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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Holy hilarity on Easter Sunday

    Hearing laughter from one of the rooms where a Bible study class was meeting Sunday morning, I cracked opened the door and teased, “What’s this, laughter in church?”

    They answered with more laughter.

    And why not laugh in church? There certainly is a time for being quiet and even for sadness. As the author of Ecclesiastes wrote, “There is an appointed time for everything…” including, “a time to cry and a time to laugh.”

  • Reading the right book

    I’m a reader. I enjoy a good book, and I often find myself anticipating something that I want to read, even months before it’s released.

    I used to read hardbacks, but now, I find myself reading most of my books on my iPad or iPhone. It’s easier, and I can take an almost unlimited number of books with me wherever I go.

  • Digging out

    With each slash of the snow shovel, I freed up one more inch of space, making room for my garage door to open so I could determine if I could drive out.

    In less time than I thought it would take, (and more back pain than I anticipated) I was ready to put the car in reverse and attempt a test run down my driveway. "Yes," I breathed a sigh of relief as I successfully made it to the street in front of my house, "freedom."

    The fear of being trapped inside the house dissipated, at least for the moment, for more snow was in the forecast.