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Today's Opinions

  • Absorbing accents

    Accents cling to me.
    I don’t invite them in. It just happens, every time I move and anytime I constantly hear a specific regional dialect.
    Chameleons change color. Tigers stalk prey in striped fur to match their dark jungle habitat.
    Speech becomes my camouflage.
    As I adjust to living here, I’ve caught myself falling into a Southern dialect when I’m talking. Don’t get me wrong; I wouldn’t mind having a Kentucky accent.
    I’m just never consistent.

  • Want to knock me off my pedestal?

    Column as I see ’em …
    “Am I that detestable?” I asked a friend. “Do you really think people would pay money to throw baseballs at me and knock me into a tank of water?”
    “Yes,” he said. “Given the things you write, there are people who will empty their bank accounts to buy chances to throw balls at you, just on the odd chance that one will bust through the screen and hit you in your big mouth.”

  • Remembering Daddy on Father's Day

    It was a day like any other workday.
    I woke up around 6 and was messing around the house, getting ready . . . and the phone rings.
    “Something’s wrong with your daddy,” Mama said.
    After talking to her a few seconds, I found out he was hurting in his back. I could hear him over the phone, groaning. She had already called my younger brother, Bertram, who lives up the road from them.
    “I’ll call an ambulance,” I said and hung up.
    After calling 911, I called her back and Bertram was there.

  • Know how and when to water your plants

    Since I am in full mowing mode and have finally begun to work in the garden, I get to appreciate all the sites, sounds and smells of the farm.
    Everything is green, wildflowers dot the landscape and it’s all totally beautiful.

  • Keep praying for tornado victims

    To the editor:
    We left Friday morning and returned Monday afternoon. Hackleburg Ala., is grieving the death of 29 people from the tornado that hit April 28, as well as losing 38 of their 39 businesses.
    Many homes were totally destroyed in the tornado, leaving many people with no where to go or stay, with some still to this day living in tents.
    There is so much I can inform Lawrenceburg about my experiences there. However, serving others was a great experience.

  • Young columnist has it right

    To the editor:
    I want to say a hearty amen and congratulations to the young guest columnist (May 25, 2011) who seems so wise beyond years.
    The article “Examining stupidity, ignorance” seems to me the product of a caring, thinking and intelligent mind that values wisdom. I believe wisdom originally and inevitability comes from God only.
    Keep seeking, child, and pray that we all will for our nation’s sake as well as for our own.
    Carolyn Steilberg
    Louisville

  • County clerk, elections board made right call

    To the editor:
    The Help America Vote Act, passed in 2002, requires that all locations be accessible for every individual with a disability.
    Federal and state laws require that every voting location be accessible. This includes accessible parking, the path of travel to the entrance, the building entrance, the hall leading to the voting area and the voting area. The voting area must have adequate space for a registration table, all voting booths and the accessible voting machines.

  • Please bring joy to the living, too

    To the editor:
    The recent upheaval concerning the city council’s cemetery policy reminded me of my deceased mother’s precious advice, “Bring my roses while I’m alive.”
    I have tried to take her advice and give my “roses” to friends and family while they are living. I get to see them enjoy them and it prevents less problems at the gravesite.
    I understand, as a nurse, the importance of grieving at the place of interment, but the joy of giving sure makes good time memories.