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Today's Opinions

  • Letter to the editor: Marion County Cattleman are kind

    “No, I’m not from around here.” I frequently have to respond to the question about my lack of central Kentucky accent. And that is why the column “Be more kind” by Stevie Lowery touched me so deeply. Having spent nearly all my years in situations during education, career and even choices where I live, in non-traditional female roles, I have examples beyond number of feeling isolated and not embraced or even included. It is not easy moving to a small town where families have lived for generations and myself and my husband a mere ten years.

  • Be more kind

    Sometimes the smallest expression or act of kindness can literally save a life.
    Sunday I was watching one of my favorite shows, CBS Sunday Morning, and there was a story about an 82-year-old widower in Georgia whose life was changed by a little girl at a grocery store. Her innocent, loving expression of kindness gave him a reason to live again.
    Dan Peterson fell into a deep depression after his wife, Mary, died. He admitted that after her death, he was just waiting to die.
    Until he met Nora Wood.

  • Goodbye 2016

    I don’t know about the rest of you, but 2016 has been a year of extremes for me. To quote Charles Dickens, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”
    This year, I was a part-time garbage man trying to thaw the icicles from my eyelashes, and now I am a full-time journalist, cozy in my office with a hot mug of coffee.
    It’s sort of a representation of how this year has been. The first half of 2016 was the complete opposite of the second half.

  • Goodbye 2016

    I don’t know about the rest of you, but 2016 has been a year of extremes for me. To quote Charles Dickens, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”
    This year, I was a part-time garbage man trying to thaw the icicles from my eyelashes, and now I am a full-time journalist, cozy in my office with a hot mug of coffee.
    It’s sort of a representation of how this year has been. The first half of 2016 was the complete opposite of the second half.

  • Good news

    Good news.
    While bad news seems to get more attention (and sell more newspapers), I love reporting good news.

  • Just keep showing up

    It’s not Christmas Day yet, and I’ve already started on my list of New Year’s resolutions.
    Yeah, yeah… I know what you’re thinking… I can hear you muttering under your breath. “Oh, great. Here she goes with her motivational mumbo jumbo. Blah, blah, blah. Gag.”
    First of all, that’s not nice.
    Second of all, this is actually new for me.

  • Santa for a season

    I didn’t know what I was getting myself into when I put on the big red suit. I didn’t know the responsibility. The power.
    I was a poor college kid looking for an extra few bucks for the holidays and along came my then girlfriend, Emily, with a job opportunity. Somehow, she had connections with Santa’s workshop at the Paducah Mall and they were desperate for a Santa Claus.

  • Kentucky has been blessed with many ‘presents’ in 2016

    During the holidays, most of us probably don’t give much thought to the origin of the traditions common during this time of year. We put up Christmas trees, take our children to see Santa and sing carols because that’s what we’ve done for generations.