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Today's Opinions

  • LETTER: Home Tour filled with Christmas spirit

    Since moving to Taylorsville 12 years ago, I have attended many wonderful Christmas Home Tours. But, perhaps because of my age or the uncertain times in which we live, this year the tour was especially poignant. Thank you to the hosts and hostesses who shared their homes, church and office with everyone in the community.

  • LETTER: Reader takes issue with county clerk appointment

    To the victor, go the spoils, a high ranking republican told me, concerning the recent appointment of Lynn Hesselbrock to the county clerk’s position. Qualifications? My understanding is Hesselbrock’s experience is based in nursing. Granted she did run for the seat and barely lost, but with a presidential election coming up and taking an office over, that has exhausted its budget.
    I must ask the question, what was Bill Karrer thinking? Another back room secret deal? On the job training?

  • COLUMN: Thoughts from the past week

    While there was no shortage of good ideas for the new Spencer County Public Library at a public meeting last Thursday, I, for one, have to say I was quite disappointed with the turnout.
    I counted around a dozen people at the meeting — and that count included the library director, the architect in charge of the project, a representative from the Kentucky Department of Libraries and Archives, three library board members and this newspaper editor.

  • COLUMN: Each day presents choices, choose wisely

    Each day, we are provided with choices. You alone control not necessarily what your day entails, but how you deal with what comes your way.
    I was reminded of this in full force over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
    I traveled back to Pineville to spend time with family and overall, had a wonderful trip. My mother, however, didn’t quite see it that way.
    Thanksgiving Day went off without a hitch, but Black Friday took quite a literal translation at the Mason household (as a reminder, my maiden name is Mason).

  • LETTER: Donate to fundraiser for Kenyan orphanage

    My name is Nolan Thompson, and I am helping to host a variety show for the benefit of an orphanage in Kenya, Africa. I am writing to tell you a little bit about it.
    When I was in third grade, I watched my mom collect toys, blankets and toothbrushes for homeless people. That really sparked my interest in helping people.
    In May, I did a food drive for Alabama after a tornado hit. I did it because my dad was taking stuff down there and I thought it would be nice to have more people involved in the project.

  • COLUMN: Sexist campaigns aren’t for me

    Marketing was not my major in college, and thus, I don’t claim to know anything about it.
    However, to my untrained brain, any marketing move that blatantly eliminates half of a potential customer base doesn’t seem to be a good one.
    Dr. Pepper recently released a new product that features “10 manly calories” and boasts the slogan, “Dr. Pepper Ten: It’s not for women.”
    Wow, OK, Dr. Pepper. Now that you’ve clued me in, I won’t buy your new product or any of the other ones.

  • COLUMN: Chances to spread holiday cheer

    Close your eyes for a minute and go back to your favorite Christmas as a child. You can probably smell, if not taste, the cookies you left under the tree for Santa.
    You can probably feel the anticipation gathering up inside you. Maybe you hear the crackling of a fire place and feel your eyes getting heavy as you try to catch the man with a belly that shakes like a bowl full of jelly.
    My guess is that most of you reading this woke up that Christmas morning with toys piled so high around the tree you didn’t know where to start.

  • LETTER: Thanks for help with Guard Duty event

    With grateful hearts, Guard Duty thanks the men and women who have served and are serving in our armed forces for the sake of freedom, justice and honor.
    Saturday, Guard Duty presented its annual Veterans Honor Service honoring our veterans with a glorious morning of pomp and circumstance, respect and integrity. Many veterans ranging from WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Iraq and Afghanistan attended and shared their amazing stories and experiences with the public. What heroes walk among us!