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A4 December 15, 2016 THE HART COUNTY NEWS-HERALD Editorial & Opinions 5 eme. o.e3, "Create an interactive environment that facilitates &bate among readers on issues concerning them," Jeff Jobe, 1998 "Because you have stood with us in the past; we commit to never allow pressures to stop us from standing for you toda)'," Jeff Jobe, 2010 Views expressed on this page are those of the author alone and not necessarily endorsed by this newspaper. Staff Directory: BIIITBII Sam Terry, Managing Editor 270-659-2146 office Butler Melissa Mudd, Editor 270-590-JOBE 270-526-4151 office Carol Hatcher 270-526-4151 ldmORSOn Melissa Mudd, Editor 270-590-JOBE Charlotte Stice, Manager 270-597-3115 office Hart Darca Jobe, Editor 270-786-2676 office Jerry Matera, Editor Emeritus 270-786-2676 office Metcalfe Shirley Mayrand, Editor 270-432-3291 office Jessica Obanion, Metcalfe and Monroe Sales 270-590-6628 cell Monroe Sam Terry, Managing Editor 270-487-8666 office 270-670-3588 cell CORPORATE CONTACTS: JOBE PUBLISHING, INC. JEFFREY S. JOBE, CEO/PUBLISHER 270-590-6625 CELL JESSICA OBANION ADVERTISING 270-590-6628 OFFICE LESIA LOGSDON CIRCULATION 270-786-2676 OFFICE MICHELLE ROWE INTERNET/WEBSITE 270-786-2676 OFFICE ANISSA MEREDITH PRINTING 270-786-2676 OFFICE Tb J KY ,~SS~OMC~ Published each Thursday. Advertising package indudes total market penetration. USPS 236-200 Periodicals Postage Paid At Horse Cave, KY 42749 SUBSCRIPTION RATES: In Hart and adjoining counties $31.95 Both print and online THURSDAY PAID Elsewhere in Kentucky $40.95 Outside Kentucky $55.95 Advertising package delivered to all homes offering our company a total market penetration. CHANGE OF ADDRESS OR NEW PAYMENTTO: News-Herald, RO. Box 340, Horse Cave, KY 42749 Send Form #3579 to RO. Box 340, Horse Cave, KY 42749 There's a little bit of Scrooge in all of us. When one reaches an age in which he's ex- perienced a number of Christmases, a few dozen marathon shopping sprees combined with holiday decorating frenzies that have little to do with the actual holiday, Christ- mas can become more of a going-through- the-motions rather than everything being all merry and bright. There are family traditions to uphold - a certain decoration given its honored place, the making of recipes handed down from family and friends, the cookies to bake, the lights to string, and the list goes on to the point that the holiday season becomes a chore. Too often, we easily fall into the "Bah, humbug!" attitude with our goal be- ing to "just get through it." Frequently, we hear of people issuing a holiday greeting with the addendum of the desire for it to all be over. Somehow, despite it all, Christmas lives. The spirit goes on. But how does it happen? Now many would say Christmas lives be- cause of the religious origin of the holiday, and hardly anyone would argue otherwise. Some would say Christmas lives because of commercialism. We complain that the hoE- day has become too commerce-oriented, yet our 19th century ancestors were the folks who started that trend in the years following the Civil War. Whether we like it not, our economy depends on Christmas, and that's part of how Christmas lives. Perhaps the way the hallowed holiday con- tinues on is because it is reborn every year. Most holiday seasons are punctuated with some particular moment when the spirit of Christmas magically appears. When children line up on stages and begin to sing "Silent Night," no one seems to no- flee that it's off-key. When tinsel halos are perched atop chil- dren's heads while fluttering wings are pinned to their backs, no one minds the dev- ilish grin on the angel's face. When bathrobes become shepherd's at- tire and great-grandpa's long-unused cane comes out of the closet to become a shep- herd's staff, no one notices that there's not a sheep in sight. When children sit on a parent's lap and drink in the tale of a certain night before Christmas, it becomes magical. When new generations gaze at shiny bau- bles on a Christmas tree for the first time, it's a memorable sight to behold. When one reads or hears the story of old that begins at each telling, "And it came to pass...," one is as- sured that the story will go on to swad- dling cloths, angels, shepherds, and the eternally-tardy Magi. When old familiar strains to the carols of season remind By SAM TERRY us to rest beside the Managing Editor weary road and hear.lobe Publishing Inc. the angels sing while all is calm and bright in a lowly cattle shed and the good news is spread across the earth in story, song, and the ringing of bells. These are the things that keep Christmas alive and help adults escape the numbing influences to renew the celebration that goes back centuries. When the magic of Christmas arrives, it can be felt in the air, on the streets, it's tucked in colorful envelopes arriving in the mail, in the greetings of nearly everyone, and even the most crazed among us become a little nicer. We see the magic of Christmas as we trav- el our community and see the way people decorate - even over-decorate - their homes and lawns. It's a reminder that even adults can be infected with an extra dose of joy to become almost giddy. Yes, Cbxistmas is also a time of gluttony and greed, when extravagant excesses also fill shopping lists to the point that too often it resembles the paganism and commercialism that Christmas purists love to hate. Other parts of Christmas exist, too. Just sit back and let the sounds of the season swirl about your head. There, you'll find that ev- ery dreamy Christmas is snow-laden, chest- nuts are eternally roasting on open fires, and we're reminded that at Christmas, all roads lead home, whether literally or in memory. Gaze upon lights that enchant us to the point of being slightly out of focus, and then we remember that it can be a beautiful season after all. What we all should strive for is to keep the Christmas spirit alive the rest of the year and not confined to just a few days. Probably no one penned such a thought as eloquently as Henry van Dyke when he wrote his ser- mon well over 100 years ago and entitled it "Keeping Christmas." I'll leave you with an excerpt from the message, with the hope that we all can manage to keep Christmas today and always. "It is a good thing to observe Christmas day. The mere marking of times and seasons, when men agree to stop work and make merry to- gether, is a wise and wholesome custom. It helps one to feel the supremacy of the com- mon life over the individual life. It reminds a man to set his own little watch, now and then, by the great clock of humanity which runs on sun time. "There is a better thing than the observance of Christmas day, and that is, keeping Christmas. "glre you forget what you have done for other people, and to remember what other people have done for you; to ig- nore what the world owes you, and to think what you owe the world; to put your rights in the background, and your duties in the mid- dle distance, and your chances to do a little more than your duty in the foreground; to see that men and women are just as real as you are, and try to look behind their faces to their hearts, hungry for joy; to own up to the fact that probably the only good reason for your existence is not what you are going to get out of life, but what yoa'are going to give to life; to close your book of complaints against the management of the universe, and look around you for a place where you con sow a few seeds of happiness? 1 Are you willing to do these things even for a day? Then you con keep Christmas. ~Are you willing to stoop down and consid- er the needs and desires of little children; to remember the weakness and loneliness of people growing old; to stop asking how much your friends love you, and osk yourself wheth- er you love them enough; to bear in mind the things that other people have to bear in their hearts; to try to understand what those who live in the same home with you really wont, without waiting for them to tell you; to make o grove foryour ugly thoughts, and a garden for your kindly feelings with the gate open ? -- Are you willing to do these things, even for a day? Then you con keep Christmas. ~Are you willing to believe that love is the strongest thing in the world--stronger than hate, stronger than evil, stronger than death--and that the blessed life which began in Bethlehem nineteen hundred years ago is theimage and brightness of the Eternal Love? "Then you can keep Christmas." Henry van Dyke I A terrible tragedy occurred in my life and in the lives of numerous other peo- ple when Our Lady of the Caves Catho- lic Church was de- stroyed by fire. I was one of the first members of the By JERRY MATERA church on the scene Editor Emeritus as I had been to Hart- land Rehabilitation Center at 6:30 a.m. and was heading home at about 7:00 a.m. when I first saw the fire. I went home and picked up my camera and returned to the fire in a very cold morning. I felt helpless as I watched the flames trav- el from the back of the church, down the main building to the very steeple on the front of the building. I remembered how I took pictures as the steeple was placed on the church in the early 80's it seems to me. I am not one of the early members of the church, which was dedicated in 1953, al- though many members seem to think I am. I am, however, one of the longest contin- uous attendees at the church having tmme here in 1966. I was raised a Catholic and took seriously the mandate that you attend Mass every Sunday unless you have a se- rious reason not to attend. I found it very convenient to have a church right here in Horse Cave. I wondered how we would continue to wor- ship in Horse Cave, when someone point- ed out that our social center, St. Bernadette Hall, which was built recently, had not been effected by the fire. On Sunday we cele- brated Mass in our remaining building and even had our Archbishop Kurtz perform the ceremony. As the Archbishop commented, the tragedy has brought our members closer together and it will take patience and togetherness to determine how we will continue to worship our God in Horse Cave. Beliefs and viewpoints expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect the opin- ions, beliefs and viewpoints of Jobe Pub- lishing Inc. By Jim Waters School-choice opponents in my main are having 140-character Twitter do- conniption fits over Presi- dent-elect Donald Trump's stellar decision to choose Michigan philan- thropist Betsy De- Vos as the nation's next education see- retary. They claim their opposition is because DeVos doesn't have classroom teacher on her resume. Yet what's really at the heart of the push- back from DeVos' detractors is her stout support for charter schools, which are pub- lic schools that promise a higher level of student achievement in exchange for the freedom from many of burdensome reg- ulations that often stymie innovation and hinder great teachers and administrators in traditional public schools. These critics want Kentuckians to believe that any effort to give parents the option of sending their children to a high-performing public charter school is somehow a slap in the face to teachers or public education. Yet the fact that Trump has been handed the presidency and his party the super ma- jority-sized keys to the Kentucky House of Representatives indicates that voters saw through these arguments as being little more than emotional riffraff unworthy of standing in the way of making the commonwealth the 44th state to include charter schools in their public-education universe. Opponents now have decided that if they can't keep a law from being passed, they will attempt to intimidate policymakers into passing a weak policy limiting the number of charter-school creations and the opportu- nities for charters that do open to succeed. Leftover appointees from the previous Beshear administration not o Ay kept the Kentucky Board of Education from endors- ing charter schools, but those lame duck board members also succeeded in getting the body to recommend that only local school boards receive authorization to cre- ate charters. Legislators who back a policy restricting charter-school applications to a single path through local school-district bureaucracies See CHARTER SCHOOLS continued on page 8