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Today's Opinions

  • The miracle of a new life

    When she handed me her baby, my first grandbaby, I could have sworn — even though he had been born less than 10 minutes ago — that he raised his left eyebrow, winked at me, smiled and was about to whisper, “Aren’t you glad I finally arrived!”

    Instead he opened his mouth wide and cried. And once again reality nudged me in the side.

  • Recognizing efforts to assist others

    ISSUE: Generosity deserves praise
    OUR VIEW: Noting contributions that lift the community

    Organizations and individuals dedicated to sharing the necessities of life thrive in this generous community.

    First among equals in terms of sharing is Warm Blessings soup kitchen.

    Still relatively new having been established in October 2007, Warm Blessings addresses basic needs, primarily food. It has grown to offering meals five evenings per week from a building at 609 E. Dixie Ave. in Elizabethtown.

  • Fort Knox duplicates 'green' in Afghanistan

    ISSUE: Fort Knox energy savings
    OUR VIEW: Impressive work by post public works

    Spend tax money more efficiently. Use less energy. Create a safer environment for soldiers. These three statements, while overwhelmingly agreeable, often are complicated tasks.

    Yet, one public works department is achieving all these things and attracting national attention for its efforts.

  • Listening to debates: Do you hear what I hear?

    Great attention is lavished on presidential debates because they are made-for-TV showcases but I can’t find much value in them.

    Nothing a candidate does during a debate indicates how well he will serve.

    During their four years in office, the president never faces a debate scenario. Is a person more qualified because he can stand behind a lectern for 90 minutes? That’s a better qualification for the person who will succeed Alex Trebek on “Jeopardy.”

  • Emphasizing the importance of dental care

    Kentucky families are busier and are more financially strapped than ever. Unfortunately, dental care is one of the first expenses sacrificed. What's more, dental care is still out of reach for more than three-quarters of all children utilizing Medicaid dental benefits in Kentucky because of a shortage of dentists who accept it.

    We can't let dental care, especially in the crucial early years, become an after-thought or a burden for families in Hardin County.

  • Don't read this while driving

    ISSUE: Traffic collision research
    OUR VIEW: Driving should be sole focus

    A detailed analysis of traffic-crash statistics in Hardin County was packed with sobering statistics.

    For example, Kentucky State Police in Post 4 responded to 864 collisions in 2011. That's more than two per day. Of those, 234 resulted in injuries including eight fatalities. Already, this year more than 400 wrecks have been reported by KSP with a third causing injuries.

  • No friend of educational liberty

    We’ve seen that many in Kentucky’s legislature and teachers unions are adamant enemies of school choice in the commonwealth.

    The Kentucky Education Association has worked for years with powerful politicians to keep even the most rudimentary types of school choice – like the charter schools found in 41 other states and the District of Columbia – from winning out in Kentucky.

    But a recent ruling has revealed another player in that axis against any type of educational liberty: the Kentucky Supreme Court.

  • Oct. 4, 2012: Our readers write

    Vaccination critical to fight meningitis

    As students are starting a new school year, the Kentucky School Nurses Association has an important message for parents: make sure your preteens and teens are up-to-date on their meningococcal vaccinations.

    The fact is, many are not – public health officials just released a report showing that although Kentucky’s meningococcal vaccination rates have improved, only 55 percent of teens have been vaccinated against meningitis, a rare but serious disease that can kill a child in just one day.