Today's Opinions

  • Ready or not, Santa Claus is coming to deliver joy

    I have an affinity for the Grinch. Not the remorseful, repentant Grinch who returns the holiday trappings and gifts to Whoville after his heart swells.

    No, I’m talking about the Grinch who declares with rancor, “I must keep Christmas from coming.”

    I am not interested in burglarizing your homes, stealing your gifts and I certainly would not run off with your roast beast. Don’t judge me just yet. Please allow me to clarify.

  • Dec. 22, 2013: Our readers write

    Dr. Vo case was lot spent for little value

    On Friday, Dec. 15, 2013, The News-Enterprise reported the settlement of the case of Dr. Canh Jeff Vo, owner of the Bluegrass Women’s Healthcare, for crimes of importing and using non-Food and Drug Administration-approved forms of birth control. He was charged with 13 counts by a federal grand jury indictment of health care fraud, mail fraud, misbranding medical devices and smuggling non-FDA approved devices. He faced as many as 200 years in prison and a fine of as much $3 million.

  • Statistics say, Sports Park is a hit

    TOPIC: First full year of operation
    A big success but issues still remain

    At the time, the 8-year-old boys carrying their bat bags into the Elizabethtown Sports Park this summer didn’t know it at the time. The 8-year-old girls with pink jerseys running around the complex’s soccer fields in the fall may not even have cared. But the facility where they played won't be paid off until they have their own children old enough to be able to carry bat bags into the park or kick a soccer ball.

  • Dec. 20, 2013: Our readers write

    Opposing next 2,000-page bill

    Speaker of the House John Boehner has signaled he will take up comprehensive immigration reform in the new year. The Senate earlier this year passed a 2,000-page amnesty bill that fails to secure the border.

    Speaker Boehner would be wise to focus on the issues that concern Americans — such as repealing Obamacare. Instead, he seems beholden to special interest groups that are desperate for an amnesty bill that will provide cheaper labor.

  • PAWS Foundation makes an impact

    ISSUE: New animal control shelter
    OUR VIEW: Efforts reflect well on community

    With no profit to be made and much more effort than praise, a caring group of local volunteers sank their hearts and souls, bank accounts and backaches into the new Hardin County Animal Shelter.

    It’s difficult to fully appreciate or recognize the devotion involved in this project without having worked side-by-side amid the fundraising, negotiations, planning and oversight involved in the accomplishment.

  • Dec. 19, 2013: Our readers write

    Eminent domain used as a threat

    I have been told that Williams Co.’s pipeline is good for the community, that it will inject needed jobs and money into our economy. This pipeline is not about the greater good. It is a business to make a profit, no different from building a shopping center. The Williams Co.’s gifts will be short-lived.

    This pipeline carrying a high pressure and explosive mixture will be like burying a dragon that will be with us for generations.

  • Let's not settle for No. 19 ranking

    ISSUE: Well-being of children
    OUR VIEW: Everyone has a hand in improvement

    When it comes to child well-being, 18 Kentucky counties are doing better than Hardin County, according to Kentucky Youth Advocates, a nonpartisan and nonprofit group.

    The organization released the Kentucky Kids County’s 2013 County Data Book, which considers 16 indicators of child well-being for Kentucky’s 120 counties. The indicators fall in four categories: economic security, education, health and family and community.

  • Faith community takes stand against pipeline plans

    In a frigid afternoon this past Tuesday, some 65 people representing different expressions of faith gathered on the Boone Farm in Nelson County affirming their belief God is not pleased with what hydraulic fracturing (or fracking) is doing to his creation.

    Why did they do this? Why now?

    The event was in answer to the call from the Dominican Sisters of Peace, the Loretto Community and the Sisters of Charity who originally articulated an Energy Vision Statement and invited people of faith from all traditions to join.