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Today's Opinions

  • Bloom like an amaryllis

    My wife, Lori, and I are not good with houseplants. When she brings home a new plant, I shake my head, knowing the plant's likely demise. I want to pull it aside and whisper, "I'm so sorry she bought you. I promise I'll pray for you."

    If plants could muster a police force, they would charge Lori and me with negligent homicide.

    So last year, when some well-meaning friends gave us an amaryllis for Christmas, I thanked them kindly.

    And as soon as they left, I knelt by their gift and offered last rites for it.

  • Memorial Day a time to remember and appreciate freedoms we have been given

    One of our greatest presidents and Kentucky native, Abraham Lincoln, once said of our country, "America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves." That quote comes to mind as we gather in the coming days to honor those who have fought and died in wars foreign and domestic to continue to guarantee the freedom that makes us the envy of other nations and their people around the world.

  • Reflecting on Memorial Day

    Memorial Day is a significant holiday in the state of Kentucky in a variety of ways. Broadly, it is the unofficial kickoff to summer with the school year winding down, vacationers descending in droves to our lakes and rivers, and warm weather and sunshine becoming the norm. While many use this holiday as a time to travel back to their hometowns for reunions and family cookouts, others use it as a time to pay respect to their lost loved ones by taking flowers to their gravesites. 

  • A gardner's dilema: Should I stay or should I go?

    A friend and gardening mentor told me when I first ventured into this labor of love called gardening that this hobby should be relaxing. "If it's stressful," he told me, "you're taking it too seriously."

    His words echo in my ears as I stare at the freshly plowed ground, that chore the courtesy of a friend kind enough to break up the soil for me.

    It happens every year: "Can I do this? Do I really want to start with the planting, the cultivating, the weeding?"

  • Somebody's prayin'

    "Preacher," a church member said to me one Sunday, "I was driving in front of the church this morning, and I saw you standing by yourself up there at the top of the front steps. I knew what you were doing; I knew you were praying. And I just want you to know it made me feel better."

    It somehow makes us feel better knowing somebody's praying, though I can't explain exactly why.

    I've never been much of a country music fan, but I can listen to Ricky Skaggs sing,

     

    Somebody's Prayin,' over and over.

  • Senseless violence in Baltimore

    To be honest, I'm not exactly a tolerant person. I can't stand stupidity, and I have little patience for people who do things that I consider to be stupid.

  • A young life cut short

    It's a shame to see people waste opportunities in life. They don't come around very often, and if you get a good one, you should take it and apply yourself to the best of your ability.

    Jonathan Krueger was the kind of young man who did just that. He applied himself to his studies at the University of Kentucky, and he was part of a study abroad program that took him to London, England and Dublin, Ireland not long ago.

  • Counselor thanks school supporters

    I would just like to say a big thank you to all of you who helped make Reality Town at Campbellsville Middle School such a huge success this year.

    Without the help of our business partners, community services and volunteers, we would not be able to make events like this one a reality to our eighth-grade students.

    Many of you have been helping for years and we appreciate your continued support in this endeavor.

    For those of you who helped for the first time, we truly appreciate your help and hope you will continue to volunteer in the future years.