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Matter of Opinion

  • A promising start to 2019

    Remember your first day of school and how excited it was to start new? I would arrive and sit in my homeroom, usually wearing new shoes Mom had forbidden me to wear until that day.
    Back then, we didn’t have backpacks, but we had a couple of notebooks or a binder, and maybe even a pencil box in younger grades. Inside that box were sharpened pencils, a colorful box of brand new crayons and maybe a small pair of scissors. Everything I had was neat and organized.

  • Dear Santa, I wish...

    Last week, we published letters from hundreds of young Spencer County students who reached out to St. Nick with their Christmas wish list. While we had his attention,  I may have sent a note up to the North Pole as well. My list included the following:

  • Focus on Future Kentuckians

    I’m not a proponent of lowering the voting age, but if we could figure out a way for future generations to cast proxy ballots on issues that they’ll be facing 20 or 50  years from now, that might be a good idea.
    Few issues in the state will have more impact on our children and grandchildren than the one currently being discussed in a special session in Frankfort – the future of teacher and state retirement systems. As it is, Kentucky taxpayers are being drained by a system that is outdated and unsustainable.

  • Two Lives Well Lived

    Millions of Americans watched the  funeral services of former President George H.W. Bush last week, and though it was a somber occasion to be sure, there was a sense of pride and patriotism felt among most Americans as we listened to the speeches and witnessed the pomp and ceremony that surrounded the events.

  • Work is good medicine

    Do you remember your first paycheck? I remember mine. It was $10 and I earned it as a young teenager for cutting lawns for a realtor in Winchester. I’d gotten cash before, but there was something about a paycheck that made it feel like more of an accomplishment.
    We complain about work, but work is good for us. Not only does it help put food on our table and provide the necessities of life, it gives us purpose, confidence and self-worth. Simply put – work is a healthy thing.

  • Keep elections honest

    Believe it or not, votes are still being counted in Florida. Of course, the fear is, that votes are still being found, and perhaps still being cast.
    Nearly two decades ago, America was caught up in an election drama after the presidential election between George W. Bush and Al Gore hung in the balance by hanging chads and other electoral day chaos in the Sunshine State.
    It took lawsuits, recounts, judicial intervention and a lot of patience on behalf of an anxious nation to eventually resolve the matter.
    These things should never happen.

  • Wounded vets are no joke

    Saturday Night Live has not been regular viewing for me, ever. Sure, I’ve seen hundreds of their skits over the years. Some are clever, well-written and funny. Most are childish, boring and simply not funny.
    In recent years however, SNL has decided to join other late night comedy fare by becoming more political.

  • Was Columbus a villain?

    After watching the bashing Massachussetts Senator Elizabeth Warren took after she revealed that her Indian blood was thinner and whiter than skim milk, I will probably resist the temptation to send off my DNA for similar testing.
    Family tradition has it that I have both Cherokee and Blackfoot running through my veins. I’d love to think that’s true, but those DNA tests could not confirm what tribe I might be linked to, or even if it were from a North American native people group.

  • 17 years after 9-11, what feelings remain?

    September 11.
    It’s no longer just a date, it’s a historical marker and a summons to stop, think and remember what you saw, what you heard, and most importantly, what you felt that Tuesday morning when radical Islamic terrorists carried out a massive and deadly attack on the United States.
    In Kentucky, it was a beautiful September morning. Most of us were just starting our days and we might have heard word or caught a glimpse on the television news about a possible plane crash and fire at one of the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York.

  • Nothing like a good book

    What’s the best $2 you’ve spent recently?
    For me, it was picking up a copy of an old classic book at The Red Scooter about a month ago. I’d gone to talk to the owner about a story, and browsed a bit while waiting for her to finish with a customer. An old book caught my eye because of a familiar title – “The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come.”