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Today's Opinions

  • Dec. 18, 2012: Our readers write

    Fiscal cliff climbing perspective

    Has it ever occurred to anyone that the fiscal cliff everyone is talking about is not one we’re going to fall down, but rather, one that must be climbed? So, if those in charge would quit looking down and look up for a change, then maybe someone could figure out how to make a molehill out of a mountain. To those in Washington, I say, “It is your mountain — get over it, for our benefit.”

    John F. Enyart
    Ashland

  • Food marks festive celebrations at holiday and all year

    Have you ever noticed how much food there is around Christmas? Everywhere you look and even in the great classic movies — tables of food and desserts. 

    I probably notice food a little more than most people because of my work, but if you take a minute to look around, it won’t be long before you start noticing how your office, bank and other places turn into a giant cruise ship buffet the next couple days.   

  • Abundant praise

    This time of year often is seen as a time of abundance: An abundance of lights and yard displays, an abundance of delicious, fattening treats, an abundance of traffic, which typically leads to an abundance of short tempers and frazzled nerves over the lack of abundant parking spaces at our favorite stores and restaurants.

    However, there’s also an abundance of good cheer and well wishes during this special time of year and our appreciation is extended to those who make our lives happier and safer.

  • Seeking to discover the true joy of good news

    “But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.’”

    I first heard that Christmas proclamation as a child but remember having serious doubts about the great joy of Christmas by the time I had reached junior high. Even though joy was a dominant theme of the season, it always seemed elusive. I just did not get it because I did not understand the difference between joy and happiness.

  • Rejoicing over a Merry 'Army' Christmas

    "City sidewalks, busy sidewalks, dressed in holiday style ...” A stroll through the streets of Fort Knox today could evoke the Norman Rockwell imagery that typifies our often idyllic aspirations for the holiday season.

    Like their civilian friends and neighbors, American service members and their loved ones cherish opportunities to celebrate the incarnation of the Christ. And like civilians, Army families struggle to maintain a healthy perspective on the reason for this season.

  • Reflecting on the impact of 81 Christmases

    Christmas started off for me in the Depression era: A red fire chief truck and toy soldiers.

    Years later after high school, a letter from the local draft board in Ashland arrived and I was a real soldier.

    I was 21, sent to Korea in an infantry unit working in ordnance.

  • Reflecting on the impact of 81 Christmases

    Christmas started off for me in the Depression era: A red fire chief truck and toy soldiers.

    Years later after high school, a letter from the local draft board in Ashland arrived and I was a real soldier.

    I was 21, sent to Korea in an infantry unit working in ordnance.

  • Making the holidays enjoyable when a loved one has Alzheimer’s

    With all their potential for joyous reunions with beloved family members and friends, the holidays also can generate a great deal of angst at the prospect of visiting a loved one diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or another memory disorder. The upcoming visit may lead to several questions:

    How should I respond when Aunt Mary tells the same story over and over, or when she forgets who I am?

    How can I help Dad deal with his anger and frustration over Mom’s behavior?