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Today's Opinions

  • June 25, 2013: Our readers write

    Limit cost of living increases

    The June 3 edition of The News-Enterprise contained a story about Social Security with questions answered by an array of officials. 

    The story indicated  trustees project depletion of Social Security funds by the year 2033 — in 20 years.  Once the reserves run out, incoming payroll taxes will cover roughly 75 percent of  promised Social Security benefits, which would require an immediate 25 percent cut in benefits. This cut would reduce a monthly Social Security payment of $1,266 to $950.

  • Footballs, fitness and a fun fair

    ISSUE: Some good stuff

    OUR VIEW: Celebrate success

  • June is Fireworks Safety Month

    It is fitting that the month leading up to our nation’s birthday is Fireworks Safety Month as fireworks during the Fourth of July are as American as apple pie and, unfortunately, fireworks can be as dangerous as they are patriotic.

  • June 23, 2013: Our readers write

    Furlough fairness?

    Starting next month myself, along with the other government workers on post, will be required to take one day a week off without pay, sixteen hours a pay period, so the government can save money.

    It is amazing how quiet our elected officials and local media have been on this matter, considering what has been made public recently. One branch of the military said they had the money so no one would be furloughed, but yet it was determined, to make it fair for everyone, all branches would be required to enforce the furloughs.

  • Exploring the past with the latest technology

    Like walking through the pages of time, history museums hold a special attraction.

    Family members who travel with me don’t always share my willingness to read every panel and examine each exhibit. It often adds unwanted time to a trip.

    Going up in the arch in St. Louis? Expect a diversion into the museum inside its base that chronicles America’s western migration. Got plans for a Nashville weekend? Don’t mention The Hermitage or the Country Music Hall of Fame because Ben’s going to want to stop.

  • Coal exports unleash economic power

    When Mark Twain read his (obviously) premature obituary in the New York Times, he famously quipped: “the reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.”

    Now more than 100 years later, some of Kentucky’s most radical environmentalists have read the tea leaves concerning the recent loss of thousands of coal-mining jobs in Kentucky and are gleefully gearing up for a celebration of the industry’s demise.

  • June 21, 2013: Our readers write

    As buses come and go

    Of public transportation here in Hardin County, a question needs to be asked: Are we are beating a dead horse?

    Yes, a number of transportation studies for well more than a decade show a need for a transit system here in Hardin County — Elizabethtown, Radcliff, Vine Grove and Fort Knox — and found it wanted by the public and feasible to establish.

    Why haven’t fixed routes been set up except on paper and buses seen here are just another taxi service limited to the elderly or disabled.

  • The Dixie Diet works

    ISSUE: Realignment of Dixie Avenue
    OUR VIEW: Thinking outside the lanes pays off

    After years of consternation, fretting and sometimes silly attempts to improve traffic flow through downtown Elizabethtown, the Kentucky Department of Transportation took what seemed like a counter-intuitive step. U.S. 31W was put on a diet.

    As modes of transportation evolved and the area grew over the years, planners sought to accommodate the increased volume of automobile traffic on the street also known as Dixie Avenue.