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Today's Opinions

  • Nationwide slump hits home

    Well, it appears that the worst has begun to trickle down.

    Last week, the national news reported that our nation is now "officially" in a recession - and has been since last year. While that's not news to most of us, we really haven't felt it too sharply on a local basis.

    Yes, the high gas prices over the past year have affected us deeply. But we cut back and made adjustments in our budgets, and in past weeks the prices have finally fallen.

  • What is Christmas?

    It's that time of year again. Shopping malls and department stores fill with bustling shoppers ready to cash in half their annual salaries.

    Husbands go out and hang enough lights and decorations to make even Clark Griswold jealous. Parents get to threaten kids with the absence of Santa if they don't behave. Overpriced poinsettias are the top floral arrangements, and the movie "A Christmas Story" is played 24/7 until February.

    Yes, it's time for Christmas.

  • Family is part of something bigger

    It was like attending a live taping of "Jon and Kate Plus 8."

    The only differences were that the children were several years older and mine was the only camera around.

    The similarities, though, included echoing laughter, lots and lots of smiles and a heartwarming sense of caring and love.

    A few weeks ago, I interviewed Fred and Donna Sheridan, the parents of nine adopted children. Nine.

  • Taylor County is fortunate

    Here it is Christmas time ... and yet another Virginia feels compelled to write a Christmas letter to the editor. Unlike the Virginia before me, however, I have absolutely no doubts or questions about Santa. Quite the contrary - I simply want to take this special Christmas season to remind Central Kentucky residents how remarkably fortunate you are to have Taylor Regional Hospital and the James Graham Brown Cancer Center serving our communities.

  • Give thanks by spreading your blessings

    Today is a day officially set aside as a time for gratitude. And those of us who live in Campbellsville and Taylor County have so much for which to be grateful.

    Most of us will sit down with family members and friends for a meal that can only be described as a feast. We can also be thankful that we have friends and neighbors and churches who will be there for those who don't have family and friends nearby or for those who don't have the resources to provide their own feasts.

  • Official holiday season begins

    And we're off. The official 2008 holiday season has begun. And there's certainly no shortage of events and activities to help put us in the holiday spirit.

    Last Wednesday, the annual Santa's Helper award was presented, and winner Doug Mullins turned on the lights at Miller Park. This year's Christmas lights extend the entire length of the park. It won't take a trip out of town anymore to see beautiful Christmas displays.

  • Consider all the aspects

    We've got a bit of an oxymoron between today's Front page and the Opinion page.

    On the one hand, we have a feature story about the animal shelter and its no-fee adoption policy. However, this page features a letter to the editor from a woman cautioning us about bringing home pets at this time of the year.

    Obviously, adopting a pet is a huge responsibility, and parents who plan to give their children a pet need to make sure they - and their children - are truly prepared for that extra responsibility.

  • Tina Turner still rocks at 68

    It wasn't really my scene, but I loved every minute of it.

    A few weekends ago, my mother and I traveled to Atlanta, Ga. to see one of her all-time favorite artists in concert - Tina Turner.

    I knew from the moment I stepped into Philips Arena that this concert was going to be a bit different than ones I have been to before.

    First, there were no cowboy hats or opening acts. The stage looked massive and more like the set of a production than a concert.