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Today's Opinions

  • May 31, 2013: Our readers write

    Politics and thugery defined

    Quite a few years ago I wrote a letter to the editor explaining what politics is. After listening to national and local newscasts over the past few weeks, I have come to the conclusion that many of the anchors/reporters have no concept of what politics is. I am certain they do not teach it in journalism school.

  • Squawking about pension reform doesn’t make it so

    Recently, I was a panelist on KET’s “Kentucky Tonight” program about the commonwealth’s public-pension crisis.

    Much of the discussion reminded me of an annoying rhetorical tactic generally reserved for parrots, but often employed by cheerleaders for bigger, more -costly government: repeating the same nonsense over and over until viewers cave to the pure monotony.

  • May 30, 2013: Our readers write

    Oath for judges

    I don’t know whether all judges are required to take an oath before taking office, but they should be. They should swear to faithfully execute the laws duly passed under the U.S. Constitution or under state or local constitutions where they reside. Use of any other law should be cause for removal from office, whether the law of some other country or U.N. law.

  • New festival is new success

    ISSUE: BBQ, Blues & Bikes debuts

    OUR VIEW: Exceeded expectations

    Though skies were blue and warm sunshine spilled onto the sidewalks and pavement, thunder permeated downtown Elizabethtown last Saturday.

  • Preparation saves lives

    ISSUE: Tornado season readiness
    OUR VIEW:
    You can never be too prepared

    The storms that ravaged the Midwest are a stark reminder of what happened in southern Indiana last year and periodically have ripped apart buildings and shattered lives here in Hardin, LaRue and Meade counties.

    The lives lost in Oklahoma remind us of how quickly things can change. The best we can do is be prepared for the worse.

  • May 29, 2013: Our readers write

    Question of ethics

    Recent and past questionable political events, and the media coverage or lack thereof have caused many to question the media bias.

  • Wait and see about U.S. 31W

    ISSUE: Delay of U.S. 31W median plan
    OUR VIEW: Cabinet secretary made best choice

    Taking a wait-and-see attitude often is portrayed as a passive approach. But aggressive efforts were required to initiate a change in median development project along Hardin County’s busiest commercial sections of U.S. 31W.

  • Destructive storms are just the nature of this world

    I grew up in Tornado Alley. Tornadoes were more of an event I enjoyed than a threat I feared, so invincible did I think I was as a child and teenager. As we gathered in the Shively’s storm shelter with other neighbors, I rather enjoyed the social gathering and naively hoped the twister somehow would be bad enough to cancel school but not destructive enough to hurt anyone.

    Questions of why, an inevitable response to suffering, weren’t in my purview, at least not then.