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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • June 4, 2014: Our readers write

    Responding to higher calling

    As Christians, we have an abundance of opportunities, but instead of pursuing our own rights, prosperity and happiness, we have a higher calling.

    It’s summarized best in Luke 10:27, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and love your neighbor as yourself.”

  • When the glass under your feet crackles

    He described it as “one of the craziest feeling(s) of my life.” It happened last week as Alejandro Garibay was standing on one of the glass boxes that extend out about four feet from the observation floor in the Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) 103 stories above Chicago.

    Garibay was posing for pictures with his brother and two of his cousins when the protective coating on the floor shattered, and the deck appeared to be cracking.

    The spectacular view of the Windy City suddenly seemed life threatening.

  • Area athletes shine on biggest stages

    TOPIC: Spring sports success
    OUR VIEW: Area showcased on state stage

    The North Hardin High School track and field teams once again showed their dominance on the sport’s biggest prep stage in Kentucky.

    And this year, they were joined by the boys’ squad from Fort Knox Knox High School.

    The North Hardin and Fort Knox boys won state titles and North Hardin’s Lady Trojans finished as the state runner-up, despite a phenomenal performance from junior standout Kianna Gray.