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Today's Opinions

  • Possible changes for hazardous duty pay

    Recent news reports said the Pentagon is considering cutting hazardous duty pay for military personnel deployed to some 18 locations and five waterways.

    That’s the good news and the bad news.

    Members of the armed forces receive $7.50 a day — up to $225 a month — when they are deployed to duty in specific places considered more dangerous than others. Hostile fire pay is something entirely different and troops cannot draw both benefits in the same month.

  • Virtual tour inspires frustration, reflection

    A one-bedroom suite at Allegro assisted living community measures 579 square feet.

    It includes a bedroom, bathroom, kitchenette and living room.

    I was lost in one Tuesday.

    Staring through yellow goggles with tiny sightlines and fumbling with fingers taped together and desensitized by gloves with popcorn kernels at the fingertips, I stood at the door of the suite.

  • July 23, 2013: Our readers write

    The race is on

    It appears that Kentucky’s own Alison Lundergan Grimes is off to a fast start in her bid to “Ditch Mitch.” With less than a few weeks in, Grimes may have committed her first campaign violation when she sent out an email begging for money. It seems a good number of those pleas went to the County Clerk’s Offices throughout the state which she, as secretary of state, oversees.

  • Gazing through time by way of Mama’s eyes

    Standing fully in the present moment, there are times when you can touch the past and the future, all at once and at the same time. You even can feel eternity sliding through your fingers.

    And sometimes it happens through someone else’s eyes.

    I see my mama’s eyes in a black and white photo of her when she was 6, maybe 7 years old — about 85 years ago now. She’s standing next to her mom somewhere out there on the Oklahoma prairie with the Great Depression swirling around them.

  • July 21, 2013: Our reader's write

    Sticking with Mitch

    It’s now official; just before our celebration of the July 4 we find out that the Kentucky Democratic Party’s second choice Alison Lundergan Grimes is now their first choice, because Tennessee resident Ashley Judd turned down the offer of the Kentucky Democratic Party.

  • 'Bee' someone who makes a difference in the community

    The name Walter T. Kelley is well-known in Grayson County and internationally known among beekeepers.

    Kelley’s name adorns a wing of the Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center and now also adorns the new Leitchfield campus of Elizabethtown Community and Technical College, which was dedicated last week.

    The hospital is the sole benefactor of the Walter T. Kelley Trust, which has continued to benefit from the ongoing success of his beekeeping supply business, which operates from a plant on U.S. 62 in Clarkson. That building also carries Kelley’s name.

  • Why raising the dropout age is a good step

    The Elizabethtown Independent Board of Education, along with more 100 school districts in Kentucky, sent a message in June to students and parents in Kentucky: Dropping out of school is no longer acceptable.

    Thanks to the Legislature, Gov. Steve Beasher and Kentucky Education Commissioner Terry Holiday, school boards across Kentucky were given the chance to increase the dropout age to 18. The changes will be enacted for the 2015-16 school year.

  • Providing facilities also provides hope

    ISSUE: Two buildings improving futures
    OUR VIEW: Exciting tools for training

    Dreams and development of opportunities were celebrated on consecutive days.

    One long-desired goal is complete. A community college annex now exists in Grayson County.

    Another goal began a fast-track construction schedule with a ceremonial ground breaking last week. Hardin County Schools started work on its Early College and Career Center in Elizabethtown.