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Today's Opinions

  • It’s the patient, stupid

    We find ourselves in an election cycle again and slogans pop into the public consciousness and then fade away. In 1992, James Carville was an adviser to then-Gov. Bill Clinton and famously came up with the simple idea that resonated throughout the electorate: It’s the economy, stupid. With his southern drawl and aggressive attitude, the clear simplicity of the message hit home.

  • Elizabethtown looks to India to boost economic development

    ISSUE: E’town recruiting business in India
    OUR VIEW: A smart step by mayor, business leaders

  • Like robbing Peter, paying Paul and looking for Mary

    Like ugly, entrenched weeds overtaking plush gardens, Kentucky’s $34 billion unfunded public pension liability now dominates all budget decisions – not only in Frankfort but  in Kentucky’s 418 cities.

    State political leaders have made it clear they are willing to sacrifice human capital before allowing the fiscal realities of the commonwealth’s pension debt to crowd out costly pet projects – or their own opulent retirement benefits.

  • Where trash goes is a money matter

    ISSUE: Radcliff at odds with county’s solid waste plan 
    OUR VIEW: City’s position could put its county taxpayers at risk

  • Reflections on a pond

    The pond at White Mills Christian Camp is remarkable. It defies the very laws of nature as it rests above the flood plain that surrounds it on three sides.

    Occasionally, the Nolin River will charge out of its banks and threaten to absorb the pond. However, the pond is too lofty to attain. The river retreats slowly back to its own space as the pond calls out, “Away from me, you who are bloodthirsty!”

  • Sept. 27, 2012: Our readers write

    Benefits are earned

    There have been many references to “entitlements” in a variety of media sources over the past week. The various discussions brought to mind information I read years ago in my National Active and Retired Federal Employees (NARFE) magazine.

    The article explained that the word “entitlements” is another way of describing, for  active and retired federal employees, earned benefits. They are specified in law and we have legal rights to them. We earned them by devoting many years to our federal careers.

  • Health foundation listened to parents

    Winston Churchill famously said that “courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage also is what it takes to sit down and listen.” At the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, we believe that it will take courage from concerned citizens, local leaders and elected officials to achieve our mission of addressing the unmet health care needs of Kentuckians. And we believe that before we can “stand up and speak,” we first need to listen to the views of the people around us.

  • Brushy Fork needs commitment of candidates

    ISSUE: Brushy Fork Debate
    OUR VIEW: Too many candidates skipped it 

    The Brushy Fork debates, part of Vine Grove’s Autumn Daze Festival, is designed to give area voters a chance to hear from local, state and sometimes national candidates for public office. It’s also a chance for these candidates to gain access to some of the local and area voters from whom they seek a vote and endeavor to serve.