the mayor month? Give it a rest.

    I feel that Bill Lammlein was voted into a mess. The former mayor certainly did not leave the city all tidy and up to date. There was a lot of unfinished business that the mayor had to wade through and figure out the best way he could. Papers were missing, computers gone, along with furniture.

    The Oldham Reserve was dumped into his lap. No one had asked him anything about this. It was not bought on his watch.

  • By Todd Early

    Oldham County EMS Director

    Heart disease has a staggering impact on the nation, Commonwealth and Oldham County. Kentucky is eighth nationally in cardiovascular disease death rates with about 1,100 deaths annually.

    About 15 percent of all hospitalizations and 30 percent of all Kentucky deaths are related to heart disease. In Oldham County, EMS responds to an average of 320 heart-related calls annually in addition to about 100 heart rhythm disturbances and 30 heart attacks.

  • I am leaving beautiful Berlin and will soon be home again in Indiana.

    As my visit comes to a close, I find myself wondering once more why my ancestors ever chose to leave such a place.

    Make no mistake, I love the U.S. and am proud and thankful to be an American, but three hundred years ago, things were different.  It’s hard to imagine what my grandparents were thinking when they left family, community, and traditions behind and set sail for the unknown.

  • In last week’s edition, a reporter incorrectly identified the Pewee Valley Mayor. His name is Bob Rogers, not Mike. We apologize for the error.

  •   Over 70% of adults read their community newspapers. Are you in that statistic?

    While metropolitan daily newspapers and urban television stations cover international, national and state news, along with the ocassional local story if it is sensational enough, your community newspaper focuses on the people, places and things in a very specific area.

  • I know I have some very big shoes to fill. I never knew Tony Cotten, but he did leave me an inheritance.

    Just one week into the job as publisher here at The Oldham Era, I’ve heard so many wonderful comments about Tony.

    “Tony had a big personality.”

    “Tony had a dry wit that would knock you over.”

    “Because of Tony, the dreams of my fourth-grade storyteller’s heart came true.”

  • We may be a little more than halfway through 2013, but in Washington and state governments across the country, the focus is increasingly on federal actions taken in 2011.

  • To the editor:

    I wish to address the 1929 dining car that is being placed on the tracks near the museum. I feel this is a very dangerous place to put it, as there are no crossing lights at this intersection and the trains cannot blow their whistle at the crossing.

    It was hard to see down the tracks with the engine there, and now they are adding this other car.

  • To the editor:

    The La Grange City Council on Monday, Aug. 8, passed a 1 percent compensation tax. According to the ordinance, 100 percent of the funds collected through the tax will be used to pay the city’s bond obligation on Oldham Reserve business park.

    Oldham Reserve is a 1,000-acre business development located off of Exit 22 on Interstate 71. It is home to The Rawlings Company, an 8OO-person operation; the average salary there is $63,000. From an economic development and spin-off perspective, this is equivalent to two or three medium-sized businesses.

  • Last week, on the occasion of my eldest child’s 21st birthday, I spent most of the day trying to garner compliments. 

    Perhaps “compliment” is the wrong word. It was really reassurance that I needed. I didn’t care who said it, I just wanted to hear those magical words: “My goodness, young lady! You do not look anywhere near old enough to have a 21-year-old daughter!”

  • For generations now, students have been taught that Abraham Lincoln was the first native Kentuckian to be U.S. President.

    Technically speaking, however, that’s not true.

  • To the editor:

    Project Guild of La Grange would like to send out a special thank-you to the community of Oldham County and its visitors for attending the 43rd annual Oldham County Day. 

    The Grand Marshal Luncheon, sponsored by Citizens Union Bank; the YMCA 1M and 5K races; the Dancing in the Street concerts on Friday and Saturday nights, sponsored by the city of La Grange; and the annual La Grange Rotary pancake breakfast were all successful.

  • To the editor:

    It was with some concern that I learned last week that my cancellation notice for the 2013 Annual Veterans Recognition Event had not been printed by The Oldham Era this past week or the week before.

    For several reasons, it was necessary for me to cancel this year’s event, and the newspaper had promised to publish the notice to that effect. It was my goal to inform readers that, after seven years of hosting this event on the second Thursday in August, I am unable this year to hold it.

  • At 43, it’s probably time to stop saying, “when” I become middle-aged, and accept that I’ve arrived. I don’t know what the official marker is for middle-aged, but I seriously doubt I’m going to make it to 86. 

  • We all had role models growing up. Maybe you still do.

    Who was your role model? Why did you choose the person? What qualities did he/she possess?

    Did your role model fall in your eyes over time? 

  • Mayor Greg Fischer has proclaimed Louisville to be “Compassion City.” 

    What a noble thing to do! For compassion is the unique human ability to care about other people, to be considerate of others and sensitive to their needs.