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Today's Opinions

  • A Mary and Joseph kind of Christmas

    Stepping outside onto our back patio, the frigid early morning air startles me, smacking my cheeks like a trainer popping the face of a prizefighter, making sure the boxer is fully conscious.

    Moments before, I had been inside listening to the news reports: the murders in San Bernardino, Calif., were likely the result of a terrorist attack, the newscaster reports, and this on the heels of the murders in Colorado, Springs, Col., at a Planned Parenthood Clinic, and just a few days before that, the terrorist attack in Paris, France.

  • Cook says he wants best for all residents

    In order to set the record straight concerning Mike Deaton’s comments (CKNJ, Dec. 17 issue) about it being more important to give Taylor County Schools money to “take down a building that no one is going to occupy,” and Campbellsville Independent Schools being denied money from the emergency School Facility Construction Commission fund, I submit the following statement.

  • The true Christmas story

     

    And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.

    (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)

    And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.

    And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David.)

    To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.

  • The true Christmas story

     

    And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.

    (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)

    And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.

    And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David.)

    To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.

  • Venturing into Advent

    I know the three most often repeated words in a marriage should be, “I love you,” but I’m afraid I’ve displaced those with “Where’s the clicker?”

    Perhaps even worse, once the clicker is in my hands, I frequently follow that question with a plea to my wife: “Can you get this thing to work?”

    Now, before you judge me as the stereotypical couch potato, that neglectful slob who bellows to “the wife” from the “man cave,” “Hey, babe, bring me another beer,” let me explain myself.

  • The ongoing struggle with Alzheimer’s

    As I hung up the phone, I regretted having not called sooner. Several times in the past few months I’d almost called Ed, but there always seemed something more pressing to do.

    When I did call, I fully expected to hear Ed’s upbeat, energetic voice.

  • What I learned in 13.1 miles

     

    They say you learn something new every day, and I can’t argue with that.

    I learn things at work, and I learn from my wife and son. Lately, though, a lot of my learning has come from running.

  • Is a fall break really needed?

    When I was a kid, I remember starting school near my birthday almost every year. That meant the first day of school would come in the last week of August. It was nothing new to us back then, 30 some years ago. But today, with school starting much earlier in some districts across Kentucky, some state legislators are now in the debate about when the first day of school should be scheduled.