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Today's Opinions

  • Christmas traditions - from our house to yours

    To my surprise, my dad went to meet Santa

    It was around 1957, a dark wintry Christmas Eve, when my father announced that he was leaving to meet none other than the big man himself—Santa Claus.

    Santa had never made an appearance at my house, other than in the dead of night, when lights were out and everyone was asleep. And as far as I knew, my dad had never had a face-to-face meeting with him.

  • Our Opinion 12.23.10

    “And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.

    And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.

    And all went to be taxed, everyone into his own city.

    And Joseph also went up from Gaililee out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, unto the city of David which is called Bethlehem; (because he was o fthe house and lineage of David.)

    To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child

  • DOWN AND DIRTY 12.23.10

    Every couple of years I like to revisit my father’s favorite Christmas poem inspired by Clement Moore’s famous work ‘Night Before Christmas.’ The writer is unknown but he or she certainly was a gardener; and you may even get some last minute gift ideas from its verse.

    Fred Wiche, my father and the first Weekend Gardener, started writing this column years ago, imparting gardening advice and humor. When he died in 1998, I took up the pen with a sense of duty and excitement, recognizing this column as both an opportunity to learn and to honor his legacy. Thanks to him for getting me on my way and to you, my readers, whether regular or occasional, for keeping me steady upon the path.

  • Holiday Memories

    Nuts, fruits and love

    You recently ask readers to submit their favorite Christmas memory. Wow, it makes you stop and think about Christmas past and what is important in your life today compared to what one might have thought was so important all those years ago as a child. Since my parents have passed away, I look back at so many things with fond memories.

    Things are different now and you know what really matters. My mom stayed home with us kids, five to be exact and our dad worked at the Kentucky Department of Highway. We always looked forward to Christmas, as I am sure every kid did and still does today.

  • Holiday Memories

    Nuts, fruits and love

    You recently ask readers to submit their favorite Christmas memory. Wow, it makes you stop and think about Christmas past and what is important in your life today compared to what one might have thought was so important all those years ago as a child. Since my parents have passed away, I look back at so many things with fond memories.

    Things are different now and you know what really matters. My mom stayed home with us kids, five to be exact and our dad worked at the Kentucky Department of Highway. We always looked forward to Christmas, as I am sure every kid did and still does today.

  • Yes, Grant County there is a Santa Claus . . .

    I watched a magical thing happen last Saturday right here in our community and will get the opportunity again this Saturday.
    More than 40 children were able to select presents for themselves and their families during the 2010 Kentucky State Police Shop With A Trooper program held Dec. 11 at Wal-Mart in Dry Ridge.
    On Dec. 18, several more children will be shopping during the Shop With A Cop program organized by the Grant County Sheriff’s Office and Williamstown Police Department.

  • City planning is a must

    Rick Skinner, mayor elect of Williamstown, is jumping in with both feet. Skinner, a long-time downtown business owner, has called a special city council meeting on Dec. 15 for the council to craft a mission/vision statement.
    That’s getting down to business and in a hurry, which is exactly what the city needs.
    Making a plan for the city is going to be critical, especially if Williamstown becomes home for the Ark Encounter which is expected to draw as many as 5,000 visitors a day when the project is completed in 2014.

  • Lawrence Construction should be commended

    I am a resident of the portion of James Street that has been completely renovated. I want to commend the Lawrence Construction Company and any other company that has worked on this project. They worked long hours and were able to accomplish the work without putting any undue stress on the residents. The workers would answer any questions put to them by the residents. They really had our interest at heart.
    They were able to maintain the flow of traffic and still accomplish their duties.