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Today's Opinions

  • Nothing is normal about the night of fright

    People do crazy things on Halloween.

    For the most part, my childhood Halloween’s tend to blend together - a blur of witches’ costumes, candy and orange and green swirls.

    But there is one Halloween that continues to stand out from the rest.

    It was the Halloween that proved all things normal are disregarded on the night of fright.

  • Kentucky pays tribute to veterans

    Next Wednesday, Nov. 11, our nation will recognize the 90th anniversary of what was known for years as Armistice Day but what we now call Veterans Day.

    President Woodrow Wilson chose that date because, in 1918, it marked the formal end of World War I, the first major global conflict that, unfortunately, did not live up to one of its popular nicknames: The War to End All Wars.

    The decision to include all veterans, not just those who served in World War I, came in 1954, when Congress passed and President Eisenhower signed that intent into law.

  • There’s always ghosts walking at Rohs

    My first-ever, real job was at Rohs Opera House.

    I don’t count my father’s monetary bribes for a Mt. Dew refill as a real job.

    “I’ll give you a dime if you run upstairs and get me another glass of Mt. Dew,” he would say.

    The first night of my first real job, I thought I was going to die.

    “It’s Thursday night so we’re going to need to change the marquee,” the manager said. “You’re not scared of heights are you?”

  • Teens donate food to Pantry

    To the editor:

    I would like our community to know, if you already didn’t know, what a great group of teens we have in our little city.

    On Wednesday, Oct. 28, several youth groups from our local and rural churches banded together to collect food for our local Food Pantry. This was called ‘SuperHero’ and was their way of celebrating trick-or-treat. A great amount of food was collected and the Food Pantry wants them to know how much it was appreciated.

  • ‘Work is a blessing, a gift from God’

    Today I scrubbed my kitchen floor, on my knees with a bucket of sudsy water and a brush, “Cinderella-style.”

    After that, I polished all the stainless steel and rubbed the countertops with stuff that made them gleam. Then I vacuumed all the wayward popcorn from underneath the couch cushions and cleaned both bathrooms.

    When I finally sat down with my can of diet ginger ale, it hit me how good it felt to work with my whole body.

    The scrubbing motion stretched my tight back and polishing the stainless steel until I could see my reflection made me smile.

  • Tim Tebow, Cocoa Krispies and faith

    Pam Tebow, mother of University of Florida Gator quarterback Tim Tebow, told the story of her son buying Cocoa Krispies.

    She recently spoke to a packed crowd at a local church about being a person of influence.

    She said her son “Timmy” normally doesn’t eat sweets, but this one time they were at the store together and he put a box of Cocoa Krispies in the shopping cart.

    A little boy, a Tebow fan, saw the box of cereal and told his mom, “Tim Tebow eats Cocoa Krispies!” and he wanted some, too.

  • United Community Fund begins fall campaign

    To the editor:

  • Talk to teens about safe driving

    To the editor:

    Motor vehicle crashes remain the leading cause of death among adolescents and young adults in the U.S. Here in Kentucky, statistics from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet show that drivers between the ages of 15 and 20 were involved in more than 26,000 collisions in 2008, resulting in 141 fatalities. Seventy-percent of those killed were teenagers. According to the National Transportation Safety Board, 16-year-old drivers are more than twice as likely to be involved in fatal crashes as older drivers.