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Today's Opinions

  • Violence must be stopped

    Friday’s shooting in a Connecticut elementary school has this nation reeling with emotion. I am no exception.

    I am devastated and deeply saddened for the victims and their families. I am sad for the shooter and his family, because somehow this man’s problems went unnoticed, and his family is also paying the price.

    I am frustrated that these situations are becoming more and more commonplace – and more and more deadly.

    And I’m angry. On so many levels.

  • Singing songs of peace at Christmas

    One of my favorite parts of Christmas is attending the Christmas Eve service at my church.

    With the lights dimmed, candles soften the sanctuary, soften faces, quiet the hearts of the people who have come.

    Some come harried and hassled. Others come burdened and broken. All come seeking something, seeking peace.

    At my church, it’s our tradition on Christmas Eve to sing of peace and silence. As we hold candles we sing, “Peace, peace, peace on earth and good will to all.”

  • Couple hurt by city worker’s attitude over cemetery marker

    Editor:

    My husband, James Anderson, was adopted. So when we got married he wanted to know where his mother was buried. It took me a long time to find the records. We didn’t have much money so we painted a wooden cross to mark it. It was stolen out of the graveyard. I told Rita about it at city hall.

    Then on Dec. 11 we went to the graveyard to see his mother’s grave. The marker James’ brother, John Mahuron, and my husband bought was destroyed and the new big cross was leaning badly.

  • State leading in govt. internet access

    Over the last dozen or so years, and largely in lockstep with the increased popularity of the internet, there has been a welcome surge in government transparency.  What might have taken days for interested citizens to gather in the past can now be found online in a matter of seconds.

  • The gift of wanting

    I like to tell people that every obsession I have is my youngest daughter’s fault. She got me hooked on jewelry, shoes, pedicures, purses, expensive cosmetics - I blame her, only because the alternative is to blame myself.

    But the truth is, I was born a wanter. I want this and I want that and I want more.

    In an old Seinfeld episode Kramer asks George, “Do you ever yearn?”

    George tells him, “Well, not recently. I craved. I crave all the time, constant craving. But I haven’t yearned.”

  • Kentucky ranks high in charitable giving

    If it seems that the news is often filled more with what’s wrong with the world than what’s right, the holidays give us a chance to flip that equation for a time.

    Here in Kentucky, it doesn’t take long to find some good news across the state.

    Earlier this fall, for example, we learned our citizens are much more willing to give to charitable causes than those living in most other states. According to the Chronicle of Philanthropy, we rank 15th in this category.

  • 12-12-12: 3 dozen favorite Christmas recordings

    The rare occurrence of the 12th day of the 12th month of the year 2012 offers an opportunity for all of us to think for a day in terms of dozens. Here are three-dozen of my favorite recordings at Christmas time. Some of these selections reflect that I am extremely nostalgic (and perhaps getting old), others reflect an eclectic taste and acceptance of some of the modern musical artists of this age.

    12 secular favorites

  • A road trip worth taking

    By TEENA DRAKE
    Special to The Trimble Banner

    Christmas lights are a tradition upheld across the United States, as families and friends travel far and wide to watch in amazement as they illuminate the night. Nestled at the end of Music Valley road in Nashville, TN. a campground has created a magical Christmas wonderland with a magnitude of lights and a beautiful arrangement of music.