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Matter of Opinion

  • Life is precious and sacred

    Life is precious. We learn that in various ways and from different people. This week, we’re reminded about the value of life from a Spencer County couple who suffered through a miscarriage and the loss of their preborn daughter.
    Thankfully, the mother will be holding their 6-week old daughter tightly on Mother’s Day, with a greater understanding than many of us may have – that life is indeed precious.

  • Classless comedy sinks journalism even lower

    According to a number of polls and surveys, journalists are among the least trusted and respected professionals in America. Granted, we’re listed above used car salesmen, big business executives and politicians, but perhaps journalists spend so much time vilifying some of those latter groups just to make sure we don’t end up on the very bottom.
    Not all the disdain toward our profession is deserved, but unless and until we acknowledge that much of it is, we should not expect things to get better.

  • A Bluegrass Bucket List

    My wife I just returned from a trip to Arizona where we took in the splendor of the Grand Canyon, among other interesting sites.
    The Grand Canyon is an awe-inspiring site and is probably one of the few things in this world that actually lives up to its hype.
    There’s a lot of diversity in Arizona, from the deserts in the south, to the more appealing (at least to me) northern portion that includes the red rocks of Sedona and the ponderosa pine forests of the canyon area.

  • Who won? Not your average Joe

    Somewhere in Kentucky, there’s a man named Joe struggling to feed his family. He’s been raised to believe in hard work and self-sufficiency, so he works overtime to make ends meet and avoids having to rely on government assistance. Sure, it makes life hard, but it does him proud to be able to look his family in the eye, and himself in the mirror.
    Unfortunately, Kentucky just made it harder on Joe.

  • Less debating, more discussing

    Newspapers, even ones in small towns like Taylorsville, are part of the world of mass communication. Mass communication basically refers to a system in which information is distributed to the masses, whether it’s by print, airwaves, or more recently, over the internet.
    Mass communications can be effective in getting the word out about news and events, but it can also lead to mass confusion, mass misunderstandings and mass manipulation.

  • Time to turn on the lights

    Fifty years after Major League Baseball began playing night games under bright lights, Chicago’s Wrigley Field slipped the switch and illumuniated their ivy-covered walls for night baseball.
    A lack of funds during WWII, then stubborness, tradition, red tape and other issues delayed night baseball at Wrigley until 1988.
    Some of those same issues plague efforts here locally to get lights for youth baseball at Ray Jewell Park.
    There’s a $39,000 grant available, but it must be matched by local funds, either from local government or private donations.

  • Trump’s July 4th event

    Listening to the pundits fearfully whine in advance of President Trump’s July 4th celebration and parade last week, made me think about a memorable scene in the classic movie “Wizard of Oz.” As Dorothy and the Scarecrow begin their trek down the yellow brick road, they soon are engulfed in fear of creatures that may be lurking in the woods.
    “Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!” they repeat as they nervously walk along.

  • In God We Trust

    In God We Trust.
    It’s our national motto, and has been officially since 1956. However, it’s been an unofficial national motto and a prevailing philosophy in America that dates back to before the Revolution.
    In fact, it was trust in God that gave our Founders the confidence and courage to stand up to British tyranny.

  • Contentment over riches

    A professional football player created a lot of stir, a lot of anger,  a lot of disappointment and a lot of headlines over the weekend when he decided, at age 29, to walk away from the game and untold millions of dollars in future revenue.
    Indianapolis Colt’s quarterback Andrew Luck shocked the sports world when he announced that he was retiring. He said numerous injuries and the constant battle to rehab and recover put him in a spot to consider his long-term happiness and the life that he wanted to live. He’ll find no criticism from me.

  • Calling all Bears fans

    Friday nights are going to be a little bit different this fall. For the first time in about 15 years, there will be no high school football in Taylorsville on Friday nights. Renovations to the athletic field and complex aren’t complete, meaning home football games had to be moved.
    Thankfully, Nelson County High School made a generous offer to allow Spencer County to use their field and stadium for home games. While that will mean a little extra drive time, it shouldn’t automatically mean the crowds have to be small.