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Columns

  • Four who fought for your right to be wrong

    The State Theater will show the film, “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” after local theater owner  Ike Boutwell, Korean War combat veteran and owner of movie complexes in Elizabethtown and Radcliff, refused to show the movie because Jane Fonda is in the production.

    Now Emily West, director of the Historic State Theater, will be showing the movie and states she personally loves films based on real stories. This movie tells the story of Cecil Gaines, a White House butler who served under eight presidents in the White House.

  • BBB: Avoid these classified ad website scams

    BBB is warning consumers to be cautious when responding to classified ads on Craigslist, especially when it is about a job or rental property posting.

    Recently, fake job postings and home rental scams are two of the most common Craigslist posting issues reported to BBB. Here are how the scams typically work: 

    1. The Online Rental Scam:

  • Outreach to Japan worthwhile

    Regarding the city council member’s trip to Japan, I think you miss the point as you apparently see little value in the trip; at least not $7,500 worth. Let me explain.

  • Taxpayers get results every day

    Issue: Japan trip.

    The Real View: Editorial out of focus.

    Yes, there are three Elizabethtown City Council members headed to Japan.

    Yet the editorial by The News-Enterprise is what is out of focus. The trip has clear focus and is done to produce results.

  • Count the wins and losses but cherish the lives

    Toss a stone in the still water of a country pond and a series of tiny circular waves emanate from the initial splash point. The circles slowly expand until the ripples reach the pond’s edge.

    More than four decades ago, Ron Bevars tossed his career into the North Hardin High School community. As a teacher and coach, he influenced thousands upon thousands of lives. But as a friend of children, his influences will ripple endlessly.

  • Prepare for sticker shock, buyer’s remorse

    Gov. Steve Beshear got warm and fuzzy Tuesday about the Affordable Care Act’s first official day when Kentucky’s government-run health exchange website went live – calling it “one of the most exciting days I have had since I have been governor.”

    Most Americans don’t share Beshear’s enthusiasm.

    A CNN poll shows support in September for Obamacare plummeting to below 40 percent – down from 51 percent in January.

  • Not tone deaf, but a case of singer's envy

    Some people are gifted with beautiful solo voices to bless an audience; other singers, perhaps not quite as vocally talented, bless others with quartet voices; then there are those that bless others by not singing.

    I’ve always thought of myself as being in that latter category.

    But that’s changed of late.

  • A few questions and perhaps some reasonable answers

    Newsrooms are full of questions. In the past week or so, a few questions in particular stirred new thinking. After some research and study, it's time to share three of them here.

    Before I attempt to share my answers, please remember this is the Opinion page. My answers reflect my opinions. Your reality may differ.

    Question 1: Why do city and county government property tax rates remain the same or decline while school taxes keep going up?

  • What Congress needs to do about the NSA

    Washington is beginning to debate the proper extent of government eavesdropping powers in the wake of Edward Snowden’s revelations about the NSA. It’s hardly as robust a discussion as it should be, but it’s a desperately needed start.

  • Councilman responds to editorial

    By Bill Bennett

     

    ISSUE: City needs Bennett’s lien money immediately for Japan trip

    MY VIEW: It must have been a slow news day at The News-Enterprise