• Dec. 11, 2011: Our readers write

    A tree farmer’s perspective
    I am a tree farmer in Hart County. Along with Kentucky’s other 467,000 family forest owners, I am proud that my woodland property provides my community with clean air, clean water, wildlife habitat, recreational opportunities and forest products. Most people think the federal government or big industry owns most of Kentucky’s 12 million acres of forests but, in fact, most of Kentucky’s forests are owned primarily by family farmers.

  • Dec. 9, 2011: Our readers write

    Progress can hurt
    Cecilia has been my home for many years. I see changes every day around me. New industrial parks are close by. Many new homes are being built and many already are built throughout the county. This has increased our population greatly.
    With population growth, a need for new schools arises. This brings up another matter of possibly losing some of our farm land to build schools. This may be sad but necessary for progress in education. As a community grows, we must suffer some inconvenience and be willing to accept it for the good of our children.

  • Dec. 8, 2011: our readers write

    Reading behind the words
    I read Jay Ambrose’s column in the The News-Enterprise and I found it to be very misleading. While you can take almost any statistic and use it to prove your position, there are other factors at play here that negate any tax benefit that might have made life better for the middle class.

  • Dec. 6, 2011: Our readers write

    Don’t be immovable in government
    Admirers of Sen. Mitch McConnell like to evoke the name of Henry Clay in praise of our Republican senate minority leader; that compliment is in many ways arguable. Like Clay, McConnell has risen to high office in the legislative branch of the federal government.
    Also like Clay our senator always has been a political in-fighter, which is not always a bad thing. However, unlike the great Clay, Mr. McConnell has never been, nor will he ever be, open to compromise and this is his great failing.

  • Dec. 4, 2011: Our readers write

    Media conviction of Cain
    Star Parker addressed how the liberal left stole the Civil Rights Movement after Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. died in 1968. They want to steal more. With “deep pockets” and facilitation by blacks willing to sell their skin color for personal gain, they seek to control the perceived black image. Blacks who play that game often attain profitable political careers.

  • Dec. 1, 2011: Our readers write

    Think long term
    Many residents fought for Elizabethtown to become a second-class city so they could keep the restaurant tax from being imposed to pay for the Elizabethtown Sports Park. 
    I personally have no issue with the restaurant tax and I also support building the sports park. However, I can’t help but wonder how many of those same people now would be opposed to Elizabethtown becoming a second-class city knowing it would allow for bars and restaurants to sell alcohol without the 70/30 rule.

  • Nov. 27, 2011: Our readers write

    Farmer’s perspective
    This is a reply to a Nov. 20 letter titled “On Antibiotic Use.”As a cow/calf farmer on a family farm that sends cattle to  confined animal feeding operations, I also am concerned about antibiotics being administered to my calves. I can assure that in all the feedlots that have fed my calves, antibiotics are only used to treat sick calves.

  • Nov. 24, 2011: Our readers write

    Why smoke-free matters
    If someone had told me 20 years ago, when I first began my public health career, that one day 34 percent of Kentuckians would live in a smoke-free community, I would not have believed it. Today, it is true.

  • Nov. 23, 2011: Our readers write

    Fourth-class concerns
    With the approval of the alcohol ordinance, the fourth- class city honey-truck backed up and dumped another load of crap onto the laps of Elizabethtown residents. All alcoholic beverages sold in the city will carry an additional 5 percent tax that can only be levied by fourth-class cities.
    There is some logic behind the statute. True fourth class cities, being small, might not have an expansive police force. The tax would allow them to hire additional officers.

  • Nov. 22, 2011: Our readers write

    Biblical reflections
    The political controversy that followed the recent Hindu ground blessing ceremony in Hardin County has quieted. However, this event revealed a deeper, spiritual issue that lingers on — that many seem to lack understanding of Biblical truth. I write in a loving spirit merely to attempt to show what the Bible says regarding these issues.