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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.

  • Watching history crumble

     

  • Baseball and life

    Any baseball is beautiful.
    No other small package comes as close to the ideal design and utility.
    It is a perfect object for a man’s hand. Pick it up and it instantly suggests its purpose; it is meant to be thrown a considerable distance, thrown hard and with precision.
    -Roger Angell, Americn essayist

    I learned to play catch with a tennis ball and the side of my house. When we moved to another house with a gradually sloped roof, I practiced catching fly balls as the ball would bounce off the gutter.

  • Free Speech Matters

    One of the most important bills to pass out of Frankfort and make it to the governor’s desk for his signature this past session, was HB 254 which eliminates free speech zones on publicly funded colleges and universities.
    At first read, you may think that eliminating a free speech zone runs counter to encouraging the free exchange of ideas and opinions. Actually, the free speech zones were enacted to curtail free speech and to control the flow of thought and philosophies by relegating “controversial” issues and topics to limited spaces.

  • 2nd Amendment is clear

    A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. - The Second Amendment.
    Words matter. Our founders understood that when they gathered to pen our Constitution which codified into  writing the liberties they said were endowed by our creator, and provide a detailed outline as to how our new Constitutional Republic would work.