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Today's Opinions

  • Good deeds

     Cooling off in a warm-hearted way. Last week, several local officials took to the Colvin Community Center Pool in Radcliff to raise money for the Radcliff Elementary Memorial Playground, being built in honor of Isaiah Alonso, a 6-year-old student who died of cancer two years ago.

    The event was a festive one, as music played and grown men and women dove fully clothed — some in suits, one in fire department gear — into the pool.

  • A vital health issue in decline

     

    First, the positives.

    The health of Hardin County children is improving overall. That statement is based on 2012 data compiled by Kentucky Youth Advocates in its latest Kids Count report.

    The specifics about Hardin County show several areas of significant improvement:

  • 'We hold these truths to be self-evident'
    • Men in authority will always think that criticism of their policies is dangerous. They will always equate their policies with patriotism, and find criticism subversive. — Henry Steele Commager
    • This, then, is the state of the union: free and restless, growing and full of hope. So it was in the beginning. So it shall always be, while God is willing, and we are strong enough to keep the faith. — Lyndon B. Johnson
    • We sleep peacefully at night, cradled by the big, strong hands of America. — Val Saintsbury
  • Begin a holiday tradition by visiting new memorial site

    Memorials are essential to the preservation of a shared memory.

    No American adult alive on Sept. 11, 2001, is likely to forget the world-shattering events of that day. More than a decade removed from the terrorist attacks that griped the country, it’s sometimes difficult to tap the same range of emotions: uncertainty, fear and outrage were chief among our reactions.

    Using civilian aircraft in that heinous manner shattered our sense of security but it also unified the national resolve and refocused millions on the priorities of faith and family.

  • Leaving the post-vacation depression zone

    Like me, you’ve been on this road before, no doubt.

    It’s the road home after you’ve been on a vacation, weekend getaway or retreat. And as that idyllic place - the lake, beach, cabin in the woods or special hotel - begins slowly to recede in your rearview mirror, you want to screech your breaks to a halt, turn around and somehow grab your vacation spot and take it with you.  

  • July 3, 2012: Our readers write

    Fourth of July suggestion

    I believe this is a special occasion. I should take the time to write to my senators and representative to express my views on current topics.

    It doesn’t matter how brief the communication, but it is most important that I make the effort. They need to know that I am involved.

    Jim Hatcher

    Elizabethtown

     

    Americans shouldn’t have to buy health care insurance

  • Senior Life: Summertime heat precautions for seniors

    Ted loves to spend long hours working in his garden. He’s worked outside all of his life; first on the family farm helping with the crops, and then in his own garden working to grow food for his family. His flower garden is the envy of the neighborhood. Ted often has said the heat and humidity typical to Kentucky doesn’t bother him.

  • Drought makes personal fireworks too risky

    ISSUE: Personal fireworks
    OUR VIEW: Hold your fire

    Weeks without a good rain and days of 100-plus temperatures have left Hardin County parched and, as of Friday, burn bans had been enacted throughout Hardin County.

    Regardless of the approaching holiday, it’s just not the time to light fireworks.