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Today's Opinions

  • Attitude of service

    KUDOS: Praising positives in our community

    The 12-hour Relay for Life events have become a major fundraising tool for the American Cancer Society in its efforts to focus continued energy, attention and dollars on research to battle various forms of this deadly disease.

    Most every Kentucky county stages an annual Relay with two here in Hardin County. The most recent event last month in Radcliff demonstrated why these gatherings are much more than revenue tools.

  • June 10, 2014: Our readers write

    Concerned about gun violence

    Caring people of goodwill all over America need to become as passionate as Californian Richard Martinez in calling out the National Rifle Association and politicians who are afraid to buck the politically powerful gun organization. Deadly gun violence could be reduced significantly if Congress would develop a spine and pass needed gun-control laws.

  • Father’s Day gadgets not always up to snuff

    Father’s Day is right around the corner. As we look to celebrate this special day with the men we love, it’s important to know how to spend money wisely on the perfect gift for Dad.

    The Better Business Bu­reau suggests you always make sure to get information on refund, exchange and warranties in writing. Don’t hesitate to ask if there is a return time limit, and get a gift receipt to enclose with your gift in case Dad needs to take it back.

    Here are some other tips from BBB on Father’s Day gift shopping:

  • Hey, Class of 2014, do some great things

    TOPIC: High school graduation
    OUR VIEW: Embrace the challenge to make a difference

    Amid the parties, hugs, tears and final exams, there is a realization now for the hundreds of newly crowned high school graduates in Hardin and surrounding counties: Life now gets even more serious.

    There are big decisions to be made, life-altering decisions.

    Do you go to college or not? Where do you go to college? What major? What will you do with all this free time?

  • New roads provide new perspective about our travel

    In the 12 years since my mother’s death, I’ve probably driven by the old home place less than a dozen times.

    For a while, it seemed necessary to avoid that stretch of Ky. 1500 between Vine Grove and Fort Knox. But time eases the pain and warm memories eventually won out over grief and loneliness.

    On Memorial Day, a trip along the route felt appropriate. It also would provide a look at the new access road leading to Bullion Boulevard at Fort Knox.

    So turning off Joe Prather Highway, I headed to see what had changed.

  • June 6, 2014: Our readers write

    Festival: Huge task, done well

    There’s no better way to kick start the summer than with great music and barbecue. Add sunshine, warm temperatures and great music, plus a few thousand fancy motorcycles, and you have the ingredients for a perfect festival.

    That’s exactly what took place recently during the second BBQ, Blues & Bikes Festival in downtown Elizabethtown. There were fun activities for the entire family, and food for every palate: from funnel cakes, lemonade and homemade ice cream to lots of hickory-smoked pit barbecue.

  • Dishonoring our devoted veterans

    ISSUE: Veterans Administration scandal
    OUR VIEW:
    Likely a sign of things to come

    According to an initial investigation by the Veterans Administration’s inspector general, VA clinics across the country held veterans on unnecessary waiting lists, delaying appointments for treatment services and allegedly leading to untimely deaths of 40 sick veterans.

    This is a shameful revelation.

  • Don't rewrite our recent past

    ISSUE: Kentucky's investment in Fort Knox
    OUR VIEW: Decision was correct and still important

    After a few years of changes with the U.S. Army and Fort Knox, it may be difficult for some to remember the delight that the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure announcement brought to the region.