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Opinion

  • 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. 

  • Loving yourself is your greatest assignment in life.  At the end of the day, it’s not about them, it’s about you believing you’re worthy of being loved and seen for who you really are.

    Loving yourself is a quiet thing.  You don’t need blaring trumpets or a billboard to announce it to the world.  Instead, when you’ve learned how to love yourself, you will feel the quiet inward turning of your consciousness toward you, to your value, to the unrepeatable beauty that you are. 

  • When life gets too busy, our peripheral relationships often fall to the wayside.  Acquaintances go first and then friends who aren’t part of everyday life.  After that, family relationships begin to suffer: cousins, sisters-in-law and eventually uncles and aunts.  Sadly, we don’t always have time to spend cultivating these relationships, so they begin to fade. 

  • In a devotional recorded in A Fifth Portion of Chicken Soup for the Soul (© 1998), an encounter at the airport is shared by Michael Hargrave.  He tells of a man who is met by his family after his flight. 

    He hugs and kisses each as if he has been gone a long time, but with great passion he gives his wife the longest kiss Mr. Hargrave had ever witnessed, and then stares longingly into her eyes and then mouths the words, “I love you.”

  • If I had a dollar for every time I have heard that print journalism is dead, then paying my rent would be much easier.

    As a young person who chose to get a degree in photojournalism I’ve been called everything from brave to silly. However, after spending time with a few community newspapers I have gleefully discovered that people still want ink-stained fingers to accompany their coffee.

  • When we are clear, the world is clear to us.  When we have clarity of mind and heart, we know what to choose, where to go and whom to travel with.  When your body is clear – of chemical toxins, negative emotional residue, excess weight and mental chatter – your soul can proceed in the direction of goodness, truth and beauty.  When your body and mind and heart are all clear, you can move steadfastly in the direction of loving yourself.

  • City can’t interfere

    After reading the article in Nov. 7 EraI could not believe what was written about the power Pewee Valley claims over the cell tower installation by the Salem Assembly of God church at 209 LaGrange Road.

  • “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.