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Today's Opinions

  • Year goes down smoothly

    ISSUE: Year one of expanded alcohol sales

    OUR VIEW: More revenue, fewer problems than anticipated

    A full year’s experience with expanded alcohol sales in Elizabethtown, Radcliff and Vine Grove has come and gone. By all measures the results have been more, while at the same time less than some expected and others warned of.

  • March 24, 2013: Our readers write

    PAWS working solo

    I would like to thank everyone who has joined in fundraising for a new Hardin County animal shelter at 220 Peterson Drive. Donations large and small are helping the project become a reality.

    This is a project exclusively funded by PAWS Shelter Foundation with no financial assistance from the county.

  • Kentucky retailers want to erase taxation disadvantage

    Kentucky retailers aren’t looking for a handout from Washington. They just want a sale made from a smartphone in Henderson or a laptop in Pikeville to be treated the same way as a purchase made at a store in Danville or Frankfort.

    Before that can happen, Congress must pass the Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013. The federal legislation would give states the authority to require that out-of-state merchants collect and remit state sales taxes.

  • Medical facilities undergoing changes

    ISSUE: Fort Knox, HMH announcements
    OUR VIEW: State of flux means opportunities

    Two announcements this week provided some detail and insight into the future of the area’s most significant health care providers.

  • Regulators steer vans, trucks in the wrong direction

    When it comes to barbershops, moving companies and food vendor trucks, Kentucky regulators have a curious penchant for shielding established businesses from fresh competition.

    A recent Institute for Justice study concludes the Bluegrass State has the 15th most burdensome licensing laws in America.

  • March 22, 2013: Our readers write

    Low, but still out of reach

    Following the election in 2008, Republicans felt they were “blindsided” and maybe complacent in their efforts to keep the White House. But not to worry. Come 2012, after years of economic hardship, coupled with major attempts to make President Barack Obama look bad, the GOP was confident it would recapture its rightful place.

    With four years to make the case, plus learning from previous errors, the inevitable return of a Republican president would come to pass.

  • Once upon a time, a city decided to invest in tomorrow

    The city council was divided. Strong feelings were obvious on both sides. At times, the discussion threatened to cross the line from debate to argument.

    The topic was a big ticket expenditure that would commit the city to years and years of debt by spending millions on development of a recreational facility.

    It’s a quality-of-life issue providing unique facilities for the community. But the primary purpose was not hometown needs. Its objective was enhancing tourism, welcoming visitors who would occupy hotel rooms and dine in local restaurants.

  • What role does God play in the God particle's discover?

    The smoke barely had settled from the conclave of cardinal’s announcement that Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio was elected pope, when scientists at the European Organization for Nuclear Research in Geneva, Switzerland, made their own announcement: The so-called “God particle” does indeed exist.

    “Look quick,” my wife told me, directing me to the evening news. “They’ve discovered the ‘God particle.’”

    I was curious: Was it A God Particle? Or The God Particle? Or God in a Particle? Or just God’s Particle?