Today's Opinions

  • There’s no shame in shedding tears

    This particular emergency room is all too familiar to me: I know the room numbers and their location almost by memory, having been called upon to pray here more times than I care to recall.

    But every situation is a bit different; this one caught me by the throat.

    I had known Colin since he was a pup, baptized him, watched him grow to young adulthood and prayed over him when he left home on the way to fulfilling his dream of a military career.

  • Dec. 12, 2013: Our readers write

    Parrett praised for focusing on merit

    State Sen. Dennis Parrett is to be commended for his approach of voting on a bill based on its merits, not party lines. Now if more politicians would do likewise we may see some progress in government.

    About 45 years ago, U.S. Sen. John Sherman Cooper of Kentucky took this approach and set an example which many others followed.

  • Baking spirits bright

    Kudos: Praising positives in the community

    There seems no shortage of Hardin Countians who rule their kitchens. And at Christmastime, many are eager to donate their talent to brighten others’ holidays.

    One of the most dazzling displays of charity cooking is the auction that raises money for Vine Grove’s Christmas for the Kids program. Homemade cakes were auctioned at the event, some for big money. Alta Hargan’s Italian creme cake, for example, went for $1,400.

    The auction raised $11,500.

  • Pope recognizes Elizabethtown doctor

    ISSUE:Benemerenti Medal conferred

    OUR VIEW:A well-deserving person, indeed

    The most impactful servants are often those who selflessly seek to help others without a desire for public recognition and acknowledgement. The blessing of seeing another’s need met is credit enough for them. Even so, it’s still nice to have ones’ efforts acknowledged.

    For one humble local servant, this deserving acknowledgement came all the way from the Vatican.

  • Winter brings increased risk of residential fires

    ISSUE: Winter is fire season
    OUR VIEW: Appreciate risks and first responders

    A Tuesday morning fire on Terry Court in Elizabethtown left two families — two mothers and nine children in all — without homes. No one was home when their duplex filled with flames and smoke and, fortunately, no one was injured.

    Whatever the cause, the incident brings up two important points that are rarely on our minds.

  • Dec. 8, 2013: Our readers write

    Renewed questions about school taxes

    The Hardin County Schools superintendent was just selected as the Kentucky Superintendent of the Year by the Kentucky Association of School Administrators. It’s a very prestigious award.

  • When you're a kid, nothing tops a snow day

    Does anything in adult life quite compare to a snow day?

    It simply has no equal.

    As the temperatures dove and Friday’s forecast became an alert, then a watch and finally a warning, kids in countless homes crossed their fingers and offered silent prayers for snow.

    Remember the anticipation and excitement building as the forecasters predicted pending gloom?

    When accumulation figures were described in terms of inches, we became almost giddy.

  • Basketball dream on pace for goal

    ISSUE: Update on Basketball Hall of Fame
    OUR VIEW: It’s much more than a dream now